The 2020 Special Education Legislative Summit went virtual for 2020!

Typically held in Washington, D.C., during July, the Special Education Legislative Summit (SELS) is an opportunity for educators from across the country to make a difference by advocating for change with Members of Congress.

The COVID-19 pandemic brought the Summit to new heights with a Virtual SELS  held over the course of two weeks from July 13-24, 2020.

Here’s what this entailed:

  • Once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.
    Town Hall-style events where attendees learned from and asked questions of policy experts and Capitol Hill veterans. They experienced first-hand what it’s like to be a decision-maker in Washington.
  • In-depth learning about key issues.
    SELS Team Leaders and experts from the field provided updated news and information about the key issues impacting special educators across the country including legislation, appropriations, mental health, educator shortages, and more.
  • Opportunities to improve advocacy skills with the experts.
    Attendees learned from people who have done this work before about how to sharpen the message to bring to Members of Congress to advocate for infants, toddlers, children, and youth with exceptionalities. Virtual SELS gave attendees the support needed and many ways “to meet” with a Member to make a difference.

Because SELS was virtual this year, this experience was offered as a FREE benefit of membership to our Council of Administrators for Special Education (CASE) division and Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).

Please see below to access the recent SELS issue briefs:

 

 

2020 APPROPRIATIONS ISSUE BRIEF

 

2020 TEACHER SHORTAGE ISSUE BRIEF 

 

2020 MENTAL HEALTH ISSUE BRIEF

 

2020 COVID-19 ISSUE BRIEF