Monday, June 8, 2009

Guitar Hero... (er, IDEA Remedies) Tour & Webinar Reflefction

OK so I'm taking some liberties with the name of the tour, but I'm very excited that I will be giving presentations next month on the two major remedies that a hearing officer may award if the parents/student prevail in an IDEA due process hearing. On July 8th, I'll be presenting on Compensatory Education at the Seattle University School of Law's Eighth Academy for IDEA Administrative Law Judges and Hearing Officers in Seattle, Washington. On July 22nd, I'll be speaking on the Remedy of Reimbursement for Unilateral Placements at the 16th Annual Education Law Conference in Portland, Maine, sponsored by the University of Southern Maine and the University of Maine School of Law. In addition to the links below, I have added registration links on the left-hand side of the blog.

You can learn more about the Seattle Academy through this link. You may register for the conference here. It is designed primarily for due process hearing officers or those who administer IDEA dispute resolution systems.

You can learn more about the Portland, Maine Education Law Conference through this link. You can register for the conference here. This is a more general education law conference.

Both conferences are excellent. As many of you know, I love the networking opportunities that these types of conferences provide. I have made many friends at similar conferences, and they help me with my work all the time. Thanks guys. If you are planning on attending either conference, please let me know. I always enjoy meeting and talking with the many thoughtful and committed readers of this blog.

I continue to reflect upon my first webinar experience last week. Giving a presentation with streaming video of me in one corner of the screen while I talk through a conference call and while participants can either talk or use the chat room to communicate was exhausting but a lot of fun. Watching my self on my computer screen was a bit odd. I had no idea that I touch my nose so often while I am speaking, I have to stop doing that. But the experience was great and I want to thank all the hearing officers who participated in the training as well as the state dispute resolution coordinators and the regional resource center lawyer who made it possible. Also the tech people really were patient with me and I appreciate that. I think that more webinars are on the horizon.

By the way, here are only two more days to vote in our poll on the left-hand side of the blog. The question in the current, not at all scientific, poll is how would you vote on the case now before the Supreme Court? For the Parents is leading For the School District by a margin of 26 to 21 with 3 recusals. If you haven't already done so, please vote.

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