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.

Registration is closed for this event. Please contact Lisa Gehman @lgehman@wasa-oly.org if you have any questions. 

View the program!


8:30 a.m.      WA Case Meeting (breakfast provided)
11:00 a.m.    Preconference Opening Session
12:45 p.m.    Lunch & Learn
5:00 p.m.      Preconference Ends
6:00 p.m.      Reception (appetizers provided)

Wednesday, August 2 | 1:45–3:00 p.m.

Breakout Presentation by Conference Sponsor: University Instructors, LLC
Early Childhood Special Education
Every Minute Counts:  Calculating IEP Services to Improve Student Outcomes in Washington State
Flexible Services and Intervention (MTSS, Special Eudcation and 504s)
Braided Funding and Flexible Staffing Options
Restraint and Isolation
Fiscal and Dispute Resolution Updates
The Role of BCBAs in Schools
ALE’s and Nontraditional Learning

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

Fairfield Kennewick Inn
7809 West Quinault Avenue
Kennewick, Washington 99336
Use this link to secure your hotel at a discounted rate by July 15, 2023 or until rooms are full. 

Red Lion Hotel Columbia Center
1101 N Columbia Center Blvd B
Kennewick, WA 99336
Rooms are available at $99 per night until they are filled.

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

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 or until full to receive the discounted group rate. 

Springhill Suites

Discounted housing rates are full for Springhill Suites at this time.

SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western Kennewick Tri-Cities
Discounted housing rates are full for Best Western at this time. 

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.