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

LRP’S NATIONAL INSTITUTE 2023 PROGRAM DETAILS
Coming in the Fall

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. We’re currently working on developing our next agenda and will post details once available!

General Sessions That Will Prepare & Inspire You

BRING YOUR BOAT: You’re Enough

As co-anchor of “Nightline,” Byron Pitts covers national news stories and in-depth features, and reports for “Good Morning America,” “World News Tonight with David Muir” and other shows. He is a multiple Emmy award-winning journalist known for his thoughtful storytelling. His memoir, Step Out on Nothing: How Faith and Family Helped Me Conquer Life’s Challenges, chronicled his journey overcoming illiteracy and a stutter to become a journalist. In 2017, Byron profiled six young adults who overcame hardship with hope in his book, Be the One.
Byron Pitts
Byron Pitts
Co-Anchor of ABC’s "Nightline" &
Author, Be the One

A Year in Review 2021 (and a Look Ahead)

In her singular witty style, veteran attorney Jan Tomsky will present the always popular, fast-paced review of the top recent special education cases you need to know. Get her expert insights on significant legal decisions from 2021 as well as her predictions for litigation trends you need to prepare for in the coming year!
Jan Tomsky
Jan Tomsky
Partner, Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost LLP, Oakland, Calif.

Here’s My Number, So Call Me Maybe:
The Top Calls Your Special Education Lawyer Will Get This Year

Whether it's special education issues, TikTok dances, or new shoes, you can always count on attorney Karen Haase to keep up with the latest trends. In this general session, Karen will cover the hottest special education issues of 2022 that have been keeping her phone ringing. With more than 20 years of experience advising clients, Karen will provide a solution-oriented perspective that draws from experiences, guidance and decisions of the past to address the problems you’re facing today and those you'll confront tomorrow.
Karen Haase
Karen Haase
Attorney, KSB School Law PC LLO, Lincoln, Neb.
7 Focused Learning Tracks

Administration

Behavior

Ethics

IDEA

Section 504

Digital Learning Solutions

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.
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Digital Learning Solutions

Technology is rapidly changing how all students learn and engage with the world. Special education directors, assistive technology specialists and district technology leaders must work in tandem to identify effective instructional technologies and best practices to support students' academic and social-emotional growth. Sessions in this track will focus on emerging legal issues related to technology in special education and introduce you to the latest tools that can facilitate the provision of FAPE.
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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.

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