Past Events

  • Virtual in Partnership with
    Albuquerque Public Schools

    April 28, 2021 (All day) to April 30, 2021 (All day)

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  • Virtual Event

    November 18, 2020 (All day) to November 20, 2020 (All day)

    Fall 2020 Virtual Member Meeting

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  • Westin Chicago River North
    Chicago, IL

    November 6, 2019 (All day) to November 8, 2019 (All day)

    Registration is now open for our Fall 2019 Member Meeting! (see below to Register)

    Hosted by: Chicago Public Schools

    Theme: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: The Intersection of Disability and Race

    Note: This is a member-only meeting. If you would like your district to join the Urban Collaborative, please reach our to us at


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  • Westin Convention Center
    Pittsburgh, PA

    May 1, 2019 (All day) to May 3, 2019 (All day)

    Hosted by Pittsburgh Public Schools

    Theme: The Power of Social and Emotional Learning

    "A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination."  --Nelson Mandela

    Meeting Invitation and Call for Presentations (Due March 18, 2019) 

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  • Westin Beach Resort
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL

    November 14, 2018 (All day) to November 16, 2018 (All day)

    Inclusive Practices: Belonging, Embracing, Sharing, and Celebrating!

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  • Hyatt Regency Riverwalk
    San Antonio, Texas

    May 2, 2018 (All day) to May 4, 2018 (All day)

    Shared Decision Making and Its Impact on Inclusive Practices


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  • Fairmont Olympic Hotel
    Seattle, WA

    November 1, 2017 (All day) to November 3, 2017 (All day)

    Ensuring High Quality Supports and Services

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  • Teleconference

    October 4, 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

    Teleconference Series: Boys and Young Men of Color: Liberated, Empowered and Educated

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  • The Brown Palace Hotel
    Denver, Colorado 80202

    May 10, 2017 (All day) to May 12, 2017 (All day)

    Improving Outcomes for Students with Disabilities: Tapping the Genius of the Collaborative

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  • Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street
    Boston, MA 02115

    April 19, 2017 (All day) to April 22, 2017 (All day)

    The CEC 2017 Annual Convention & Expo is the biggest, baddest, special education professional development event of the year. We've got over 500 sessions, convention workshops, social events, prize drawings, hundreds of exhibitors, and 3 general sessions, all designed to provide you the information you need to support your students.

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  • Harvard Graduate School of Education
    Cambridge, MA

    March 21, 2017 (All day) to March 24, 2017 (All day)

    Professional Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) is pleased to announce a special opportunity for member districts of The Collaborative to join us March 21-24 for Race, Equity, and Leadership in Schools, a new program offered in conjunction with the 35th anniversary of The Principals' Center.

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  • Education Development Center, Inc.
    Waltham, MA

    March 9, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

    If your school is faced with a disproportionate rate of suspensions, gifted program enrollment, or special education referrals for students of color, Dr. Edward Fergus's new book Solving Disproportionality and Achieving Equity shows how you can uncover the root causes and rally your staff to face the challenge head on! Join us for a book talk with Dr. Fergus the day after MLK day and during the beginning of a year of unprecedented educational changes.

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  • Harvard Graduate School of Education
    Cambridge, MA

    March 3, 2017 (All day) to March 4, 2017 (All day)

    This year's conference, "Define. Defy. Dismantle.: Forging Our Legacy Through Activism," will provide participants the opportunity to learn and leverage current social justice efforts for their own practice. By highlighting the roots of structural inequities, various methods of resistance, and tools to deconstruct oppressive systems, AOCC 2017 will move attendees to strengthen their actions for social justice.

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  • Bruce Bolling Building
    Boston, MA

    December 9, 2016 - 9:30am to 4:30pm

    This workshop will provide participants with a powerful framework for re-shaping the culture, practices, and policies of their organization to ensure that it is sensitive to the experiences and needs of the traumatized individuals, families, and communities that they serve.

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  • Hilton Nashville Downtown
    Nashville, TN

    December 7, 2016 (All day) to December 9, 2016 (All day)

    The goal of our Fall 2016 meeting is to build our capacity to lead a district in creating equitable and effective inclusive special education supports and services. We will also have dilemmas provided to us by our host districts, sessions presented by members, a nationally recognized keynote, and new this meeting, the option of visiting schools in Nashville and joining a book club!

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  • Venue To Be Announced
    Perth, Australia

    June 25, 2017 (All day) to June 29, 2017 (All day)

    The International Association of Special Education (IASE) in collaboration with Curtin University, Edith Cowan University and the Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia invites academics, practitioners, community leaders, NGOs, scholars, and researchers from around the world to meet and exchange ideas for addressing the exceptional needs of the whole child and young adult.

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