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October 19 - 20, 2017

Mississippi's 9th Annual Special Education Conference 

For Parents and Professionals


A special conference rate of $91/night is being offered by Jackson Marriott. Reservations must be made by October 13, 2017 to receive the special rate.

Jackson Marriott

200 East Amite Street

Jackson, MS 39201




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Thursday, October 19, 2017 at  9:00 AM CST
Friday, Ocotober 20, 2017 at 4:00 PM CST 

Registration begins at 8:00 AM CST both days

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Jackson Convention Center
105 E. Pascagoula Street
Jackson, MS 39201

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Mickey Alford
Coalition/MSPTI, 2 Old River Place, Suite M, Jackson, MS 39202



2 Old River Place, Suite M

Jackson, MS 39202











The 2017 Building Partnerships...Working Together Conference will be educational, enlightening and informative for parents, special education professionals and advocates! The conference is also a great networking and relationship building opportunity for those interested in improving outcomes for students with disabilities in Mississippi. 

Keynote Speaker Day 1: Ronnie Sidney

Ronnie Sidney, II, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), is a father, therapist, author, app developer, professional speaker and entrepreneur. He received a Master of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2014. Ronnie was raised in Tappahannock, Virginia, and attended Essex County Public Schools (ECPS). While attending ECPS, he spent several years in Special Education after being diagnosed with a learning disability. The stigmatization of special education created a lack of interest in school. Nevertheless, he graduated from Essex High School in 2001, but with a 1.8 GPA. With limited options regarding four-year colleges, he decided to enroll in J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College in Richmond, Virginia. The following year, he transferred to Old Dominion University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services in 2006.

Click here to read more about Ronnie

Keynote Day 2: Dr. Rosemarie Allen

Rosemarie Allen has served as an educational leader for over 30 years. She earned her B.A. from California State University, Long Beach, Master’s of Education from Lesley University and Doctorate in Equity and Leadership in Education at the University of Colorado, Denver. Dr. Allen is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She is a national expert on implicit bias and culturally responsive practices, speaking at conferences across the country. Additionally, she created a course that is being distributed nationally in efforts to reduce and ultimately eliminate preschool suspensions. The course focuses on racial equity in disciplinary practices.

Click here to read more about Rosemarie

Topics covered during the conference will include:

  •  Parent/Family Engagement
  •  Dyslexia
  •  Transition from School to Post School
  •  Behavior (incuding Functional Behavior Assessments, Behavior Intervention Plans and de-escalation of agressive behavior)
  •  Advocacy/Self-Advocacy
  •  Endrew F. (recent Supreme Court case)
  •  Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
  •  Section 504
  •  Mental Illness
  •  Emergency Preparedness
  •  Incorporating Technology in Learning
Registration Fee: $35.00

Dr. Patrick Schwarz is a dynamic and engaging professor, author, motivational speaker and leader in Education (Inclusive Education, Special Education, General Education, Educational Leadership) and Human Services. He is a professor at National-Louis University, Chicago. Patrick’s company is Creative Culture Consulting LLC. He is the author of From Disability to Possibility, You’re Welcome (with Paula Kluth), Just Give Him the Whale (with Paula Kluth) and Pedro’s Whale (with Paula Kluth). His new book is From Possibility to Success.
CEUs and SEMIs will be offered through Mississippi College

Parent Scholarships/Stipends are available to cover your registration fee - simply check that you are requesting a parent stipend when registering.
Be sure to ask your school district for sponsorship to assist with travel expenses. Parent training is a related service.  

If you are a business or school district and would like to pay with a purchase order, please be sure to enter the purchase order number when completing registration.

No refunds will be given. Substitutes will be allowed. Please contact Mickey Alford (contact info below) to advise of substitutions.

Should you experience any difficulty completing your registration, contact: 
Mickey Alford
2 Old River Place, Suite M
Jackson, MS 39202