EC Annual Conference

The Exceptional Children Division of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, through its strategic plan, is committed to increasing the performance of students with disabilities, thereby enhancing their ability to graduate and achieve productive post-secondary outcomes. It is critical that all who have a stake in impacting the lives of our students – parents/families, special education teachers, related service personnel, psychologists, regular education teachers, administrators – collaborate to help them thrive each day and into the future.

The Exceptional Children Division is pleased to invite colleagues from across the state to join us for the Annual Conference on Exceptional Children. This annual collegial event is an opportunity to share and learn about innovations and exciting practices to help exceptional children achieve.

Numerous enriching activities include:

  • An uplifting Plenary Session with inspiring keynote presentation;
  • 90+ informative Instructional Sessions covering the broad spectrum of exceptional children education;
  • Educators of Excellence reception honoring outstanding North Carolina special educators;
  • Poster Display of innovative programs and practices;
  • School-Based Enterprise Bazaar showcasing products created and marketed by North Carolina Public School students with disabilities;
  • Exhibitor/Vendor area that offers interactions with organizations and companies specializing in serving exceptional children.

Come be an integral part of this annual gathering in Greensboro of more than 3,000 professionals and parents, all working together to improve educational outcomes for all students!

2023 72nd Conference on Exceptional Children

October 23-25, 2023

Koury Convention Center, Sheraton Greensboro Hotel at Four Seasons

The general conference will be held October 23-24, 2023, at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro. Each year thousands of special education teachers, administrators, related service providers, community partners, and families of students with disabilities gather to learn, network and celebrate exemplary practice models, people and content. As we celebrate this milestone of the 72nd Conference we are excited to announce this year's theme: Opportunities to Learn, Opportunities to Succeed

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION:: Registration Closed. No onsite or late registrations will be accepted. 

2023 Conference Costs:

General Conference Only (Monday & Tuesday, October 23-24) $150.00

Post-Conference Institute Only (Wednesday, October 25) $100.00

Institute & General Conference Combo (Monday - Wednesday, October 23-25) $225.00

General Conference Agenda

FINAL General Conference Session Grid 

List of Post-Conference Institute Descriptions 

Educators of Excellence reception honoring outstanding North Carolina special educators will be held Monday, October 23, 2023

Hotel Reservations:: 

CEU Certificates::  All CEU Certificates have been emailed to participants.  Separate certificates were sent for General Conference and Institute participation.  Participants can contact Ginger Cash at if they have any questions or did not receive their CEU certificate(s).  Certificates will not be available after January 1, 2024.