Northwest Suburban Special Education Organization

ISBE's 2023 Directors Conference



About Us

Northwest Suburban Special Education Organization

NSSEO propels students with special needs to be actively engaged citizens through dynamic family, school and community partnerships.


Registration open through 6/1/2023 10:59 PM Central Time (US & Canada)


Target Audience

Open to all Special Education Directors in Illinois.


This conference is co-sponsored by the Illinois Board of Education (ISBE) and the Illinois Special Education Leadership Academy (ISELA).


The Art of Blending Special Education Leadership and Guidance

Wednesday, June 7, 2023

1:00 PM-4:00 PM

June 8, 2023


This exciting return of the Statewide Directors' Conference has just been confirmed for early this June to provide great planning opportunities for the 2023-2024 school year.

Special Featured Keynote - Wednesday, June 7th

Painting the Vision for Special Education in Illinois

Dr. Tony Sanders, ISBE State Superintendent

Keynote- Thursday, June 8th

Creating a Masterpiece That Will Change the Lives of Children - Transform your Special Education Program by Thinking Outside of the Box to Address Common Issues.


Dr. Zelphine Smith-Dixon, Rockdale County Public Schools, Chief Student Support Officer


Collaborative Breakout Sessions

The breakout sessions focus on important current topics combined with a local perspective based on experience, blending the art of leadership with implementing guidance effectively. The topics for these sessions include:

  • IDEA/State Grants/Funding
  • State Technical Assistance Projects
  • Blending Vision with Current Special Education Trends
  • New Directors Sessions – The art of balance and knowledge


NSSEO is committed to providing a learning space that meets the needs of everyone. If you need any accommodations, please email Katie Krafton at





There is NO COST to attend this conference.