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Annual ACRES Conference

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 42nd ACRES Annual Conference

Strong as Steel: Celebrating Resilience in Rural Special Education will be held Thursday, March 9 - Saturday, March 11, 2023 at the Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square, 300 W Station Square Dr, Pittsburgh, PA.

Pittsburgh skyline with incline

The call for proposals is now open!

  • Please make sure to read the session types and application guidelines as we have added new session types this year.
  • Proposals submitted by October 15, 2022 will be eligible for early decisions. November 15, 2022 is the last date to submit.

Questions about the annual conference may be directed to:


Conference Coordinator: Pamina Abkowitz, St. Bonaventure University

Recent Annual Conferences

  • March 3-5 2022 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
  • March 18-19 2021, Virtual Event
  • 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