10 Special Education and Gifted and Talented Education Conferences You Don’t Want to Miss in 2019

Special populations require specialized instruction.

To remain current in the most effective educational methods, strategies, and tools available, you’ve got to attend conferences that provide cutting-edge professional development and networking opportunities for those serving special education and Gifted & Talented populations.

Special education conferences

1. Higher Education Consortium for Special Education Summit

HESCE advocates for higher education professional who develop educator preparation programs. HECSE brings together educators, researchers, advocates, and policymakers to discuss the latest research and developments in special education.

January 16-19, 2019/Washington, DC (Registration: TBD)

2. CARD Conference

The Centers for Autism & Related Disorders offers participants opportunities for learning and networking as they explore best practices in education for autistic students.

January 18-20, 2019/Orlando, FL (Registration: $375)

3. Council for Exceptional Children 2019

The CEC 2019 conference provides four days of sessions for teachers and administrators who work with special education students. Breakouts include accountability, RtI, STEM and more. The conference has a special strand for charter schools.

January 29-February 2, 2019/Indianopolis, IN (Registration: $445)

4. LDA 56th Annual International Conference

The Learning Disabilities Association of America Conference hosts more than one thousand attendees who are interested in discovering more about learning disabilities and how to best help those who have them. Discover the newest assistive technology and network with peers.

February 18-21, 2019/Ft. Worth, TX (Registration: $340)

5. Converge Autism Conference

Featuring Temple Grandin as its keynote speaker, this national conference is for those in a variety of support fields that work with autistic students, including educators, psychiatrists, and medical professionals.

March 7-8, 2019/Greenville, SC (Registration: $249)

6. National Conference on School Discipline

This conference addresses school discipline for all students, and it includes sessions on how to handle challenging behaviors, legal landmines, and how to support special education students in the classroom.

July 9-12, 2019/Orlando, FL (Registration: $249)

7. Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference

To keep up with the latest changes in special education, attend a Wrightslaw conference. This legal team schedules conferences throughout the continental United States every year. For 2019, Wrightslaw has already scheduled conferences in Long Island, NY and Houston, TX. Register early, because venues fill quickly.

Dates, locations, and registration fees vary

Gifted & talented education conferences

8. 9th Annual Gifted Education Conference

This year’s theme is Theory and Practice: Conceptual Foundations and Classroom Strategies in Gifted Education.

February 6-7, 2019/Denver, CO (Registration: $80-$175)

9. 66th Annual NAGC Conference

The National Association for Gifted Children will host this conference for educators and administrators who work with gifted students. You’ll select from over 300 sessions and learn from respected leaders in the field of gifted education.

November 7-10, 2019/Albuquerque, NM (Registration: $439)

10. The 23rd Annual World Council for Gifted and Talented Children

The World Council for Gifted and Talented Children (WCGTC) will hold its 23rd WCGTC Biennial World Conference. The theme is A World of Possibilities: Gifts, Talents, and Potential. G & T educators will meet and learn from peers, parents, and researchers.

July 24-28, 2019/Nashville, TN (Registration: TDB)

These special education and gifted and talented education conferences will help you revitalize your teaching.


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