2023 Pennsylvania Department of Education (In-Person) Conference

28. Creating Pathways to Attract and Retain Special Education Personnel Across Pennsylvania

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Session Dates

Thursday March 02, 2023 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Hershey Lodge and Convention Center


Attracting individuals to the field of special education and then retaining them long-term has been a focus across the nation and here at home. In this session, participants will discover the pathways that are underway across Pennsylvania to provide individuals with opportunities for special education personnel preparation, workforce entry, and early career retention. Hear from those who are creating these recruitment pathways, as well as those who are seeking out these opportunities – some before even graduating from high school.

Target Audience

General education and special education administrators and teachers, paraprofessionals, school psychologists, professional development staff, and families of students with disabilities are encouraged to attend.

Topics Covered: Special Education Law

Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate individuals who have special needs as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act and who need assistance at this event. Contact: Debra Jordan at (610) 878-7224 or djordan@pattan.net.

Event Info

Event Type:



Christine Moon

Event Contact:

Content Contact:

Barbara Gilligan
(800) 441-3215 ext. 7247

Additional Info

By registering for the PDE Conference, you authorize PDE/BSE/PaTTAN to record and edit into the program and related materials your name, likeness, image, voice and participation in and performance on film, tape or otherwise for use in the above program or parts thereof. You agree that the Program may be edited and otherwise altered at the sole discretion of the producer and used in whole or in part for any and all broadcasting, non-broadcasting, audio/visual, and/or exhibition purposes in any manner or media, in perpetuity.

Inclement Weather: The conference will take place rain or shine, regardless of weather conditions.