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This basic-to-intermediate level program on creating legally compliant IEPs and 504 plans is for: School Principals and Vice Principals, School Superintendents and Assistant Superintendents, School Psychologist, School Counselors, Special Education Teachers, General Education Teachers, Attorneys


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Take away valuable information you can use to spot potential issues in your school's IEP and 504 plan process. (see full course description)


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IEP and 504 Plan Legal Workshop

Strengthen Your School's IEP and 504 Plan Process and Protect Student Rights

IEPs and 504 plans are essential tools to ensure positive learning outcomes for many students. They also have the potential to cause legal issues for schools if they aren't properly planned and carried out. Join our experienced faculty for this comprehensive overview of legal liabilities in IEPs and 504 plans. Take away valuable information you can use to spot potential issues in your school's IEP and 504 plan process. Register today!

  • Ensure students get the tools they need to succeed by properly determining if they are eligible for an IEP or a 504 plan.
  • Implement legally appropriate 504 plans that ensure a level playing field for eligible students.
  • Conduct IEP meetings that include all the necessary players, and know what to do if someone is unable to attend.
  • Handle situations where an IEP just isn't working and modifications are immediately needed.
  • Create behavioral intervention plans that properly take into account the information contained in functional behavior assessments.
  • Properly protect the legal rights of students with IEPs and 504 plans in situations where discipline codes are broken.

  1. IDEA or Section 504? Determining Eligibility Under Both Laws
    9:00 - 9:45, Robert A. Garda Jr.
    1. Section 504
      1. What is a Disability Under Section 504?
      2. Major Life Activities: What do They Encompass?
      3. Substantial Limitations: What is the Bar?
      4. Impairment Determinations: What Can and Can't be Considered?
    2. The IDEA
      1. Eligibility Categories
      2. ADHD and Other Difficult-to-Place Disabilities
      3. Required Need for Specially-Designed Instruction
      4. Best Practices for Determining Eligibility
      5. IDEA-Eligible Students with Additional Medical Needs
    3. Handling Disputes with Parents over Eligibility
  2. Developing and Implementing 504 Plans: Ensuring a Level Playing Field
    9:45 - 10:45, Debra Weinberg
    1. Eligibility: What Should be Considered
    2. What Accommodations Should and Should not do
    3. 504 Accommodations vs. Specially Designed Instruction (and Why it Matters)
    4. Distribution of 504 Plans
    5. Avoiding Modifications
    6. Reviews and Re-Evaluations
    7. 504 Plan Red Flags to Avoid
  3. The IEP Development Process: Handling Difficult Issues
    11:00 - 12:00, Rachael M. Coe
    1. IDEA Evaluation Report Essentials
    2. The IEP Meeting: What if Parents Refuse to Come?
    3. Third Party Participation at IEP Meetings: Outside Agencies, Invited Guests etc.
    4. Avoiding Predetermination on IEPs
    5. Parent Recording of IEP Meetings: Can Schools Prohibit it?
    6. Ensuring the IEP Team has all Necessary Members
    7. Creating Measureable IEP Goals and Progress Requirements
    8. Creating a Prudent Paper Trail
  4. Key Considerations for Implementing IEPs
    1:00 - 2:00, Rachael M. Coe
    1. Who Should Receive a Copy? What Form Should it be?
    2. Teacher Training: Necessary Requirements to Ensure Successful Implementation
    3. Progress Monitoring, Documentation and Reporting
    4. What to do When IEPs Aren't Working
    5. Mid-Year Revisions
      1. Who Can Make Them?
      2. When Should They be Made?
  5. Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBAs), and Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs): Ensuring Best Practices
    2:15 - 3:30, Eden B. Heilman
    1. What IDEA Says About FBAs and BIPs
    2. Who Should be Involved in the Process?
    3. Meeting Key Evaluation Requirements
    4. How to Use the Information
    5. BIPs and Their Relation to IEPs
    6. Creating BIPs That are Useful for Staff
    7. Crisis Components and BIPs
    8. Behavior Plans and Section 504
    9. Handling Disagreements with Parents
  6. Discipline and Expulsion Essentials Under IDEA and Section 504
    3:30 - 4:30, Victor M. Jones
    1. Providing Services During Disciplinary Removal
    2. How Manifestation Determination Reviews Apply
    3. Protections for Children not yet Eligible for Special Education and Related Services
    4. Changes in Placement
      1. Suspensions and the Ten-Day Rule
      2. Legal Rules Governing Removal or Expulsion
      3. Interim Alternative Educational Settings
    5. Other Available Remedies
    6. Multiple Suspensions and Denial of Free Appropriate Education

Seminar Summary:

Take away valuable information you can use to spot potential issues in your school's IEP and 504 plan process. (see full course description)

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