2024 South Special Education Congress

San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter, San Antonio, Texas
September 15th
- 17th

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About The Program

The 2024 South Special Education Congress 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.

Explore practical solutions to the real-world challenges faced by leaders in special education. Benefit from the collective wisdom of experienced professionals as you collectively address issues such as curriculum design, staffing shortages, and the integration of innovative technologies in the pursuit of enhanced student outcomes.

As a district leader, your VIP pass to the South 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 inclusion and support.

Topics Of Discussion

This session will explore innovative approaches to attract a broad range of qualified candidates while fostering an inclusive hiring environment. Topics will include identifying barriers to diversity, leveraging community partnerships, implementing equitable hiring practices, and promoting a supportive workplace culture. The session aims to provide actionable insights and collaborative solutions for educational institutions seeking to enhance diversity and inclusivity in their special education hiring processes.

This session will provide attendees with the knowledge and tools needed to support students with disabilities on their journey to a fulfilling and successful adult life. It reinforces the belief that every student, regardless of their abilities, has the potential for a bright and meaningful future with the right guidance and support.

One of the primary objectives of this session is to shed light on the most recent updates in federal and state special education policies. It delves into the key changes that have been enacted in recent years, offering leaders a comprehensive understanding of the evolving legal framework. This session will equip attendees with the knowledge and tools needed to navigate the ever-changing policy landscape and transform policy into meaningful practice for the benefit of students with disabilities.

Overall Experience
Level of Content
Value of time OOO

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

Keynote Speaker

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.

Dr. Michael Maclin
Special School District of St Louis County, Missouri

Present Speakers

Brittney Oden
Path 2 Teach Instructional Coach,
Mesa Public Schools (AZ)
Christine Argenzio-Davis
Path2Teach Dept Specialist,
Mesa Public Schools, Arizona
Andy Burnett
Director of Exceptional Student Education,
Putnam County School District (FL)
Mackenzie Casall
Executive Director for Student Support Services,
Plano Independent School District (TX)
Dr. William Derden
Director of Exceptional Learning,
Colleton County School District (SC)
Dahria Driskell
Executive Director of Special Services,
Friendswood Independent School District (TX)
Dr. Victoria Fields
Director of Special Services,
Deer Park Independent School District (TX)
Rick Frampton
Executive Director of Exceptional Student Services,
Lewis-Palmer Consolidated School District No. 38, Colorado
Talithia Newsome
Director of GNETS,
Richmond County School System (GA)

The Schedule

10:00 am - 5:30 pm

Event Registration

12:10 pm - 1:10 pm

Opening Keynote

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Strategy Sessions/Business Meetings

3:15 pm - 3:35 pm

Afternoon Refreshments & Networking

3:35 pm - 5:45 pm

Strategy Sessions/Business Meetings/Roundtable Discussions/Workshops

5:45 pm - 6:30 pm

Free Time

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Welcome Reception & Dinner

7:00 am - 8:00 am

Networking Breakfast

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Morning Keynote/Panel Session

9:00 am - 10:30 am

Strategy Sessions/Business Meetings

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Morning Refreshments & Networking

11:00 am - 11:45 am

Strategy Sessions/Business Meetings

11:45 am - 12:30 pm

Workshops/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 & Networking

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Strategy Sessions/Business Meetings

5:00 pm - 5:45 pm

Closing Day Keynote

5:45 pm - 6:45 pm

Free Time

6:45 pm - 8:30 pm

Networking Reception & Dinner

8:00 am - 8:15 am

Morning Refreshments & Networking

8:20 am - 9:05 am

Workshops/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 Keynote

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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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