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The Exceptional Student Services Unit at CDE plans conferences throughout the year that are family-centered and designed to offer support, information, and education to parents and professionals. Click on the boxes above or view the FAQs about PEP for more in-depth information.

PEP Conference Information


Please click on and read FAQs about PEP before you apply for a PEP conference. It is important that you understand the rules we must follow for the PEP program, especially during busy times, such as registration at the hotel.

2019-2020 PEP Conference dates

Fall - October 10-12, 2019 - was in Fort Collins, Colorado
Winter - January 23-25, 2020 - was in Colorado Springs, Colorado
Spring - April 2-4, 2020 - Grand Junction, Colorado (CANCELLED)

Thank you for your interest in PEP. The 2019-2020 PEP conferences are closed. If you submit an application your name(s) will be added to a waiting list, and you will be contacted when additional information is available.


Read the FAQs about PEP

If there is anything in the FAQs that is unclear, please email Pahmela Mendoza with questions.

Feedback from Participants

Eligible Parents and Professionals are invited to attend PEP conferences. Read what past PEP conference participants have said!

  • "I was truly inspired with this conference! The amount of information and resources made available to us was so valuable. I could not be more grateful for the opportunity. My daughter will benefit big time!" – Parent
  • "It is probably the best educational conference I’ve been to because of the content and participants. I think administrators should be encouraged to attend!" – School Professional

Sample of a typical PEP conference agenda

More Information about PEP

Joyce Thiessen-Barrett
Family and School Partnering
Phone: 303-866-6757
Email Joyce Thiessen-Barrett

David Ramer, Program Support Assistant
1560 Broadway, Suite 1100, Denver, CO 80202
Phone: 303-866-6943, Fax: 303-866-6767
Email David Ramer

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