August 6 – 9, 2018
The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center
State College, Pennsylvania

Perry A. Zirkel

Perry A. Zirkel

Perry A. Zirkel is university professor emeritus of education and law at Lehigh University where he formerly was dean of the College of Education, and subsequently held the Iacocca Chair in Education for its five-year term. He continues to co-direct the Lehigh Special Education Law Symposium. 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 1,500 publications on various aspects of school law, with an emphasis on legal issues in special education. He writes a regular column for NAESP’s Principal magazine and NASP’s Communiqué newsletter, and he did so previously for Phi Delta Kappan and Teaching Exceptional Children. Dr. Zirkel is a 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 CEC monograph The Legal Meaning of Specific Learning Disability; the more recently published 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 Education Law Association’s Steven S. Goldberg Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Education Law, and in 2017, he received the Council for Exceptional Children’s Special Education Research Award.

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