Audio CD + Course Book

IEP and 504 Plan Legal Workshop

Audio CD + Course Book

Copyright Date:

May, 2018

Product ID#:

78924CDRA

Audio + Course Book

Credit Information

Continuing Legal Education

  • IL CLE - 6.00
From Event: IEP and 504 Plan Legal Workshop, held May 2018.

Program Description

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. Get a comprehensive overview of legal liabilities in IEPs and 504 plans from our experienced faculty. Take away valuable information you can use to spot potential issues in your school's IEP and 504 plan process. Order today!

Course Content

  1. IDEA or Section 504? Determining Eligibility Under Both Laws
  2. Developing and Implementing 504 Plans: Ensuring a Level Playing Field
  3. The IEP Development Process: Handling Difficult Issues
  4. Key Considerations for Implementing IEPs
  5. Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBAs), and Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs): Ensuring Best Practices
  6. Discipline and Expulsion Essentials Under IDEA and Section 504

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Legal Education – CLE: 6.00 IL - Credit Approval Expiration 05/20/2020


* denotes specialty credits

Agenda / Content Covered

  1. IDEA or Section 504? Determining Eligibility Under Both Laws
    9:00 - 10:00, Written by Jennifer L. Hansen. Presented by Jennifer L. Hansen in Naperville and Courtney N. Stillman in Rockford.
    1. Section 504
      1. What is a Disability Under Section 504?
      2. Major Life Activities: What do They Encompass?
      3. Substantial Limitations: What is the Bar?
      4. Impairment Determinations: What Can and Can't be Considered?
    2. The IDEA
      1. Eligibility Categories
      2. ADHD and Other Difficult-to-Place Disabilities
      3. Required Need for Specially-Designed Instruction
      4. Best Practices for Determining Eligibility
      5. IDEA-Eligible Students with Additional Medical Needs
    3. Handling Disputes with Parents over Eligibility
  2. Developing and Implementing 504 Plans: Ensuring a Level Playing Field
    10:15 - 11:15, Written by Jennifer L. Hansen. Presented by Jennifer L. Hansen in Naperville and Courtney N. Stillman in Rockford.
    1. Eligibility: What Should be Considered
    2. What Accommodations Should and Should not do
    3. 504 Accommodations vs. Specially Designed Instruction (and Why it Matters)
    4. Distribution of 504 Plans
    5. Avoiding Modifications
    6. Reviews and Re-Evaluations
    7. 504 Plan Red Flags to Avoid
  3. The IEP Development Process: Handling Difficult Issues
    11:15 - 12:15, Written by Ruth Kraus Ph.D. Presented by Ruth Kraus Ph.D. in Naperville and Colleen F. O'Keefe in Rockford.
    1. IDEA Evaluation Report Essentials
    2. The IEP Meeting: What if Parents Refuse to Come?
    3. Handling Divorced Parents Who Disagree
    4. Third Party Participation at IEP Meetings: Outside Agencies, Invited Guests etc.
    5. Avoiding Predetermination on IEPs
    6. Parent Recording of IEP Meetings: Can Schools Prohibit it?
    7. Ensuring the IEP Team has all Necessary Members
    8. Creating Measureable IEP Goals and Progress Requirements
  4. Key Considerations for Implementing IEPs
    1:15 - 2:15, Written by Francine Eggleston. Presented by Kathleen Terese in Naperville and Francine Eggleston in Rockford.
    1. Who Should Receive a Copy? What Form Should it be?
    2. Teacher Training: Necessary Requirements to Ensure Successful Implementation
    3. Progress Monitoring, Documentation and Reporting
    4. What to do When IEPs Aren't Working
    5. Mid-Year Revisions
      1. Who Can Make Them?
      2. When Should They be Made?
  5. Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBAs), and Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs): Ensuring Best Practices
    2:30 - 3:30, Written by Jessica L. Briney. Presented by Jessica L. Briney in Naperville and Courtney N. Stillman in Rockford.
    1. What IDEA Says About FBAs and BIPs
    2. Who Should be Involved in the Process?
    3. Meeting Key Evaluation Requirements
    4. How to Use the Information
    5. BIPs and Their Relation to IEPs
    6. Creating BIPs That are Useful for Staff
    7. Crisis Components and BIPs
    8. Behavior Plans and Section 504
    9. Handling Disagreements with Parents
  6. Discipline and Expulsion Essentials Under IDEA and Section 504
    3:30 - 4:30, Written and presented by Kathleen Terese in Naperville and Yashekia T. Simpkins in Rockford.
    1. Providing Services During Disciplinary Removal
    2. How Manifestation Determination Reviews Apply
    3. Protections for Children not yet Eligible for Special Education and Related Services
    4. Changes in Placement
      1. Suspensions and the Ten-Day Rule
      2. Legal Rules Governing Removal or Expulsion
      3. Interim Alternative Educational Settings
    5. Other Available Remedies
    6. Multiple Suspensions and Denial of Free Appropriate Public Education
May 21 - Naperville

JESSICA L. BRINEY is an attorney with Mickey, Wilson, Weiler, Renzi & Andersson, P.C. where she focuses her practice in the areas of school law, municipal law, and civil litigation. Ms. Briney is a member of the National Council of School Attorneys, Illinois Council of School Attorneys, and the Kane Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association. She earned her B.A. degree, with honors, from Elmhurst College and J.D. degree from the John Marshall Law School.

JENNIFER L. HANSEN is a partner with the law firm of Hansen & Cleary, LLC. She focuses her practice in the areas of special education law, school residency, school discipline matters, mental health law, probate and guardianship matters, criminal and civil litigation for juveniles and adults, confidentiality issues, bullying investigations, post-secondary education matters, DCFS and child welfare matters, school employment issues, and domestic relations (as a guardian ad litem, child’s representative, and/or attorney for the child only). Ms. Hansen also represents select public and private schools in Illinois. She also provides consultative services to schools and institutions in the areas of bullying investigations, employment investigations, and legislative support. Ms. Hansen is a member of the ISBA Disability Law Committee, the ISBA Mental Health Law Committee, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Association of Women Attorneys of Lake County, and the Lake County Bar Association. She earned her B.A. degree from Carthage College, Kenosha, Wisconsin; her J.D. degree from University of Wyoming College of Law; and her LL.M. degree from Universiteit Maastricht, Maastricht, the Netherlands.

RUTH KRAUS PH.D. is a sole practitioner with Ruth Kraus Ph.D. where she is a licensed clinical psychologist. Dr. Kraus is a frequent lecturer and has been published in the Cambridge University Press. Dr. Kraus received the award for best review paper in AERA publication, for “Culture and Mathematics Learning” from the American Educational Research Association. She earned her B.A. degree, magna cum laude; from the University of Virginia Charlottesville, Virginia; her Ph.D. degree in educational and developmental psychology from the University of Chicago in Chicago Illinois; and did her post-doctoral fellowship in developmental neuropsychology at the Department of Psychiatric, University of Chicago and Pediatric Psychology Clinic, Wyler Children’s Hospital.

KATHLEEN TERESE is an attorney with Klein, Thorpe and Jenkins, Ltd., where she focuses her practice on general municipal law; library law; and school law, including special education matters. During law school, Ms. Terese was a member of the Elder Law Journal and an editor of the Frederick Green Moot Court team. She also was an extern for the Office of University Counsel. Prior to joining Klein, Thorpe & Jenkins, Ltd., she worked as an attorney representing school districts and special education cooperatives with a school law firm. Ms. Terese earned her J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from University of Illinois and her B.S. degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

May 24 - Rockford

FRANCINE EGGLESTON is the director of special services at Kaneland School District #302 in Illinois, overseeing the department’s responsibilities of identifying and evaluating students with one or more of 13 categories of disability, special education instructional services, transition planning, case study reevaluations, homebound instructional services, Section 504 compliance, and much more. Prior to her current position, she was a principal and special education teacher. Ms. Eggleston earned her B.A. in education from Carthage College in Wisconsin and her Master’s Degree of Education from Aurora University, Aurora, Illinois. Her certifications and endorsements include LBS 1 Special Education, Type 3 Elementary Education, Type 75 Administration Endorsement, and director of Special Education Endorsement. In 2009 Ms. Eggleston was awarded the Administrator of the Year award by the Kane Country Regional Office of Education.

COLLEEN F. O'KEEFE is chief legal counsel for Community Unit School District 300 where she practices in the areas of labor and employment, counseling and compliance, employment litigation, and school law. Ms. O’Keefe is admitted to practice in Illinois. She earned her B.A. degree from the University of Notre Dame and J.D. degree from Loyola University.

YASHEKIA T. SIMPKINS is an attorney with Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, where she practices in the areas of government, school law and education. She also represents clients in state and federal court litigation, as well as proceedings before the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board, the Illinois Department of Human Rights, and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Ms. Simpkins advises school districts and other public entities on matters related to the Open Meetings Act and Freedom of Information Act. She received her B.S. degree in chemistry from Northern Illinois University and her J.D. degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law. She is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

COURTNEY N. STILLMAN is an partner with Hauser, Izzo, Petrarca, Gleason & Stillman, LLC where she concentrates her practice in the areas of special education and disability law. She is licensed to practice in both Illinois and Indiana. Ms. Stillman was a member of her local Board of Education for eleven years and president of that school board for six years. She earned her B.A. degree from Manchester College and her J.D. degree, summa cum laude, from Indiana University School of Law.

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Continuing Legal Education

IL CLE: 6.00 Credit Approval Exp
05/20/2020
This program has been approved by the Illinois MCLE Board for 6.0 hours of recorded technology CLE credit.


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