Pennsylvania Department of Education Conference

Making a Difference: Educational Practices That Work!

March 2-4, 2022

Join Pennsylvania’s educators for the Bureau of Special Education’s signature event.

This annual statewide conference offers an opportunity to learn and engage with nationally recognized presenters, as well as colleagues from across the state, highlighting effective instructional strategies and interventions designed to make an educational difference for all students.


The 2022 PDE Conference will be offered in a hybrid format - in person at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center or online through ChimeLive.






The 2022 PDE Conference focuses on Attract, Prepare, Retain: Effective Personnel For All.

The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is focusing on strategies to attract, prepare, and retain effective personnel—general and special education teachers, early childhood personnel, and related services providers—who have the knowledge and skills needed to provide effective instruction, interventions, supports, and services to children with disabilities.

This is a topic that is important for schools, states, communities, businesses, districts, and professional organizations. This issue disproportionately affects children with disabilities and their families due to the many unfilled positions and high attrition rates among special education teachers, early childhood personnel, and related services providers. The focus for the 2022 PDE Conference is to explore potential strategies and innovative approaches to address this critical need. 



Conference Flyer
Conference Schedule

"Can't Miss" Keynotes
Session Descriptions
Speaker Bios

Exhibit Hall

Ask the Bureau 
of Special Education
Ask the Special Education Advisory Panel (SEAP)

Conference Attendance and Continuing Education Credit Eligibility

In order to be eligible for conference attendance and/or continuing education credit, you must register for each individual session for which you are applying for credit and/or attendance. You will not receive credit, or be marked in attendance, for any sessions for which you have not registered.
Continuing Education Credits

Who Attends?

  • General education and special education administrators and teachers

  • Career and technical education administrators and teachers

  • Preschool administrators and teachers

  • Related service providers

  • School psychologists

  • Paraprofessionals

  • Higher education faculty

  • Professional development staff

  • Families of students receiving special education and related services




The PDE Conference is designed by the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (, whose mission is to support the efforts and initiatives of the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Bureau of Special Education, and to build the capacity of local educational agencies to serve students who receive special education services.



- Office Lead
- State Lead
Dennis Cullen PaTTAN - East
Barbara Gilligan PaTTAN - East