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DCDT International Conference
Chantilly, Virginia
October 16, 2024 - October 19, 2024

Registration for DCDT2024 Is Now Open!

  Before August 30, 2024 After August 30, 2024
Conference Registration DCDT Member $400 $455.00
Conference Registration Non-DCDT Member $550.00 $580.00

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Please note that registration is non-refundable and the registration system does charge a 3.95% processing fee. 

Pre-Conference Workshop

Join this Special pre-conference session focused on Special Education Leadership and Self-Determination issues in special education and transition.

7:30am - 8:30pm - continental breakfast
Special Education Leadership

Join the Virginia Council of Administrators of Special Education for a special pre-conference as we delve into the critical importance of special education leaders in today's educational landscape. In an era where inclusivity and diversity are at the forefront of educational priorities, the role of special education leaders has never been more vital. These leaders serve as the driving force behind creating inclusive environments, implementing evidence-based practices, and advocating for the unique needs of students with disabilities.

We will explore the multifaceted responsibilities of special education leaders. From exploring strategies that focus on the capacity of both special and general educators to examining high-leverage practices in our classrooms, participants will gain valuable insights into the transformative power of effective special education leadership. Whether you are a seasoned administrator or an emerging leader looking to make a difference, this conference offers a unique opportunity to enhance your leadership skills and drive positive change in your school community.

12:00 am - 1:pm - buffet lunch
Building a Culture of Self-Determination

Self-determination has always been a big part of a student’s transitional years. Practicing the I’m Determined Elements, or skills, abilities, and beliefs associated with self-determined behavior all point to higher outcomes for students with disabilities. The problem is that not all students have the same opportunity to practice these elements. For that reason, embedding a culture of self-determination into the fabric of a school division is critical, as it allows for higher levels of competence, autonomy, and relatedness to be felt by youth and educators. We will showcase how to build a culture of self-determination into existing frameworks and will discuss the importance of this practice

8: 30 am - 4 pm: breakfast and lunch is provided - Fee $230


Division of Learning Disabilities Pre-Conference

Wednesday October 16

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Fee $230

Morning Presentation: Illuminating Pathways for Successful Transitions

Wouldn’t it be nice if post-secondary transitions for students with learning disabilities (LD) was as easy as turning on a light switch? Preparing students for successful transitions is challenging and extremely important work that builds from strong specialized instruction with special education. The work you do is important, and we want to make it easier for you by helping to provide evidence-based instruction to build foundational academic skills. In this workshop members of CEC’s Division of Learning Disabilities will share information about academic (and other) interventions that support transition by teaching students with LD with evidence-based practices. 

We will answer all of your burning questions like:

  • What makes LD special?
  • What do academic interventions have to do with transition?
  • What, really, is the science of reading?
  • Math, yikes. 
  • Do these presenters really know what they are talking about?

LUNCH BUFFET 12 – 1:00 pm

Afternoon Presentation: To Infinity and Beyond: Transition Considerations for Neurodiverse Students

The impact of a LD doesn’t stop once a student graduates high school. Well-developed transition plans not only fulfill legal obligations, but also set students up for a lifetime of success. In this session members of CEC’s Division for Learning Disabilities outline ways to create strong transition plans for students with LD with specific attention to how students’ intersectional identities (e.g., ADHD, anxiety, racial identity, primary language difference, giftedness, LGBTQ+) can impact transition planning and success. We address considerations for students transitioning to postsecondary education or workforce and discuss changing landscape of higher education disability documentation. 

In both the morning and afternoon session, we will share resources, ways to find out more about what interests you, and preview sessions where you can learn more. We promise to provide practical information that you can take back to your classroom or district. We appreciate what you do for students and are grateful that you are willing to spend your valuable time with us.


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