Pennsylvania Department of Education Conference

Making a Difference: Educational Practices That Work!

March 3-4, 2021

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

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and with the health and safety of our participants in mind, the 2021 PDE Conference will not be held in-person, but rather as a virtual event. There is no cost for this event. While this year’s format will be different, the goal remains the same: 

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.


Conference registration is closed.

Conference Flyer
Conference Schedule


"Can't Miss" Keynotes
Session Descriptions
Speaker Bios

Virtual 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

Frequently Asked Questions


Who Attends?

  • General education and special education administrators and teachers

  • ‚ÄčCareer 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