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The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) will host the 2010 OSEP Leadership Mega Conference on August 2-5, 2010, at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City. The theme for this year's conference is Collaboration to Achieve Success from Cradle to Career.
This new conference is a union of the three previously OSEP-sponsored conferences – the National Parent Center Conference, the National Early Childhood Conference, and the OSEP Leadership Conference.
Click on the following links to view each strand's final agenda:
The conference has several pre-sessions and is composed of four strands:
The Parent Training and Information Centers (PTIs), the Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs), parents, and educators who work with families will participate in sessions that address topics such as: collaborating with State agencies, technology and accessibility, transition, disproportionality, mental health, reaching underserved parents, and center management issues.
Strand 2 – Early Childhood (Monday, August 2nd)
The Early Childhood strand will provide critical information for the administration and implementation of State Part C and 619 Programs for infants, toddlers and children with disabilities and their families. The topics to be discussed include: an update on the Part C regulations, the status of child and family outcomes, the best practices for young children with autism, and a list of strategies for meaningful family engagement and collaborative planning for State early learning systems. The Monday morning agenda will be shared with Strand 1 (Parents) participants.
Collaborative Leadership is an important component of our work. All three conference strands will meet together for sessions that will include: a keynote address by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and a cross-departmental panel presentation by several Assistant Secretaries and other distinguished leaders from the Department. There will also be sessions on other important topics such as: the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, Part B to C transition, the National Education Technology Plan, Longitudinal Data Systems, and Universal Design for Learning.
Strand 4 – State Directors of Special Education (Thursday, August 5th and the afternoon of Tuesday, August 3)
State Directors of Special Education will participate in informative sessions that address topics such as: college-and career-ready standards; collaboration between the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) and the business community to expand employment opportunities for students with disabilities; English learners with disabilities; and the Higher Education Opportunity Act.
Additional information about the conference will be posted as it becomes available—please check back for updates!
Questions? Contact Stephanie Scholl at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-884-8136.