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Two Full Days of Essential IEP and 504 Plan Information

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 two day workshop on mitigating 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 processes. Register today!

  • Obtain critical special education legal updates and avoid compliance mistakes.
  • Confidently handle IEP evaluation and eligibility disputes.
  • Ensure your IEP meeting processes and procedures are legally compliant.
  • Create legally defensible IEPs that have clear and measurable goals.
  • Confidently handle difficult 504 plan eligibility situations.
  • Dissect 504 plans and spot critical legal liabilities.
  • Determine when a manifestation determination is and is not required.
  • Understand what services a school must provide special needs students during disciplinary removal.

Day One

  1. Special Education Legal Updates
    9:00 - 9:45, Maria Calzon
    1. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and Special Education
    2. Recent Dear Colleague Letters
    3. OSEP Policy Letters
    4. State Law Updates
  2. IEP Evaluations and Eligibility
    9:45 - 10:45, Jennifer A. Englert
    1. Child Find Essentials
    2. IDEA Eligibility Categories
    3. Best Practices for Difficult-to-Place Disabilities
    4. Documentation Essentials
    5. Evaluation and Eligibility Disputes: Legal Best Practices
  3. Creating Legally Defensible IEPs: A Step-by-Step Guide
    11:00 - 12:00, Sarah Fay
    1. Overview of the Development Process: Who Should be Involved?
    2. Functional Performance and Academic Achievement
    3. Measurable Annual Goals
    4. Special Education Aids and Services
    5. Participation in Mainstream Classrooms
    6. Appropriate Measurable Post-Secondary Goals
    7. Legally Appropriate IEP Modifications
  4. The IEP Meeting Process: Legal Pitfalls to Avoid
    1:00 - 2:00, Sarah Fay
  5. IEP Goal Progress Monitoring: Ensuring Legal Compliance
    2:15 - 3:30, Jennifer Englert
    1. What the IDEA Says About Progress Monitoring
    2. Documenting Progress
    3. Reporting Lack of Progress
  6. Avoiding Common IEP Errors and Mistakes
    3:30 - 4:30, Sarah Fay
    1. Predetermination on IEPs
    2. IEPs with no Meaningful Educational Benefit
    3. Failure to Document Changes in Placement Decisions
    4. Failure to Properly Include Parents in the Process

Day Two

  1. How the 504 Plan Process Works: Critical Legal Essentials
    9:00 - 9:45, Maria Calzon
  2. 504 Plan Eligibility: What are the Determining Factors?
    9:45 - 10:45, Maria Calzon
    1. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act: What it Does and Doesn't Cover
    2. Disability Definition Ambiguities
    3. Documenting the Evaluation Process
    4. Substantial Limitations What is the Bar?
    5. Impairment Determinations: What Can and Cannot be Considered?
    6. IEP, 504 Plan or Both - Unravelling Difficult Eligibility Situations
  3. The Anatomy of an Effective 504 Plan: Overcoming Legal Ambiguities
    11:00 - 12:00, LaKisha M. Kinsey-Sallis
    1. How to Address Disabilities
    2. Essential Accommodations and Modifications
    3. Placement in Least Restrictive Environment
    4. Red Flags to Avoid
  4. 504 Plan Reviews and Reevaluations: Legal Best Practices
    1:00 - 2:00, LaKisha M. Kinsey-Sallis
  5. Handling IEP and 504 Plan Disputes
    2:15 - 3:15, Heather J. Wallace
  6. Manifestation Determination Review (MDR) Essentials
    3:15 - 4:30, Heather J. Wallace
    1. When MDRs Are and Are not Required
    2. Required Participants for MDR Meetings
    3. Essential Information to Consider
    4. Determining if Conduct Was a Manifestation
    5. Providing Services During Disciplinary Removal
    6. Changes in Placement
    7. Due Process Hearing Essentials

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