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March 6-9, 2014 ~ Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
2014 COPAA Conference: The Power of a Quality Education
In 20 U.S.C. 1401(c)(5), Congress found that 30 years of research and experience has taught us that effective education of students with disabilities requires: having high expectations; strengthening the role and responsibility of parents; coordinating IDEA with other educational service and school improvement efforts; providing appropriate, individualized special education and related services and aids and supports in the general education classroom; supporting high-quality, intensive pre-service preparation and professional development for all personnel who work with children with disabilities; providing incentives for whole-school approaches; scientifically based early reading programs, positive behavioral interventions and supports; and supporting the use of technology.
COPAA Members know first-hand that when IDEA and other federal and state laws are implemented as intended, and the IEP team works collaboratively, the team becomes a synergistic force for the student - so that he or she has a real shot at life enrichment as the result of receiving a meaningful, quality education.It's time for Equity and Quality! The goal is not, and never has been, for procedural compliance with a statute. The goal is to support each student, through the spirit and letter of the law to be as independent, self-sufficient, self-advocating as possible; enforcing their civil right to an equal opportunity to obtain a successful education.
Every child must have an equal chance to learn, to achieve and to contribute, to graduate ready to attend college or pursue a career, to secure a meaningful job, to earn money, and to be a productive and contributing member of his or her community.
Thank you 2014 Conference Sponsors!