Get Practical Legal Guidance for Your Toughest Special Education Compliance Issues
No matter their background, educating students is challenging. Schools need to navigate a maze of federal and state laws while addressing the complex needs of each student. Knowing how to tackle these problems is crucial to securing the success of your district and ensuring students reach their full potential. In this program, seasoned school law attorneys will provide you with solutions for your toughest special education legal issues. From child find to IEPs to discipline and more, get the knowledge and skills you need to embrace challenges and avoid costly legal mistakes. Register today!
- Stay on top of new laws, court cases and the latest issues in special education.
- Untangle child find and eligibility issues that can result in overlooked or over-identified students.
- Demystify the extent of a school's flexibility in forming and implementing Section 504 plans.
- Develop a clearer understanding of "FAPE" and other nebulous or contentious legal terms.
- Create legally-solid IEPs that are individualized, contain measurable goals and provide proper services/supports.
- Examine legal concerns in handling severe behavioral issues and disciplining students with special needs.
- Find out how to handle due process claims and comply with the nuances of the stay-put provision.
- Child Find, Evaluations, and Eligibility Changes and Challenges
9:00 - 9:45, Written by Hope N. Kirsch and Lori Kirsch-Goodwin. Presented by Victoria Ikerd-Schreiter in Flagstaff and Hope N. Kirsch and Lori Kirsch-Goodwin in Phoenix.
- Child Find - Avoiding Key Oversights
- Suspected Disability: Student and School Rights
- Challenges in Determining Eligibility for Special Education Services
- Assessment and Report: The Most Common Legal Errors
- Evaluation Reports: Documenting Mental Health Concerns
- Independent Education Evaluations (IEEs) - Properly Responding to or Challenging Requests
- Eligibility Changes/De-Classification - What to do When Parents Refuse
- 504 Plans: Advanced Issues and Answers
9:45 - 10:30, Written by Hope N. Kirsch and Lori Kirsch-Goodwin. Presented by Victoria Ikerd-Schreiter in Flagstaff and Hope N. Kirsch and Lori Kirsch-Goodwin in Phoenix.
- 504 Plan Eligibility - Complex Circumstances
- Accommodations and Modifications: Addressing Students' Unique Needs
- Requirements for Service Animals Under Section 504 and the IDEA
- Documenting the Plan - Avoiding Common Pitfalls
- How Far Can Teachers Deviate From 504 Plans?
- Handling Teachers Who Will Not Follow the Plan
- Dealing with Difficult Parents (Including Parents Who Disagree)
- Advanced IEPs: Evading Pitfalls with Unassailable Practices
10:45 - 11:45, Written by Hope N. Kirsch and Lori Kirsch-Goodwin. Presented by Cathleen M. Dooley in Flagstaff and Hope N. Kirsch and Lori Kirsch-Goodwin in Phoenix.
- Key Court Cases Challenging the Legal Sufficiency of IEPs
- Ensuring Parental Participation and Input When Developing a Program
- Avoiding Predetermination
- The Challenges of Writing Clear and Measurable IEP Goals
- Objecting to Parental Requests for Services
- Mental Health and IEPs - Working with Emotionally Disturbed/Mentally Ill Students
- The Prior Written Notice Obligation - Common Oversights
- Implementing IEPs and Documenting Student Progress
- IEP Transition Planning
- New Laws, Court Cases and Emerging Trends: What They Mean for You
12:45 - 1:30, Written and Presented by Heather R. Pierson in Flagstaff and Phoenix.
- Current and Emerging Trends (and New Problems)
- Changes in Education & Special Education Laws and Regulations
- Recent Cases and Court Findings Review
- IDEA, FAPE and Placement: Clarifying Legal Gray Areas
1:30 - 2:30, Written and Presented by Heather R. Pierson in Flagstaff and Phoenix.
- Defining "FAPE" and Other Troublesome Definitions Through Court Decisions
- How Other Laws Affect IDEA's FAPE Obligation
- Addressing Bullying and Disability Harassment
- Defining a District's Responsibility to Offer a Full Continuum of Services/Placements
- Dispelling Uncertainty in Determining an Appropriate LRE
- How do Districts Program Effectively in the LRE?
- Unraveling Unilateral Private Placement and Compensation Issues
- Providing Educational Services/Home Instruction for Students Who Choose Not to Attend School
- Behavioral Issues, Discipline and MDRs: Avoiding Legal Problems
2:45 - 3:45, Written and Presented by Jessica S. Sanchez in Flagstaff and Phoenix.
- FBAs and BIPs - What Schools Are Doing Wrong
- Restraint, Isolation, Seclusion and Alternatives: Emergency Response Protocols for Severe Behavioral Issues
- Does Sending Kids Home for Problem Behavior Result in a Change of Placement/Pattern of Exclusion?
- Handling the Legal Requirements of Manifestation Hearings and Outcomes
- Expedited Reviews
- Manifestation Determination: Exploring Scenarios
- Removals, Expulsion and Services
- Due Process: Resolving Contentious Issues
3:45 - 4:30, Written and Presented by Jessica S. Sanchez in Flagstaff and Phoenix.
- Nuances of Due Process Procedures and Complying with the Stay-Put Provision
- Avoiding Parental Requests for DP Hearings
- Using Reverse Due Process as a Defensive Legal Strategy
- Settling Due Process Complaints
- Preparing for the Hearing and Using Expert Witnesses Effectively
- Distinguishing Procedural From Substantive Violations - Are Parents Entitled to Compensatory Relief?
- Managing Attorneys' Fees
This advanced level seminar on special education law is for:
- School Principals and Vice Principals
- School Superintendents and Assistant Superintendents
- School Psychologists
- School Counselors
- Special Education Teachers
- General Education Teachers