The National Charter School Resource Center hosted a full-day conference in Minneapolis on June 19, 2012, titled, Building the Capacity of Charter Schools: Effectively Serving Students With Disabilities. The conference provided charter school educators with information, tools, and resources to help them deepen their understanding of how to provide high-quality special education services for students with disabilities.
Link to pre-recorded webinars and related resources for each of the sessions listed below.
Supporting Charter Schools That Serve the Needs of All Children 
Presenter: Melody Musgrove, Office of Special Education Programs,U.S. Department of Education (prerecorded address)
Innovations in the Charter School Community: Reinventing the Delivery of Special Education 
Moderator: Parker Baxter, Louisiana Department of Education
Panelists: Nancy Opalack, Educational Support Systems; Elizabeth Marcell, ReNEW Schools Charter Management Organization; and Dixon Deutsch, New York City Special Education Collaborative
The panelists explored innovative methods that charter schools are using to deliver high-quality special education services for students with disabilities.
Setting Up Special Education Programs: Tools and Resources for Charter School Operators 
Presenter: Elizabeth Giovannetti, Educational Support Systems, Inc.
Are you starting a new independent charter school that is its own local education agency? Join us to learn more about a newly developed series of user-friendly guides that highlight what charter school leaders need to know about a variety of special education topics and recommend the most helpful resources and tools.
Integrating Special Education Into Key Authorizer Practices: Rubrics to Examine Charter Applications, Operations, and Renewals 
Presenters: Lauren Morando Rhim, LMR Consulting and Paul O’Neill, Tugboat Education Services
Learn more about a newly developed rubric that authorizers can use to guide their decisions about special education services in charter schools, and then apply the rubric to complex real-world scenarios.
Developing Policies That Support a Positive Schoolwide Culture and Creating Fair Discipline Processes 
Presenter: Nancy Opalack, Educational Support Systems, Inc.
What do charter school leaders need to know about laws and regulations related to disciplining students with disabilities? Learn more about the law, the importance of implementing positive behavior support programs, and new and creative ways to ensure that discipline practices are implemented in a fair and equal way for all students.
Expanding Opportunities for All Students Through District-Charter Collaboration 
Presenter: Parker Baxter, Louisiana Department of Education and the Center on Reinventing Public Education
Explore the innovative special education delivery strategies that are being developed through district-charter collaborations across the nation.
Nuts and Bolts of Special Education: What Do Charter School Educators Need to Know? 
Presenter: Eileen Ahearn, National Association of State Directors of Special Education
What do charter school leaders and staff need to know about special education? Join us to learn more about what the law says regarding the roles and responsibilities of charter school educators who serve students with disabilities.
Coordination to Improve Special Education Services in Charter Schools: How State Associations Can Help 
Presenters: Gina Plate and Allison Magill, California Charter Schools Association
Explore the innovative strategies that statewide charter school associations are implementing to help charter schools in their states improve the quality of services for students with disabilities.
Strategies for Resolving Conflicts Regarding Structural Issues and the Delivery of Special Education Services 
Presenters: Cheryl Lange, Lange Research and Evaluation, and Cori Wahl, EdVisions Cooperative
Parents and school leaders often have differences during negotiations about the delivery of special education services for students with disabilities. Learn more about strategies to help charter school leaders focus the dialogue on the needs of the child and the most appropriate way to meet the child’s individual needs.
Equitable Enrollment for Students With Disabilities: Understanding Recent Legal Challenges 
Presenters: Julie Mead, University of Wisconsin–Madison, and Renita Thukral, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
Join our distinguished presenters for a review of the legal principles related to equal access to educational services for students with disabilities, an update on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s class action suits, and how charter schools can ensure that they are providing all students with equal access.