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Avoid the Most Common Special Education Mistakes!

We asked. You told us the most common mistakes made on a daily basis in special education. This practical full-day course, taught by attorneys who help schools navigate the minefield of legal requirements every day, will give you the exact mechanisms you need to prevent these errors from happening at your school. You need to know the law in order to deal with complex questions that arise on a regular basis - don't miss out on this opportunity to learn not only how to spot potential legal pitfalls, but also how to tackle them head on. Register today!

  • Be prepared to handle questions regarding disciplinary actions for special needs students.
  • Confidently navigate through Prior Written Notice (PWN) procedures.
  • Avoid the most common mistakes in IEP development.
  • Ensure school tests, reports and measurements meet the IDEA's evaluation requirements.
  • Prevent school personnel actions that could land a school in hot water.
  • Ensure IEP development process documentation serves as a legal aid in case of lawsuits.
  • Evaluate your students so you can determine whether they're eligible for special services.

  1. Mistake #1: Improper Evaluations and Child Find Mistakes
    9:00 - 10:00, Mari M. Hommel
    1. Missing Signs That Trigger a School's Child Find Obligation Under IDEA
    2. What Evaluation Testing is Needed?
    3. Overidentification of Students
    4. Why Students Need Specialized Services
    5. Inadequately Responding to Requests for IEE's
    6. IEE's - to What Degree Should an LEA Consider and/or Implement?
    7. Outside Experts/Evaluation
    8. Evaluating Students Under IDEA and Section 504
  2. Mistake #2: Prior Written Notice (PWN) Oversights
    10:15 - 11:15, Ronald P. Geiersbach
    1. Developing the PWN
    2. What is Included?
    3. Sending PWN When Required, or with Proper Notice
    4. Documenting Decisions Made by the Team
    5. Utilizing PWNs When You Should
  3. Mistake #3: The IEP Development Process and Implementation Disasters
    11:15 - 12:15, Kalena Ek
    1. Failure to Train or Implement
    2. Discussing, Considering, Responding to and Documenting Parent Concerns/Requests
    3. Inviting Correct Participants
    4. Predetermination of IEPs, Services and Placement
    5. Data Based Decision Making
    6. Providing Delivery of IEP to Parents
    7. Reviewing the IEP Annually and Accurately Tracking Progress
    8. Providing Accommodations/Services
    9. IEP Design Mistakes
  4. Mistake #4: Failure to Work with Parents Properly
    1:15 - 2:15, Kalena Ek
    1. Managing Disagreements Between Parents
    2. Parents Requests and Making Decisions Without Parents
    3. Parental Consent-When Needed and How to Obtain
    4. Parent Fails/Refuses to Participate in IEP Meeting
    5. Does the Parent Have the Right to Record the IEP Meeting?
    6. Working with Difficult Parents?
  5. Mistake #5: Improper Documentation and Data Collection
    2:15 - 3:15, Mari M. Hommel
    1. Parents Concerns and Team's Response in the IEP and PWN
    2. Data-Based Instruction
    3. Records From CSE Meetings
    4. Delivery of IEP to Parents
    5. Collecting Data for Extended School Year
    6. Progress Reports
    7. Staff Training
    8. Communications with Parents
    9. Concerns Raised by Staff
  6. Mistake #6: Failure to Properly Discipline a Child with a Disability
    3:30 - 4:30, Ronald P. Geiersbach
    1. Conducting FBA's
    2. Developing and Following BIP's
    3. MDR Hearing Timeline
    4. Due Process for Section 504 Grievances
    5. Did Removals Result in Change of Placement?
    6. Requirements of Manifestation Hearings
    7. Convening IEP Team Meetings to Conduct Manifestation Determination
    8. Educational Placement and Services to be Provided During Suspensions, Expulsions, Etc.

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