2024 Spring Special Education Congress

Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, Carlsbad, CA
March 24th
- 26th

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About The Program

The 2024 Spring Special Education Congress, with its overarching theme of “Building a Culture of Inclusion: Shaping Special Education Environments through Cross-Departmental Efforts,” stands out as a distinctive opportunity for district leaders at the director level and above. This exclusive gathering offers a platform not only for networking but also for the collaborative exploration of forthcoming challenges and innovative solutions within the realm of inclusive education.

What to Expect:

Engage in strategic discussions that delve into the core of inclusive education. Participate in sessions crafted to foster in-depth conversations on evolving challenges and share insights that contribute to the ongoing transformation of special education environments.

Connect with director-level leaders who share a commitment to fostering inclusive learning environments. This congress provides a unique space for high-level networking, creating opportunities to establish valuable professional relationships that extend beyond the event.

As a district leader, your VIP pass to the Spring Special Education Congress is not just an entry to an event; it’s an investment in your professional growth and a step toward shaping the future of special education, ensuring that every student thrives in an environment of equity and support.

Topics Of Discussion

National special education teacher shortages and retention issues continue to plague large and small school districts. The new teacher pipeline consists of individuals who are career changers and have not previously participated in formal teacher training programs. To address the needs of the whole child and improve academic achievement, school districts must consider a strategic professional learning structure that addresses the diverse and complex needs of all special education teachers. This session will provide you with an inside look into our district’s multi layered approach to training teachers as well as those who support teachers.

This presentation will focus on strategies to address the disproportionate identification and suspension of students with disabilities which requires a multifacted approach involving educators, administrators, parents and community. The goal is to create an inclusive and equitable educational environment where all students have the opportunity to succeed.

The aim of inclusion is to embrace all people regardless of race, gender, or disability. The journey to our students with disabilities feeling included begins with our families, as our families are the first point of contact with the education system. The journey starts from day one and continues through students exiting our schools. This session will engage district leaders in a discussion on ways to engage families throughout their students educational journey as well as gain ideas from administrators across the country.

Join us in this session as we delve into the dynamic realm of strategic staffing solutions in special education leadership. Explore how our district is pioneering a universal approach to addressing staffing needs, ensuring fiscal responsibility remains at the forefront. Learn about the development of a cohesive philosophy that aligns with our commitment to inclusivity and excellence. Discover the pivotal role of data in our decision-making process and how it drives our staffing strategies. Gain insights into the importance of scheduling with special education considerations integrated at the table with general education, fostering a collaborative and student-centered approach.

This session is designed to address the unique needs and challenges faced by students with disabilities, ensuring their meaningful participation in the educational environment. Our approach emphasizes the importance of creating a supportive and accommodating infrastructure that not only fosters student attendance but also enhances the efficacy of staffing support.

Overall Experience
RTM Staff Rating
Value of time OOO

89.47% of delegates said this is the best event they’ve attended all year

Keynote Speakers

A dynamic roster of keynote speakers drives innovation at our congress events. Discover thought leaders and game-changers whose invaluable insights foster growth and excellence in each of our delegates.

Prakash Patel
Director of Innovation & Technology,
Upper Dublin School District
Ronnie Harvey
Administrative Director of Special Education & Alternative Programs,
Calcasieu Parish School Board


Jackie Allen
Director for Elementary Special Services,
Huntley Community School District 158
Katie Barrett
Senior Executive Director of Special Student Services,
Lincoln County SD
Elsie Briseño Simonovski
Administrative Director I, Special Education,
Newport-Mesa Unified School District
Michelle Brown
Executive Director, Special Education,
Dallas Independent School District
Sarah Coley
Administrative Director 1, Student Services,
Newport-Mesa Unified School District
Amanda Davis
Director of Student Support Services,
Klein Independent School District
Paul Delbick
Executive Director Special Education Local Plan Area,
Sierra Sands Unified
Sandra Fernandez
Executive Director, Special Education
Rick Frampton
Executive Director of Exceptional Student Services,
Lewis-Palmer Consolidated School District No. 38, Colorado

The Schedule

10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Event Registration

12:20 pm - 1:20 pm

Opening Keynote

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Strategy Sessions/Business Meetings

3:15 pm - 3:35 pm

Afternoon Refreshments and Networking

3:35 pm - 5:45 pm

Strategy Sessions/Business Meetings/Roundtable Discussions/Workshops

5:45 pm - 6:45 pm

Free Time

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Welcome Drinks and Dinner

7:00 am - 8:00 am

Networking Breakfast

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Morning Keynote

9:00 am - 10:30 am

Strategy Sessions/Business Meetings

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Morning Refreshments and Networking

11:00 am - 11:45 am

Strategy Sessions/Business Meetings

11:45 am - 12:30 pm

Workshop/Roundtable Discussions

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Networking Luncheon

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Roundtables/Business Meetings/Workshops

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Afternoon Refreshments and Networking

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Strategy Sessions/Business Meetings

5:00 pm - 5:45 pm

Leadership Talk

5:45 pm - 6:45 pm

Free Time

6:45 pm - 8:30 pm

Networking Drinks and Dinner

8:00 am - 8:15 am

Morning Refreshments and Networking

8:20 am - 9:05 am

Workshop/Roundtable Discussions

9:10 am - 9:55 am


10:05 am - 11:05 am

Strategy Sessions/Business Meetings

11:15 am - 12:00 pm

Closing Panel Discussion

Our Commitments to You

Maximized Networking Opportunities

Cultivate meaningful relationships with peers and thought leaders via networking opportunities and functions, strategically designed and planned by our team ahead of the event.

A personal, customized itinerary

Participants customize their schedule by selecting from various sessions, tracks and private meetings that align specifically with their business needs and goals.

Exclusive qualified attendance

In order to facilitate the most optimal networking and meeting opportunities, participation is invitation only and strictly limited to Senior Level Administrators & Executives.

return on time and objective

Your time and the objectives you have set are our top priority. We strive to facilitate the right meetings and introductions to ensure your time with us is being justified with real value.

Delegate Testimonials

Executive Director of Special Services
Dorchester School District Two, SC

This has been the most relevant conference that I’ve experienced in a very long time. I attend 2-3 professional conferences annually, and I’m taking more applicable content back from just Day 1 than I can recall in 39 years of work in education

Director, Student Services
Cheney School District, WA

RTM provides a unique experience that blends networking, learning, and opportunities to get to know industry partners. The big difference from the typical conference is the opportunity to meet with industry partners in an informal conversation while also learning from their experience. There are great opportunities to build a healthy learning and resource network with colleagues, industry experts, and industry partners. The opportunities are vast and the experience is powerful.

Director, Instructional Technology & STEM Integration Programs
Saginam Intermediate School District, MI

An impeccably organized event where educators from diverse corners of the country unite to share their narratives, contributing significantly to advancing the educational landscape.

Executive Director, Special Services
Yukon Public Schools, OK

I am thrilled I was afforded the opportunity to participate in my first RTM experience. It was refreshing to be surrounded by so many like-minded professionals who understand the barriers we are all facing. I was pleased with the way the RTM staff worked so diligently from the registration process to the final session. First class all the way!

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