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. To provide 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 synergetic 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.
The program committee is interested in sessions that demonstrate the success of the full spectrum of tools and processes available under the law, and all relevant topics are considered. This year there is particular interest in sessions that:
· provide useful information to practitioners,
· emphasize strategies to close the gap between the promise and the reality of the civil right to an equal, quality education,
· demonstrate the power of a quality education to produce outcomes for students and families
- provide specific information about evidence based-practice for how students with disabilities best learn,
· share advocacy strategy for increasing compliance with the law or faithful implementation of IEPs and related services, supports, and accommodations to assure meaningful progress,
· Or sessions that demonstrate a combination of these factors.
2014 COPAA Conference Request for Proposals Now Open
The 16th Annual COPAA Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, March 6-9th is the only opportunity this year for sharing expertise and networking with over 400 leading special education advocates and attorneys from across the country. Sessions focus on excellence in advocacy and strategy to protect the civil rights of students with disabilities and their families.
(Note: Attorneys who represent education agencies or have done so in the last 5 years, and current employees of education agencies who receive greater than 50% of income from a school district are not eligible to attend the conference or submit proposals.)
Content of Proposals
· Proposals are sought for break-out-sessions to be held on Saturday, March 8 and Sunday, March 9th, 2014.
· Breakout sessions run one hour and 15 minutes (including questions).(The conference review committee may, at its discretion, ask presenters to repeat an accepted session or present for a longer time frame).
Deadline for Proposals:
· Proposals must be received on orbefore midnight Eastern Time on August 30th
COPAA Conference Attendees include attorneys, advocates, parents and related educational professionals. Registrants' level of knowledge of the law and best practices relating to the education of children with disabilities will vary widely, from novice through intermediate to advanced. Accordingly, proposals should be developed, and clearly identified for the target audience. Proposals that are geared to a range of knowledge levels should be identified as such: novice/intermediate or intermediate/advance.
· Approximately 400 registrants are expected to attend the conference.
· Please complete the online submission and make sure you provide all the information requested in an attach word doc
This year we are asking that all information relating to the session be attached in a Word document. Proposals must include the following:
1. Title of Presentation
2. Contact Information for Each Presenter: Organization, Title, Address, City, State, Zip, Phone number, E-mail (Lead presenter first, then Co-Presenter 1, Co-presenter 2, etc.)
3. A Brief Description of Session for the Registration Brochure (approximately 40 words)
4. A More Detailed Session Description for CLE approval (approx. 300 words)5. Session Outline with Details
6. Intended audience: attorney, advocate, parent or mixed audience, novice/intermediate or intermediate/advanced.
7. Presenter's Biography (1-2 paragraphs for each presenterto be used in program materials, if selected).
8. Copy of lead presenter's current resume.
· Receipt of all proposals will be acknowledged via email.
Selection of Proposals and Development of Program
· Selections of proposals will be made by COPAA's Conference Program Committee based on quality of written submission, topic, and only those that are complete and submitted by the August 30thdeadline will be considered. Failure to provide all of the required information will result in an automatic disqualification. The Program Committee receives at least double the amount of proposals than can be accepted, so format and attention to detail count!
· Preliminary questions concerning proposals should be emailed toConference@COPAA.org
· No single person has authority to assure acceptance of a proposal prior to the committee's review of the submission. Moreover, the Committee reserves the right to select among possible topics it has identified for inclusion in the final program. As a condition of acceptance, and depending upon the type of presentation, submitters may be asked to develop a longer or more detailed outline on or before a specified date.
Submission of Materials
· All speakers agree to provide ALL hand out and other materials for their presentations to be included in the 2014 COPAA Conference Program and Compendium in the format requested, and by the deadline date (to be announced in acceptance letters). Failure to provide materials within the deadline could result in cancellation of the presentation and, in any event, will be considered in reviewing proposals for future COPAA conferences.
· In an effort to keep the conference registration as accessible to as many people as possible, and because COPAA's resources are limited, no honoraria will be offered to presenters of break-out sessions. All presenters are requested to stay at the conference hotel and arrive the evening preceding their presentation. Presenters are invited to attend all conference proceedings and the conference registration fee for the main conference will be waived for two presenters per session. The registration waiver is good for the main conference, and not for the Pre-conference Skills Training. ONLY TWO COMPLEMENTARY REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ALLOWED PER SESSION, EVEN IF THEIR ARE MORE THAN TWO PRESENTERS. No other expenses will be paid, although several meals are provided to all conference participants. At the discretion of the Conference Committee, presenters who are asked to present at General Sessions or full-day pre-conference workshops may also receive complimentary hotel accommodations.