Friday, June 26, 2009

Idols Live ...(er IDEA Remedies) Tour

I'm very proud that I will be doing the IDEA Remedies Tour next month. Some of my colleagues have suggested that I now think that I'm a rock star. To that I can only say I that I prefer green M & Ms in my dressing room, and the T-shirts will soon be on sale. OK so I'm having some fun here.

I call it the IDEA Remedies Tour because I will be giving presentations in July on the two major remedies that a hearing officer or court 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. I'm also doing a CLE presentation on Special Ed Law and a session on the role of the federal government at the Portland, Maine conference.

Both conferences are fantastic and exceptional opportunities to network with others in the field, and I have placed links to the registration sites on the left-hand side of the blog. The Portland, Maine Annual Ed Law Conference provides presentations on every aspect on school law. Please come and enjoy the festivities in beautiful Maine. There is also a series of sessions and meetings for Wingspread, a group dedicated to encouraging more diversity in legal education and other higher education. You can support their good work by attending this great conference. For more about Wingspread, go to the link for the conference below and click on the Wingspread information button.

The Seattle University Academy is one of the few trainings dedicated exclusively to IDEA hearing officers and dispute resolution coordinators. All hearing officers should really attend an Academy.

You can learn more about the Seattle Academy through this link. You may register for the conference here and through the link on the left-hand side of this blog.

You can learn more about the Portland, Maine Education Law Conference through this link. You can register for the conference here and through the link on the left-hand side of this blog. (The Reimbursement Session will include analysis of the brand new supreme Court decision.)

If you decide to attend either conference, please let me know so that we can have a chance to visit.


  1. Does Forest Grove give any leverage to parents dealing with school districts who insist that there's no best way to teach reading despite all the peer reviewed research to the contrary?

    Would reimbursement for the tuition of a school where the teachers have been expressly trained to overcome dyslexia be the appropriate remedy if the school district has no teachers with comparable training and the district insists on using a whole language approach?

  2. Anon,

    Thanks for your comment.