Live Seminar

IEP and 504 Plan Legal Workshop

Seminar

Date:

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Time:

9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Product ID#:

79165ER

Location:

Holiday Inn Boston-Brookline

1200 Beacon Street

Brookline, MA 02446

$359.00

$349 / Each Additional

Registration Includes Course Book

Credit Information

Other

  • IACET - 0.60

Program Description

Strengthen Your School's IEP and 504 Plan Process and Protect Student Rights

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 overview of 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 process. Register today!

  • Ensure students get the tools they need to succeed by properly determining if they are eligible for an IEP or a 504 plan.
  • Implement legally appropriate 504 plans that ensure a level playing field for eligible students.
  • Conduct IEP meetings that include all the necessary players, and know what to do if someone is unable to attend.
  • Handle situations where an IEP just isn't working and modifications are immediately needed.
  • Create behavioral intervention plans that properly take into account the information contained in functional behavior assessments.
  • Properly protect the legal rights of students with IEPs and 504 plans in situations where discipline codes are broken.

Who Should Attend

This basic-to-intermediate level program on creating legally compliant IEPs and 504 plans is for:

  • School Principals and Vice-Principals
  • School Superintendents and Assistant Superintendents
  • School Psychologist
  • School Counselors
  • Special Education Teachers
  • General Education Teachers
  • Attorneys
  • Paralegals

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

International Association for Continuing Education Training – IACET: 0.60


* denotes specialty credits

Agenda / Content Covered

  1. IDEA or Section 504? Determining Eligibility Under Both Laws
    9:00 - 10:00, Written and presented by Peter S. Farrell in New Bedford and Brookline.
    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
    10:00 - 11:00, Written and presented by Peter S. Farrell in New Bedford and Brookline.
    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 and presented by Eileen M. Hagerty in New Bedford and Brookline.
    1. IDEA Evaluation Report Essentials
    2. The IEP Meeting: What if Parents Refuse to Come?
    3. Third Party Participation at IEP Meetings: Outside Agencies, Invited Guests etc.
    4. Avoiding Predetermination on IEPs
    5. Parent Recording of IEP Meetings: Can Schools Prohibit it?
    6. Ensuring the IEP Team has all Necessary Members
    7. Creating Measureable IEP Goals and Progress Requirements
    8. Creating a Prudent Paper Trail
  4. Key Considerations for Implementing IEPs
    1:15 - 2:15, Written and presented by Eileen M. Hagerty in New Bedford and Brookline.
    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 and presented by Carla C. Leone in New Bedford and Brookline.
    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 Ashley Francisque and Jodi Guinn in New Bedford and Marlies Spanjaard in Brookline.
    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

PETER S. FARRELL is a senior associate with Tamkin & Hochberg LLP, where he practices in the areas of business and civil litigation, special education law, employment and corporate. Mr. Farrell has also developed an area of expertise in special education law working with families of children with special needs in the development of individualized education plans (IEP) and ensuring those plans are implemented appropriately. Mr. Farrell graduated, cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and attended Suffolk University Law School. He founded the UMass Legal Alumni Network, an affinity network of the UMass Amherst Alumni Association. He was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the UMass Amherst Alumni Association. Mr. Farrell is actively involved in the Parent Association at the South Shore Charter Public School where he serves as chair and sits on the Board of Trustees. (New Bedford and Brookline locations)

ASHLEY FRANCISQUE is an education attorney at the Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts, LLC, a Subsidiary of South Coastal Counties Legal Services and a nonprofit organization in Brockton that provides legal services to low-income individuals and families in the south shore region of Massachusetts. Ms. Francisque represents students and their families in various school related issues, including school discipline and special education matters. Previously, she was the Bart Gordon fellow for two years working in partnership with the Center for Law and Education on a project focused on addressing school policies that negatively impacted students who attended Brockton, New Bedford and Fall River school districts. She received her B.A. degree in political science at Boston College and received her J.D. degree from Suffolk University Law School. (New Bedford location)

JODI GUINN is a staff attorney at the Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts, LLC, a Subsidiary of South Coastal Counties Legal Services and a nonprofit organization in Brockton that provides legal services to low-income individuals and families in the south shore region of Massachusetts. Prior to her current position she was a fellow at Massachusetts Advocates for Children and clerked for the Massachusetts Appeals Court. She received a B.A. degree, summa cum laude, from Dartmouth College and her J.D. degree from Harvard Law School. (New Bedford location)

EILEEN M. HAGERTY is a partner with Kotin, Crabtree & Strong, LLP, in Boston, Massachusetts. She concentrates her practice in special education law. Ms. Hagerty represents and advises parents regarding all aspects of special education disputes, including the TEAM meeting process (evaluations, eligibility determinations, IEP development, program and placement disputes); suspension and expulsion hearings; mediation; formal due process proceedings before the Bureau of Special Education Appeals (BSEA), including discovery, negotiation, pre-hearing conferences, settlement conferences, and administrative hearings; federal district court and appellate court litigation; and attorneys’ fee litigation. She represents students with all types of disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders, dyslexia and other learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, and mental health issues. Ms. Hagerty has been named as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer in the field of education law each year from 2004 to the present. She has been chosen as one of Boston’s AV Preeminent Top Rated Lawyers (2012, 2014 and 2015). She has been selected as one of the Top Women Attorneys in Massachusetts (Boston Magazine, 2013, 2014) and as a Top Woman of Law in Massachusetts (Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, 2014). She has co-chaired Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education’s Annual School Law Conference each year from 2010 to the present. She contributes case commentary to the Massachusetts Special Education Reporter and edits the Massachusetts School Law Sourcebook and Citator. Ms. Hagerty is a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School. Prior to joining Kotin, Crabtree & Strong, LLP, Ms. Hagerty was co-founder and partner at a small civil litigation firm. Before that, she served as an assistant United States attorney and a special assistant district attorney, and litigated at a large Boston law firm. She served as law clerk to Judge Frederick B. Lacey of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. Ms. Hagerty participates in various public service activities, including serving as a member of the Board of Directors of a non-profit advocacy organization, Massachusetts Advocates for Children (MAC), and serving as MAC’s board chair from 2006 to 2012. She also serves as a member of MAC’s Autism Advisory Committee. Ms. Hagerty lectures and writes frequently on topics in special education law for both legal and lay audiences. (New Bedford and Brookline locations)

CARLA C. LEONE is a solo practitioner who represents children with special needs in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts before the Bureau of Special Education Appeals Division of the Department of Education. She is admitted to practice law in all state and federal courts in both Massachusetts and New York State. She represents school-age children with disabilities who are not being provided with a free, appropriate public education. At her current location in Lexington, Massachusetts, her emphasis in this practice is to be a strong advocate for children, while bringing a constructive, collaborative approach to the table. She received her J.D. degree, cum laude, from New England School of Law, Boston. (New Bedford and Brookline locations)

MARLIES SPANJAARD, staff attorney at the Committee for Public Counsel Services, is the director of education advocacy for the Edlaw Project, an initiative of the Youth Advocacy Foundation of the Massachusetts Public Defender Agency, the Committee for Public Counsel Services. The EdLaw Project was created in 2000 with the mission to shut down the school to prison pipeline. EdLaw provides Massachusetts’ most vulnerable children with legal support and access to expert education advocacy. She is responsible for supervising staff attorneys and interns, making program-wide policy decisions, and cultivating relationships with other individuals and agencies in an effort to promote the Edlaw Project mission. Prior to serving as director, Ms. Spanjaard gained valuable experience as a staff attorney with the EdLaw Project during which time she represented students in school disciplinary hearings, special education team meetings, and administrative hearings before the Bureau of Special Education Appeals. She has provided trainings on education related issues throughout the state and before a wide variety of audiences including parents, youth workers, students and attorneys. She also teaches at Wheelock College in the Juvenile Justice and Youth Advocacy Concentration. She earned her J.D. degree and her M.S.W. degree at Washington University Law School, and George Warren Brown School of Social Work in St. Louis, Missouri. (Brookline location)

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Accreditation Details:

International Association for Continuing Education Training

N IACET: 0.60
NBI, Inc. is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and is authorized to issue the IACET CEU. NBI, Inc. is authorized by IACET to offer 0.6 CEUs for this program. At the end of the program, participants must complete a self-assessment in order to receive credit. 100% attendance is required. (Provider #1004558)

Upon completion of this course, attendees should be able to: 1. Identify when a student is eligible for a 504 plan, but not for an IEP. 2. Describe two 504 plan red flags. 3. Identify what to do if parents refuse to attend an IEP meeting. 4. Describe how to modify an IEP. 5. Identify who should be involved in the FBA process. 6. Describe what services must be provided during a disciplinary removal.

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