NCEA 2017 New Directions Exceptional Learners Conference

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June 19-21, 2017
Hilton Orrington/Evanston
Evanston, Illinois


Catholic schools strive to be inclusive of all learners, and teachers and administrators are seeking strategies, best practices and resources to help serve the needs of exceptional learners in the classroom. Ergo, it is with great pleasure that we announce the NCEA 2017 New Directions Exceptional Learners Conference (NCEA 2017 ELC), which will take place June 19-21, 2017 in Evanston, IL (Chicago area). 

NCEA 2017 ELC will provide top-level education to teachers and administrators who either work with or are exploring the possibility of working with students with exceptionalities in a Catholic school setting. This program is designed to offer practical skills, quality professional development and networking opportunities for special educators in Catholic schools, early interventionist, and other Catholic educators instructing and supporting children and youth with exceptionalities.

Pertinent information regarding registration and housing will be announced at a later date.


Call for Proposals - NOW CLOSED

Call for Proposals for the NCEA 2017 ELC is now closed. NCEA welcomed presentation proposals for this one-of-a-kind event. Session times will be 60 or 75 minutes in length and poster sessions will also be accepted. Presenters were strongly encouraged to align their presentation with the following themes:

  • RtI/MTSS/Progress Monitoring
  • Instructional Practice
  • Universal Design for Learning
  • Social Emotional Strategies
  • Therapeutic Support (Occupational, Speech and Language, Physical Therapy, Sensory Integration)
  • Working with ESSA and LEAs
  • Poster Sessions: Diocesan or School Level Exceptional Learner Program Implementation (Specific instructions for poster presentations will be provided once accepted)

Examples of populations served within the Exceptional Learner umbrella include, but are not limited to, gifted, English as a Second Language, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome, Dyslexia, Developmental Delays, and Down Syndrome.