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New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center | April 16 - 19, 2023

LRP’S NATIONAL INSTITUTE 2023 PROGRAM DETAILS

At LRP’s National Institute on Legal Issues of Educating Individuals with Disabilities® in New Orleans, you’ll experience a comprehensive, engaging and high-quality program focused on the most effective ways to serve students with disabilities while maintaining compliance with special education and disability laws. With 40 relevant and timely sessions spanning 6 dedicated tracks, you will be able to easily customize your learning experience to meet your current training needs.

Make your plans now to be part of LRP’s National Institute in April. You will not want to miss it.
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General Sessions That Will Prepare & Inspire You
Roger Crawford has spent a lifetime motivating, inspiring, and elevating the performance of leaders. As someone who overcame physical adversity, he has the innate ability to help people far outperform the level of success they believe is possible by driving them to excel both as individuals and as part of a team. Roger will share a game plan to build a winning mindset, turn change into opportunity, and boost resilience.

Don't miss Roger Crawford's Meet & Greet/Book Signing after his General Session!
"Yeah, we're happy, free, confused and lonely at the same time." Like an episode of the Simpsons, Taylor Swift had 2022 pegged long before it came to be. For those who track the newest special education cases like the latest pop hits moving up the chart, 2022 was a tough year to keep up with. The stress of the last few years has strained relationships between schools and families, contributing to the continued increase in special education litigation and cases making their way to the U.S. Supreme Court. In this fast-paced session, Attorney Karen Haase will provide attendees with an update about the most relevant decisions from 2022 that should be changing how you move forward in 2023.
Special educators and parents are both in it for the students; they only want what’s best for the child. It's a partnership. But in some cases, it may not be clear how the school's role in providing FAPE is different from the parent’s role in raising the child. From requests for private transportation, to private music lessons, or to demonstrations on shaving, parents and educators must work together to determine where to draw the line. Attorney Geneva Jones will share what recent case law, the U.S. Constitution, and the IDEA say on how far a school must go to meet a student's educational needs. Geneva will then impart the language needed for school teams to work collaboratively with families to identify the boundary between educating and parenting.
6 Focused Learning Tracks

Administration

Behavior

Ethics

IDEA

Section 504

Special Ed Connection®
Users Group

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Administration

Geared toward special education leaders who develop systems, programs, processes and policies that strengthen the working environment, support student achievement, optimize resources and enhance organizational outcomes. Sessions are on point for state and local special education directors, superintendents and assistant superintendents, Section 504 coordinators, principals and assistant principals, directors of private schools, and regional coordinators.

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Behavior

Effectively addressing student behavior may be the most pressing issue in schools today. Special education directors, directors of school mental health and behavioral services, school psychologists, behavior specialists, clinical services coordinators, and trauma trainers will get the latest strategies to approach discipline dilemmas and student mental health under federal laws.
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Ethics

To earn continuing legal education credits, or CLEs, attorneys can attend one or both sessions based on application of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct in the special education context.
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IDEA

With sessions for every role in special education, this track includes comprehensive coverage of schools' obligations to provide all children with disabilities with a free appropriate public education. School attorneys share insights on the most significant cases and common procedural missteps, and experts outline best practices and resources.
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Section 504

Building a better understanding of how to avoid discrimination claims and provide all students an equal opportunity is the goal of each session in this track. Section 504 coordinators, administrators, social workers, counselors and service providers will receive unparalleled professional development while learning how to make defensible disability and 504 plan determinations.

New Section 504 regulations are coming – make sure you’re prepared!
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Special Ed Connection® Users Group

Supercharge your Special Ed Connection subscription with insider tips straight from the legal editors, experts and trainers who are behind this innovative online resource. Whether it's identifying best practices, keeping up with the latest court decisions, or modeling a sample form or policy, you'll see how this professional development tool can advance staff knowledge and skills.

Don’t have Special Ed Connection? Get your free trial here!
Daily Schedule At A Glance
Sunday, April 16
Registration Open 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Symposium Attendee Breakfast 7:30 - 9 a.m.
Morning Pre-Symposiums 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Afternoon Pre-Symposiums 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Monday, April 17
Registration Open 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
LRP Bookstore Open 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Networking Breakfast 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
General Session 8:30 - 10 a.m.
Refreshment Break 10 - 10:45 a.m.
Breakout Sessions 10:45 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Networking Lunch 12 - 1:30 p.m.
Breakout Sessions 1:30 - 2:45 p.m.
Refreshment Break 2:45 - 3:15 p.m.
General Session 3:15 - 4:15 p.m.
Welcome Reception 4:15 - 5:30 p.m.
Meet & Greet/Book Signing with Roger Crawford 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 18
Registration Open 7:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
LRP Bookstore Open 7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Networking Breakfast 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
General Session 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Refreshment Break 9:30 - 10:15 a.m.
Breakout Sessions 10:15 - 11:30 a.m.
Networking Lunch 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Breakout Sessions 1:15 - 2:30 p.m.
Refreshment Break 2:30 - 3 p.m.
Breakout Sessions 3 - 4:15 p.m.
Wednesday, April 19
Registration Open 7 a.m. - 1 p.m.
LRP Bookstore Open 7 - 9:45 a.m.
Networking Breakfast 7 - 8 a.m.
Breakout Sessions 8 - 9:15 a.m.
Breakout Sessions 9:45 - 11 a.m.
Breakout Sessions 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Lunch On Your Own 12:30 - 1:45 p.m.
Post-Symposiums 1:45 - 5 p.m.