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July 31 – August 3, 2017
The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel
State College, Pennsylvania

Perry A. Zirkel

Perry A. Zirkel

Perry A. Zirkel, LL.M., Ph.D., J.D., is University Professor Emeritus of Education and Law at Lehigh University, where he formerly was dean of the College of Education and more recently held the Iacocca Chair in Education for its five-year term. He has a Ph.D. in educational administration, a J.D. from the University of Connecticut, and a master of laws degree from Yale University. He has written more than 1,475 publications on various aspects of school law, with an emphasis on legal issues in special education. He writes regular columns for Principal magazine and NASP's Communiqué, and did so previously for the Phi Delta Kappan and Teaching Exceptional Children. Past president of the Education Law Association and co-chair of the Pennsylvania special education appeals panel from 1990 to 2007, he is the author of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) monograph The Legal Meaning of Specific Learning Disability; and the more recent books, A Digest of Supreme Court Decisions Affecting Education, and Student Teaching and The Law, and the two-volume reference Section 504, the ADA and the Schools, now in its fourth edition. In 2012, he received the Research into Practice Award from the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the Excellence in Research Award from AERA's Division A (Administration, Organization, and Leadership). In 2013 he received the University Council for Educational Administration's Edwin Bridges Award for significant contributions to the preparation and development of school leaders. In 2016 he received the ELA's Steven S. Goldberg Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Education Law. In April 2017 he received CEC's Special Education Research Award.

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