COPAA's 17th Annual Conference
March 5-8, 2015
San Diego, California
COPAA is an unparalleled peer-to-peer network. The 17th Annual COPAA Conference is the only opportunity of its kind for sharing expertise, networking and face-to-face training. Over 500 leading special education advocates and attorneys from across the country are expected to attend. Sessions focus on excellence in advocacy and strategy to successfully protect and enforce the civil and legal rights of students with disabilities and their families.
COPAA's Conference Committee Call for Proposals is seeking proposals to present 75 minute breakout sessions on March 7th and 8th, 2015. The Committee has interest in sessions that demonstrate the success of the full spectrum of tools and processes available under the law. All relevant topics are considered.
This year there is particular interest in sessions that:
· Provide useful information to practitioners on current issues facing students with disabilities and their families.
· 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 strategies for increasing compliance with the law or faithful implementation of IEPs and related services, supports, and accommodations to assure meaningful progress.
· Topics for advanced attorneys and advocates/related professionals.
· Or sessions that demonstrate a combination of these factors.
2015 COPAA Conference Request for Proposals Now Open
Note: Attorneys who represent education agencies or have done so in the last 5 years, current employees of education agencies who receive greater than 50% of income from a school district, and related professional who provides or has provided representation, advice or consultation, in the course of their work as a consultant, expert, expert witness, or evaluator, are not eligible to attend the conference or submit proposals. This includes current teachers, administrators or other school employees who receive greater than 50% of income from school district (s).
· Approximately 500 registrants are expected to attend the conference.
· Proposals are sought for break-out sessions to be held on Saturday, March 7 and Sunday, March 8th, 2015.
· 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.
· Please complete the online submission and make sure you provide all the information requested. All information relating to the session should be attached in one Word document. You must include your bio and resume in the same document as the proposal information. Uploading a new document removes the prior document. Incomplete submissions will not be considered. It is highly recommended to use Google Chrome internet browser when submitting the online form
· Audience: COPAA Conference Attendees include attorneys, advocates, parents, law students, 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. Please note any prerequisite skills or prior knowledge of subject matter that is required.
Deadline for Proposals Extended:
Proposals must be received on or before midnight Eastern Time on
July 31st August 15, 2014. Click on Register to submit online form and attach one Word document that contains all required information.
Content of 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). It should accurately reflect the content of the white paper and ppt. that will be presented
4. Detailed Session Description for CLE approval (approx. 300 words)
5. Session Outline with Details
6. Intended audience: attorney, advocate, related professional, parent or mixed audience and level of expertise Novice, Intermediate, or Advanced. Please accurately indicate the audience and level. Note: we received feedback from previous year’s evaluation that some session content and level advertise did not accurately match the presentation.
7. Presenter's Biography (1-2 paragraphs for each presenter to be used in program materials, if selected).
8. Copy of lead presenter's current resume (include in the Word document with proposal information). Only one single document can be uploaded.
Selection of Proposals and Development of Program
Selections of proposals will be made by COPAA's Conference Program Sub-Committee based on quality of written submission, topic, and only those that are completed in entirety and submitted by the
July 31 st August 15th deadline 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 to Conference@COPAA.org
Please note: 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.
Receipt of proposals will be acknowledged via email.
Decision Letters will be e-mailed by September 30, 2014
Submission of Materials
All speakers agree to provide a 15 page white paper to be included in the 2015 COPAA Conference Program and Compendium in the format requested, and by the deadline date of November 10, 2014. In addition, a Power Point presentation will need to be submitted (date TBD) as copies will be provided electronically to attendees. Failure to provide materials within the deadline could result in cancellation of the presentation and/or 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 for the main conference, even if there are more than two presenters per session. 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 General Sessions or full-day pre-conference workshops may also receive complimentary hotel accommodations.