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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.

*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 - 9:00 PM

Welcome Reception & Buffet Dinner

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Friends of Bill W.

Saturday, October 1

7:45 AM - 3:30 PM

CTA Registration Desk & Exhibitor Showcase

7:45 AM - 9:00 AM

Continental Breakfast

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 – 7:00 PM Workshop Electives:
    • Best Practices for Collaborating in the Classroom: In this workshop we will discuss best practices for paraprofessionals and special education teachers to work together.
    • 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.
    • Navigating Relationships: How to navigate external and internal relationships to better align our collective support of students with IEPs.
    • Advocating Effectively for our Students with IEPs: This workshop will help educators better understand how to advocate within the complex dynamics of the school system in order to create meaningful impact for their students.
  • 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: September 14, 2022 (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
  • Non-Members – $387
  • 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 University Credit Program is a benefit available to members attending CTA Conferences. More information is coming soon regarding the University Credit program for 2022-2023. In the meantime, check out our current summer program here for more information.


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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