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This exciting new conference covers a wide variety of special education topics of interest to the classroom educator and resource professional.  Sessions are peer-led to ensure you are learning from experienced educators while exchanging perspectives and networking with colleagues.

Join us for a robust program that dives into not only classroom pedagogy, but specific strategies for collaboration, communication, and successful outcomes.

Over 6,000 CTA members attended the Virtual Conferences in 2020 and 2021.  With a specially discounted price of only $129, this conference will sell out so be sure to register early.

If you have any questions, please email the conference staff at


(VIRUTAL) IPD/CDE PRE-CONFERENCE AGENDA: Click here to download the current agenda.

CONFERENCE AGENDA*: Click here to download the current agenda.

WORKSHOP GRID*: Click here to download the current grid.

DESCRIPTIONS*: Click here to download the current workshop descriptions.

FRIDAY WELCOME BUFFET DINNER & DANCE FLYER – 90’s NIGHT! Celebrating 1990 in honor of the American with Disabilities Act of 1990.

*All program details and documents are subject to change.

Friday, September 30

4:00 PM - 8:30 PM

CTA Registration Desk & Exhibitor Showcase

6:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Conference Orientation

6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Friends of Bill W.

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Welcome Buffet Dinner - 90's Night!

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Dance - 90's Night!

Saturday, October 1

7:45 AM - 3:30 PM

CTA Registration Desk & Exhibitor Showcase

7:45 AM - 9:00 AM

Breakfast Buffet

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Opening Keynote Speaker: Kathy Buckley

9:15 AM - 10:30 AM

Workshop Session 1

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Workshop Session 2

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Lunch & Keynote Speaker: E. Toby Boyd, CTA President

1:45 PM - 3:00 PM

Workshop Session 3

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Coffee and Tea Service

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM

Workshop Session 4

4:45 PM - 5: 45 PM

Caucus Meetings

6:00 PM

Dinner on Own

Sunday, October 2

8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

CTA Registration Desk

7:45 AM - 9:00 AM

Coffee and Tea Service

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Caucus Meetings

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Workshop Session 5

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Brunch & Closing General Session: Carrie Flint

12:00 PM

Conference Concludes

Pre-Conference Workshops

Sign up for a pre-conference workshop using the Special Education registration link!

(Virtual) IPD/CDE Pre-Conference: Best Practices for New Educators in Special Education

  • Thursday, September 29: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Complimentary
  • 6:00 PM – 6:30 PM Opening Session –  Keynote: Heather Calomese, State Special Education Director, California Dept. of Education. Heather will address the state of Special Education in California and share with attendees what the CDE Special Education Division does to support their work. 
  • 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM Workshop Electives:
    • Unique Needs of Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing in the Mainstream or SDC Classroom: Come learn the special needs and accommodations needed for students with hearing loss in the general education or SDC classroom (not DHH SDC classroom) to help them succeed.
    • Best Practices for Running an IEP Meeting: This workshop will cover best practices for the IEP meeting, including what to do before the meeting, during the meeting, and after the meeting.
    • IEP Rights and Responsibilities: This session will cover various topic related to IEP meetings, including what should happen before, during, and after IEP meetings, including EdCode related to meetings and attendance expectations, school personnel and parent training, and other Special Education “must knows.”  We will also review complaint procedures.  The target audience is General Education teachers, newer Special Education teachers, and veteran Special Education teachers wanting a review of IEP practices.
    • Managing Expectations: In the session we will look at practical classroom management strategies, developing a strength-based, student-centered enforcement of expectations, and setting up procedures that guide smoother classroom environments and task  transitions. We will delve into simple mind-shifts that will better prepare us for learning, and practically guide our students in general and special education settings to better engage in our guided instructional tasks!
  • 7:30 PM – 8:00 PM Closing Session – Hear about the statewide resources available from the CDE and CTA, and hear how you can be more involved with CTA on Special Education matters.



Host Hotel – Hyatt Regency SFO
  • Address: 1333 Old Bayshore Hwy, Burlingame, CA 94010
  • Phone: 650-347-1234
  • Group Rate: $149/night + tax
  • Booking Deadline: Cutoff date has been extended until September 30th (or until hotel block sells out)
  • Parking: $15/day Self Parking

Booking information will be provided during conference registration.


  • CTA Members – $129
  • SCTA Members – $25
  • Invited Exhibitor – $560 / booth

Local Amenities

The Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport offers many on-site amenities including three dining outlets, room service, outdoor heated pool, 24-hour fitness center, and complimentary shuttle to SFO Airport. If you would like to explore the local area, Downtown Burlingame is only 1.8 miles away and is offers many unique dining and shopping options. Burlingame is also well connected to San Francisco to the north (a quick 35 minute BART ride away), and Palo Alto and other cities in Silicon Valley to the south are accessible via trains, buses and shuttles.

Health & Safety Policies

The health and safety of attendees, exhibitors and staff are our highest priority. In partnership with hotels, CTA will adhere to all official government and local authority guidance, as well as any venue or location-specific regulations.

All attendees, staff, exhibitors, and invited guests will be required to show proof of vaccination OR a written negative COVID-19 test taken within 1 day for an antigen test or 2 days for a PCR test upon check-in at the CTA Registration Desk.

Proof of vaccination can be in the form of your physical Vaccination Record Card (CRC) from the CDC, an image of the card, if you have a picture on your phone, or your digital COVID -19 vaccine record issued by the State of California.

Click here to see CTA’s health and safety policies for in-person events.


Session documents will be available in the conference app and attendee hub closer to the start of the conference.


Professional Growth Hours: Professional Growth credit will be available at no cost for CTA members. Confirmation of professional growth hours will be emailed shortly after the conference.

University Credit: The 2022-2023 University Credit Program is a benefit available to members attending CTA Conferences during the 2022-2023 school year. CTA Members, through attending in-person or virtual conferences, will be given the opportunity to accumulate the professional growth hours needed to qualify for university credit units with CSU, Chico. As a benefit to members, CTA will cover the cost for up to six university credit units with CSU, Chico, normally $75/credit. The professional growth hours can be accumulated by attending conferences live and/or by watching recordings. Click here for more information on how to claim the credit.


The CTA Board of Directors will award conference grants for the upcoming Special Education Conference. These incentive grants are available to new members, ethnic minority members and members from small chapters. Please click here for more details.


  • Application Deadline: Tuesday August 23, 2022


Planner Name: Jessica Guccione


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