This basic-to-intermediate level seminar on special education law is for: School Principals and Vice-Principals, School Superintendents and Assistant Superinendents, School Board Members, School Psychologists, School Counselors, Special Education Teachers, General Education Teachers, Attorneys, Paralegals
Your Guide to Special Education Laws Educators Need to Know
Special education laws present education professionals with a tangled web of requirements to navigate, with each step fraught with potential problems for the school and the student. Determining eligibility for services, conducting student discipline, and addressing bullying and harassment require a firm grasp of the respective legal obligations due to students with special needs. This program will equip you with the tools you need to provide essential services to your students. Our expert attorney faculty will clarify the most pressing areas of concern and bring you up to speed with the latest legal developments. Register today!
Explore landmark cases impacting schools and students with special needs.
Learn how to develop and implement effective Section 504 plans and avoid plan modifications.
Navigate the IEP process while avoiding mistakes that can lead to school liability.
Know when mental health issues qualify as a disability and which services schools must provide.
Participate in a start-to-finish student discipline case study.
Conduct productive and legally compliant student due process hearings.
Prevent and address claims of bullying and harassment that lead to denial of FAPE.
Special Education Case Law Update: Recent Developments and Landmark Cases 9:00 - 9:50, Kyle A. McClain
Recent Cases of Interest to Education Professionals
Landmark Cases: Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District, Plyler v. Doe and Others
State and Federal Regulatory Updates
Section 504 Plan Implementation 9:50 - 10:40, Dana A. Jonson
504 Plans vs. IEPs: Eligibility and Other Differences
Distributing the Plan
Plan Review and Re-Evaluation
Tips for Avoiding Plan Modifications
Applying Section 504 to Athletics and Extracurricular Activities
Individualized Education Plans (IEPs): Top Mistakes Schools Make 10:55 - 11:45, Dana A. Jonson
Logistical Snafus: Meeting Scheduling, Involving the Necessary Stakeholders and More
Avoiding Pitfalls in the IEP Meeting
Failing to Write Goals that are Legally Defensible
Errors in Plan Documentation
Progress Monitoring Oversights
Updating the IEP - The Right Way
Mental Health Issues Involving Students with Disabilities 12:45 - 1:35, Dana A. Jonson
Determining When Mental Illness Qualifies as a Disability
Interplay of Mental Health Issues and the Child Find Mandate
Keeping Records of Mental Health Concerns
Setting IEP Goals for Students with Mental Health Needs
504 Plan Eligibility for Mental Health Issues
Required Services for Students Without 504s/IEPs
Disciplining Students with Special Needs: MDRs, FBAs, BIPs and More 1:35 - 2:30, Kyle A. McClain
Manifestation Determination Reviews (MDRs): Linking the Behavior to the Disability
Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBAs): When to Conduct Them and Who Needs to be Involved
Behavioral Intervention Plan (BIP) Basics
Putting it All Together: A Student Discipline Case Study
Due Process Hearings: A Legal Compliance Guide 2:45 - 3:40, Dana A. Jonson
How to Respond When Parents Request a Hearing
The School's Right to Request a Hearing
Responding to Complaints Regarding Denial of Eligibility
Handling IEP Plan Disputes
Conducting the Hearing
Best Practices to Avoid Due Process Hearings
Appropriate School Responses to Bullying and Harassment: Cyberbullying and More 3:40 - 4:30, Elizabeth K. Adams
Bullying and the Law: Section 504 and IDEA
How Schools Must Respond to Incidents of Bullying and Harassment
Handling Cyberbullying and Off-Campus Incidents
Documentation Best Practices
Ensuring that Special Needs Students Receive FAPE
What to Do When the Special Needs Student is the Aggressor