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Annual Conference

The 40th ACRES Annual Conference will be a live virtual event.
Synchronous sessions will be held March 18 - 19, 2021.

Please join us Live online! Frequent, short sessions will allow time to interact with presenters.

Download the revised conference program to find a schedule of presentations, business meetings, and social events with new room location information. 

We welcome your participation! Download the Conference Presentation Schedule to plan your attendance. .

Conference Registration and Fees
  • Attendance is FREE for all students and PreK-12 teachers!
  • For all other attendees, including presenters, please consider making a tax deductible donation of at least $25. A registration fee of $100 will include a 1-year annual membership and a $25 tax-free donation.
  • We strongly encourage all attendees to become an ACRES member or renew your membership! Click the Membership link above for more information.
  • All presenters and attendees must register for the conference to receive a link to the virtual sessions. 
A note about ACRES Membership: You will be able to add or renew membership when you register for the conference. The fee to join or renew is $75 for regular members and $25 for students.

The American Council on Rural Special Education (ACRES) holds an annual national conference every Spring. This conference features peer-reviewed presentations, meetings of the ACRES Board of Directors, and a business meeting with a report of activities to the membership.
The Call for Proposals is now closed.
The theme for the 2021 Conference is Re-imagining Rural Special Education: Access and Engagement
  • Download the Call for Proposals or click on the sidebar to find the complete instructions about how to prepare your proposal, the selection process, and helpful tips.
  • When you are ready to submit your proposal, click the link here or in the sidebar.
  • Download the Conference Flyer and share widely with interested colleagues and students!

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Recent Annual Conferences

March 7-9, 2020 in San Antonio, Texas
March 7-9, 2019 in Alexandria, Virginia
March 14-17, 2018 in Salt Lake City, Utah
March 8-11, 2017 in Asheville, North Carolina
March 9-12, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada
March 17-21, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana
March 19-22, 2014 in Tucson, Arizona
March 17-6-9, 2013 in Orlando, Florida
March 24-26, 2011 in Albuquerque, New Mexico
March 25-27, 2010 in Memphis, Tennessee
March 12-14, 2009 in Denver, Colorado

Future Conference Locations:

    2022: Myrtle Beach, NC
    2023: Pittsburgh, PA