35th Annual LRP's National Institute
[ 2014 Program Materials & Attendee List ]

LRP's Institute has a well-deserved reputation for high quality. This popular conference brings together top experts in special education to help you understand and implement the IDEA, prepare for legal challenges and carry out your responsibilities surrounding IEPs, discipline, common core standards and more. You get the most comprehensive overview of significant special education court cases, critical updates on complying with the law and regulations, along with an opportunity to exchange ideas and network with your colleagues.

2014's Highlights include:

You Be the Judge:
Are These School Actions Defensible or Disastrous?
Get ready to test your special education legal IQ as the Institute brings LRP’s most popular staff training feature to life! Based on real legal cases and administrative decisions, you’ll hear about school actions that sparked disputes and parent-led litigation. You’ll then get to vote on how you would rule, and receive immediate feedback and analysis from our panel of expert attorneys. Most importantly, you’ll learn professional development and conflict-resolution tips from our panel plus strategies to improve parent communication and avoid future conflicts.
Leadership Needs for Results-Driven Accountability
The Office of Special Education Programs is moving to an accountability system that shifts the focus of monitoring and technical assistance from a singular emphasis on compliance to one that also includes student outcomes. Dr. Melody Musgrove will describe the new requirement for State Systemic Improvement Plans and share insights to help guide state and local special education leaders.
Luncheon and 35th Anniversary Gala
For 35 years, the Institute has delivered top-notch legal guidance, but it’s also developed quite a reputation for unearthing special education’s talented musical artists. Back by popular demand, impressive vocal performers will again take center stage, with Chairwoman and singer extraordinaire Melinda Jacobs serving as your emcee. This select group of presenters and attendees will belt out your favorite hits, old and new, and provide much-needed special ed stress relief.
The Year in Review
Melinda Jacobs returns with her popular, fast-paced and provocative overview of the most interesting and enlightening legal cases of the past year. You’ll get expert analysis and commentary plus predictions for litigation trends in the coming year.
Nuts & Bolts Sessions
The perfect way to train staff on the IDEA's foundations. The nation's leading special education law experts provide the building blocks for smart decision-making and professional development throughout the year – and beyond.
Pre-Institute Symposiums
A popular add-on to the conference! Choose from extended sessions diving deep into 4 of today's hottest issues!
Post-Institute Symposiums
Extend your conference experience! Choose from sessions on communicating in special education and behavioral challenges of students with high-functioning autism.

LRP's National Institute

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