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Gain a Legal Overview of Complex Discipline Issues That Affect Students with Behavioral Issues

Although no educator enjoys it, disciplining students is a common part of any school day and can create complicated legal dilemmas for any school. Moreover, disciplining students whose misbehavior is a manifestation of their disabilities is also all too common, requiring a great deal of patience in addition to creating a whole other series of tricky legal issues. These situations require copious amounts of documentation, and this documentation has to be legally sound. Are you up to date on the latest rules and standards? Learn techniques that you can use to avoid discipline problems and to ensure that your school stays legally compliant when they happen. Register today!

  • Ensure your understanding of essential student discipline regulations and legal procedures remains up to date.
  • Understand what response strategies are legally appropriate for certain disruptive behaviors, such as unwanted physical and sexual gestures, advances or exhibitions.
  • Gain information on when a functional behavior assessment is necessary and on useful procedures to conduct one.
  • Create legally substantive IEPs that provide students with the educational benefits they need.
  • Get the latest on how to legally suspend and expel students with behavioral issues under IDEA.
  • Know the legal implications of the bullying of special needs students under various federal laws.
  • Effectively create and implement a school-wide discipline plan that avoids problems before they occur.

  1. An Overview of Applicable Laws
    9:00 - 9:50, Frank G. Barile and James P. Drohan
    1. IDEA
    2. Every Student Succeeds Act Replaces No Child Left Behind
    3. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
    4. The ADA
    5. State-Specific Laws
    6. Jurisdiction of the Federal Government vs. State Government
  2. Conducting Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBAs) and Behavioral Intervention Plans (BIPs) in a Legally Compliant Manner
    9:50 - 10:40, Frank G. Barile and James P. Drohan
    1. When to Conduct FBAs and Why
    2. Key FBA Components and Necessary Staff to Involve
    3. Functional Analyses
    4. How to Use the Information
    5. BIPs and Their Relation to IEPs
    6. Crisis Components and BIPs
    7. Behavior Plans and Section 504
  3. Creating Procedural and Substantive IEPs
    10:55 - 11:45, Frank G. Barile and James P. Drohan
    1. Compliance with State and Federal Laws
    2. Key IEP Components to Avoid School District Liability
    3. Conducting IEP Meetings: Avoiding Critical Legal Errors
    4. Resolution Strategies for Common IEP Disputes
  4. Discipline Including Student Suspensions: A Practical Legal Guide
    12:45 - 1:45, James K. Riley
    1. Liability Issues for Schools
    2. Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies
    3. Positive Behavior Support Plans
    4. Restraints and Isolation Rooms: State and Federal Positions
    5. Manifest Determination Reviews
    6. Educational Services During Removal
    7. Alternative Educational Placements
  5. Legally Appropriate Responses to Difficult Disruptive Behaviors
    1:45 - 2:35, James K. Riley
    1. Unwanted Physical and Sexual Behaviors
    2. Addiction Issues
    3. Social Maladjustment and Conduct Disorders
    4. Sexting
    5. Anxiety and Depression
  6. Bullying and Students with Behavioral Issues
    2:50 - 3:40, Daniel Petigrow
    1. Bullying and the Law: A Legal Perspective
      1. What the IDEA Says
      2. Bullying and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
      3. Bullying and Title 2 of the Americans with Disabilities Act
      4. Appropriate State Laws
    2. Sexting and Bullying
    3. When Special Needs Students are Instigators of Bullying
    4. Creating and Updating Legally Compliant Bullying Policies
    5. Legally Appropriate School Response Strategies to Bullying
  7. Creating Discipline Plans That Work
    3:40 - 4:30, Marion M. Walsh
    1. Types of Discipline: An Overview
      1. Preventative Discipline
      2. Supportive Discipline
      3. Corrective Discipline
    2. Creating a Positive Classroom Environment
      1. School-Wide Positive Behavior Support
      2. Classroom Positive Behavior Support

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