The Special Education Preconference is designed for ALL Special Education administrators and coordinators in Washington State—to provide information needed to be successful in the ever changing. 

August 2, 2023 | 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

Three Rivers Convention Center
7016 W Grandridge Blvd
Kennewick, WA 99336


Dr. Jackie Joseph is a Research Associate Professor at the University of Denver Positive Early Learning Experiences Center, where her work promotes high-quality inclusion across the early childhood care and education system. She specifically focuses on family partnerships and evidence-based strategies for fostering each and every young child’s social, emotional, and behavioral development. Jackie’s experience working in child care administration offers her an applied understanding of implementing and scaling high quality inclusion. Dr. Joseph has two young children herself, one of whom has a rare genetic syndrome. Her anti-ableist research and work are strongly influenced by her family’s experiences, and Jackie strives to co-create opportunities and spaces that ensure that all young children, disabled and nondisabled, and their families experience meaningful inclusion and belonging.

Preschool Transitions, Integrated PreK, and Transitional Kindergarten 
Leading & Sustaining Inclusionary Practices within an MTSS Framework
Staffing and Bargaining and Caseloads (oh my!) 
Secondary Transition Services and Supports
Fiscal & Budget innovations 
Leadership & Staffing pipelines
Response to Intervention for Eligibility for Specific Learning Disability
Non-public Agencies, Isolation & Restraint, and Therapeutic Programs 
Safety Net Structures 
Technology, Assistive Technology, and Communicative Competence 
Co-designing Responsive Systems with Students & Families

Topic areas will be incorporated across a variety of interactive sessions, including breakouts, discussion shorts, and experience-level groups. 

$99 per person. Up to 5 Washington State Approved Clock Hours are available (dependent on your participation in individual sessions) and are included in registration.\


The following meals are included in registration:
Lunch Buffet
Afternoon Reception

Hilton Garden Inn
701 N. Young St.
Kennewick, WA  99336
Please call 509.735.4600 to make your housing reservations by Monday, July 3, 2023 to receive the discounted group rate. 

Springhill Suites
7048 West Grandridge Blvd.
Kennewick, WA  99336
Please call 509.820.3026 to make your housing reservations by Monday, July 3, 2023 to receive the discounted group rate. 

SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western Kennewick Tri-Cities
602 N Young St, Kennewick, WA 99336
Cutoff Date: Wednesday July 12, 2023
There are two ways to make a reservation:
- Online, by going to our website and following these simple steps:
·         Website: https://www.bestwestern.com/en_US/book/hotel-rooms.48189.html?groupId=4M7HB8Q1. Verify your check in and check out dates at the top of the screen are correct.
·         Select the room you would like to reserve and enter in your information to book!
- By Phone, by calling the hotel directly at (509) 396-9979 and pressing 0 and providing your Group Name, Group Code 4M7HB8Q1, and check in and out dates.

Comfort Inn Kennewick Richland
7801 Quinault Ave. Kennewick, WA  99336
509.783.8396 | $129 / night
Deadline to register at the WASA rate: Sunday July 2, 2023
Call hotel directly and provide the following information:
- Group Name:  WASA Special Education Conference
- Group Number:  YR65L6

5 hours will be available to attendees the end of the session on August 2, 2023.

A $75 administrative fee applies to all cancellations submitted by June 20, 2023. 
No refunds after June 20th. 
No Show = No Refund.

Contact Lisa Gehman at lgehman@wasa-oly.org or 360.943.5717 with registration questions.