2021 Leadership and Project Directors’ Conference


Monday, July 19, 2021 – Thursday, July 22, 2021


Virtual Meeting

Meeting Who

Leadership Audience

  • Part B State Directors and agency staff working across federal programs
  • Part C Directors/619 Coordinators and staff
  • Parent Center Directors and staff
  • Part B and Part C Data Managers
  • Part D Technical Assistance Providers
  • State Advisory Councils and State Interagency Coordinating Councils
  • OSEP and U.S. Department of Education staff

Project Directors'  Audience

  • Personnel Development Project Directors
  • Technical Assistance and Dissemination Project Directors
  • Educational Technology, Media, and Materials Project Directors
  • Parent Center Project Directors
  • State Personnel Development Grant Project Directors
  • Data Center Project Directors
  • OSEP doctoral scholars
  • Project Evaluators
  • OSEP and U.S. Department of Education staff


The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) hosted its Leadership and Project Directors’ Conference virtually on July 19 – 22, 2021. The conference combined OSEP’s bi-annual Leadership and Project Directors’ conferences. Sessions that were applicable to Leadership Conference and Project Directors’ Conference audiences were offered to participants.



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Lodging, Dining, Activities

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Agenda At-A-GlanceThe conference consisted of live Plenary Sessions, Large Group Panels, State Team Meetings, Program Area Meetings, and Topical Discussions.  There were also prerecorded Breakout and Poster sessions throughout the conference.  You can find all of the recordings on our YouTube channel for the 2021 Joint Conference.

Full Agenda(s)

Session Formats

Large Group and Policy Panels: Panels are live, moderated sessions that share important topics with cross-stakeholder appeal. Panelists represent multiple perspectives (Federal, State, research, practitioner/exemplar). Attendees will be able to submit questions that may be answered during a live Q&A. Panels will be archived on the platform within 24-48 hours. 

Breakout Session: Implementation exemplars discussing effective practices for prioritized topics are highlighted in 30 minute, pre-recorded videos and are available throughout the conference. 

Topical Roundtable Discussions:  Accompanying component for breakout presenters and attendees to engage around shared topics. At least one presenter from each breakout session is required to participate.

Poster Sessions: Innovative practices in a State, program, or grant are briefly highlighted in a 3-5 minute, pre-recorded video and are available throughout the conference.  

Technology Demonstrations: Presenters will demonstrate new technologies available to practitioners, State education agencies, researchers, and technical assistance providers. Tech demonstrations are 10 minute pre-recorded, videos and are available throughout the conference.

TA&D Booths: Booths are intended for attendees to learn more about available funded TA Centers. Centers present content through pre-recorded videos and share resources relevant to returning to in-person learning. Attendees have the option to contact Center personnel. Booths can be accessed throughout the conference. 

Speed Networking: Like speed dating, but for the professional setting! Randomly matched group networking sessions. Conversation starters provided.   

Informal Networking: Schedule networking sessions with other participants at times convenient for you.

Engagement Guides

The attendee engagement guides can help you determine which sessions you shouldn’t miss. They also provide detailed information about various session types (e.g., informal/speed networking, optional office hours), including guiding prompts and more about how to navigate the sessions in the platform.

View the Engagement Guides