This basic-to-intermediate level seminar is designed specifically for professionals who work with children with special needs in the school setting. Those who should attend include: Attorneys, School Administrators, Principals, Superintendents, Board Members, Teachers, Counselors
Know Special Education Requirements and Procedures to a T
Are you looking for a seminar that spells out schools' obligations and options under special education laws? Do you need a practical guide to FAPE, LRE and due process? This comprehensive course lays out the legal requirements and procedures, and examines the landmines to avoid. Learn from other schools' missteps in applicable case studies, and get compliance tips from experienced attorney faculty on evaluating students, developing IEPs, making placement decisions, handling due process proceedings and managing behavioral issues. It's sure to be a jam-packed day of information you can't afford to miss. Register today!
Review public and private school responsibilities under the IDEA, Section 504, ADA and other laws that protect the rights of students with disabilities.
Stay up to date on court decisions and hearing results that affect special education requirements.
Recognize the current requirements of Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) and Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) in placement decisions.
Avoid the most common mistakes in IEP development.
Understand school liability for bullying problems, personnel reactions to student placement and discipline methods.
Explore the Response to Intervention model versus the traditional Discrepancy model in determining a student's eligibility for special education services.
Ensure school tests, reports and measurements meet the IDEA's evaluation requirements.
Walk through due process procedures - with tips on what to do prior to, at and after the hearing.
Prevent school personnel actions that could land a school in hot water.
Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) 9:00-10:00, Julie C. Fay
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
Evaluations and Eligibility 10:00-10:45, Louise M. Croll and Melanie E. Dunn
Notice/Consent and Timeline
Test and Measurement Requirements
Evaluation Options and Procedures
Common Mistakes to Avoid
Adverse Educational Impact
Need for Special Education Services
Response to Intervention (RTI) and Discrepancy Model
Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) 11:00-11:45, Louise M. Croll and Melanie E. Dunn
Team Meetings: Who, What, When, Why, and How to Make Them Successful
The IEP Development Process/Components
What Should be Included in the IEP
Extended School Year (ESY)
Placement Decisions and Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) 11:45-12:30, Rebecca Bouchard
LRE, Mainstreaming and Inclusion
Continuum of Alternative Placements
Placement Decision Requirements
Factors That Can and Cannot be Considered
Private Schools: Requirements, Placement Issues and School District Involvement
Change in Placement
Review of Placement Decisions and "Stay-Put"
Due Process Procedures 1:30-2:15, Rebecca Bouchard
Due Process Overview and Statute of Limitations
Due Process Complaints and Responses
Content Requirements and Timeframes
Before the Complaint Arrives
After the Complaint Arrives
Preparing for the Hearing
At the Hearing
After Receiving the Decision
Disciplinary Procedures 2:15-3:15, Louise M. Croll
Managing Behavioral Issues
Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBAs)
Behavioral Intervention Plans (BIPs)
Physical Restraints and Isolation Techniques
Suspensions and Expulsions
Disciplinary Changes in Placement
Interim Alternative Educational Settings
Students Not Yet Eligible for Special Education and Related Services
Expedited Due Process Hearings
School Actions (or Inaction) That can Result in Lawsuits 3:30-4:30, Rebecca Bouchard