Special Education Leadership Conference

Ohio's 7th Annual Special Education Leadership Conference Achieving Balance: Leading Improvement for Children with Disabilities While Managing Compliance

The Office for Exceptional Children (OEC) announces the availability of registration for the 7th Special Education Leadership Conference scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, October 1-2, 2013 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. This year's conference theme is Achieving Balance: Leading Improvement for Children with Disabilities While Managing Compliance and the registration fee is $100. New this year is an optional Pre Conference focused on Managing Compliance on Monday, September 30, 2013 from 1:00 – 5:00 PM for a $25 registration fee. Also new this year - Wi-Fi will be available at the Convention Center!

Register now!

Nationally-recognized keynote speakers and master session presenters include:

  • Dr. Margaret McLaughlin, Immediate Past President of the Council for Exceptional Children and Associate Dean – College of Education, University of Maryland College Park – sponsored by ODE Office of Educational Reform
  • Dr. Mary Little, Professor - University of Central Florida – Mathematics - sponsored by Math-U-See
  • Dr. Jeanne Wanzek, Assistant Professor – Florida State University and recipient of CEC's 2013 Early Career Research Award –Reading - sponsored by OH CEC
  • Dr. Nancy Marchand-Martella, Professor of Special Education at Eastern Washington University - Academic Remediation with focus on Reading, Writing, Spelling, and Math Interventions – sponsored by McGraw-Hill Education
  • Dr. Elise Frattura, Associate Professor and Department Chairperson, Department of Exceptional Education, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee - Integrated Comprehensive Services
  • Dr. Tim Lewis – Professor of Special Education, University of Missouri at Columbia - PBIS
  • Dr. David Meichenbaum - Clinical Psychologist, Director of Consulting Services, Summit Educational Resources, Buffalo, New York - Behavior

"If the conference will be as practical next year - you will see me again. My principal and the other ISs in my building all want to join me!"
2012 Conference Attendee

ODE/OEC staff will provide state updates and share information on a variety of program and procedural topics including – the revised Special Education State Standards, Dispute Resolution, PARRC Accommodations Manual, PBIS, newstatewide initiativesand continuing projects. During these sessions participants can ask question about procedural issues and regulatory changes that effect local programs. Presentations by local educators, technical assistance providers and university faculty from across the state will highlight research and effective practices that have been proven to work.


was a very organized and well-run conference with sessions and information directly applicable to our work."
2012 Conference Attendee

Pre Conference - Monday, September 30, 2013 – 1:00 – 5:00 PM - Registration $25.
A Pre Conference developed for special education administrators focusing on legal topics will be held preceding the Conference on Monday, September 30, 2013 from 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM. Featured presenters are:

  • Melinda Jacobs, Esq., an attorney in private practice who has worked in the field of special education law since 1985 and who is the Associate Publisher for Education and Disability Publications for LRP Publications, and
  • Susan Hastings, Partner, Squire, Sanders L.L.P., who is experienced in the area of education law, representing boards of education throughout Ohio in the areas of collective bargaining, contracts, special education, student discipline, Public Records Act, Open Meetings laws, ethics and constitutional law.

Volunteer Opportunities

Last Modified: 6/14/2013 2:47:09 PM