Audio CD + Course Book

IEPs and 504 Plans: A Legal Compliance Guide

Audio CD + Course Book

Copyright Date:

December, 2017

Product ID#:

77668CDRA

Audio + Course Book

Credit Information

Continuing Legal Education

  • WY CLE - 12.00
From Event: IEPs and 504 Plans: A Legal Compliance Guide, held December 2017.

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. This comprehensive guide will show you how to mitigate 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. Order today!

Course Content

Day One

  1. Special Education Legal Updates
  2. IEP Evaluations and Eligibility
  3. Creating Legally Defensible IEPs: A Step-by-Step Guide
  4. The IEP Meeting Process: Legal Pitfalls to Avoid
  5. IEP Goal Progress Monitoring: Ensuring Legal Compliance
  6. Avoiding Common IEP Errors and Mistakes

Day Two

  1. Critical Legal Essentials
  2. Manifestation Determination Review (MDR) Essentials
  3. The Anatomy of an Effective 504 Plan
  4. 504 Plan Eligibility: What are the Determining Factors?
  5. 504 Plan Reviews and Reevaluations: Legal Best Practices

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Legal Education – CLE: 12.00 WY - Credit Approval Expiration 12/07/2020


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Agenda / Content Covered

Day One

  1. Special Education Legal Updates
    9:00 - 9:45, Jack D. Robinson
    1. Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District RE-1 and the Supreme Court's Substantive Standard for a FAPE
    2. Federal Law Updates
    3. State Law Updates
    4. OSEP Policy Memos and Dear Colleague Letters
  2. IEP Evaluations and Eligibility
    9:45 - 10:45, Jack D. Robinson
    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, Professor Tiffany L. Dobler
    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, Dr. Jacque Phillips
  5. IEP Goal Progress Monitoring: Ensuring Legal Compliance
    2:15 - 3:30, Professor Tiffany L. Dobler
    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, Professor Tiffany L. Dobler
    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. Critical Legal Essentials
    9:00 - 10:15, Dr. Jacque Phillips
    1. Federal Complaints with 504 and IEP's
    2. Overlap of OAC and Juvenile Court
    3. Discipline and Expulsion Best Practices
    4. Handling IEP and 504 Plan Disputes
  2. Manifestation Determination Review (MDR) Essentials
    10:30 - 12:00, Dr. Jacque Phillips
    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
  3. The Anatomy of an Effective 504 Plan: Overcoming Legal Ambiguities
    1:00 - 2:00, Kari Moneyhun
    1. How to Address Disabilities
    2. Essential Accommodations and Modifications
    3. Placement in Least Restrictive Environment
    4. Red Flags to Avoid
  4. 504 Plan Eligibility: What are the Determining Factors?
    2:15 - 3:30, Kari Moneyhun
    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
  5. 504 Plan Reviews and Reevaluations: Legal Best Practices
    3:30 - 4:30, Kari Moneyhun

PROFESSOR TIFFANY L. DOBLER is a faculty member in the special education program at the University of Wyoming. Professor Dobler’s research interests include bullying and students with disabilities, school violence, social and emotional disabilities, special education leadership, and professional preparation and development. Her areas of expertise also include affective needs, learning disabilities, inclusion services, special education law, and Individualized Education Plan (IEP) compliance. Professor Dobler has a wide range of experience both in the classroom, as well as at the administrative level. She has taught both general education and special education. Professor Dobler has worked with a variety of students with special education needs ranging from pre-school to 8th grade. She was a member of the education faculty at Clarke University in Iowa, where she taught in a professional development school and most recently worked at the Wyoming Department of Education, as the Special Programs Division director. This range of experiences has helped Professor Dobler grow and advance her knowledge and skill in the field of special education. She has her undergraduate degree in elementary education from the University of Wyoming. She earned her master’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado and is nearing the completion of her doctorate in special education from the same institution.

KARI MONEYHUN is an attorney with the Lemich Law Center in Rock Springs, Wyoming. Since 2005, Ms. Moneyhun has practiced in the areas of taxation, business law, estate planning and education law. Ms. Moneyhun represents Sweetwater County School District #1 in Rock Springs, Wyoming, where she works with district administrators and staff, including members of IEP and Section 504 Teams, to provide guidance, training, and legal advice in the areas of special education and student and workplace disability. She works with the Board of Trustees to review, revise and draft district-wide policies and procedures to comply with state law, the Wyoming Department of Education rules, and federal regulations. On a special project, Ms. Moneyhun provided support for another Wyoming school district undergoing an Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) review to ensure district compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.  Ms. Moneyhun earned her B.A. degree in political science and her LL.M. in taxation at the University of Washington. She earned her Juris Doctorate degree at Seattle University School of Law.

DR. JACQUE PHILLIPS is an attorney with The Law Office of Dr. Jacque Phillips, Esq. Parents, educators, administrators and attorneys come to Dr. Phillips for accurate and reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities. She has a unique understanding of special education law due to her background as a special education teacher and professor. Dr. Phillips is trained and experienced in mediation and has done extensive presentations and training locally, nationally and internationally. She is formerly a professor at the University of Hawaii and Adams State College, and an adjunct professor at the University of Northern Colorado and the University of Colorado at Denver. Dr. Phillips is the co-author with Randy Chapman of the Litigation Prevention in Special Education Workbook. She earned her B.A. degree in education; her M.A. degree in special education; and her Doctorate in special education (emotional/behavioral disorders) from the University of Northern Colorado. She earned her Juris Doctorate degree at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Dr. Phillips is admitted to the Colorado Bar and is a member of the Colorado Bar Association, the Council for Exceptional Children, the Comparative International Education Society, and the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development.

JACK D. ROBINSON is an attorney and co-founder of the law firm Spies, Powers & Robinson, P.C., where his primary practice area is special education law and educational discrimination. Mr. Robinson has been representing the interests of children with disabilities and their parents for over twenty years; and is a frequent lecturer on the application and construction of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. He has represented clients in numerous due process proceedings, civil actions, and appeals. Mr. Robinson is counsel of record for the student and his parents in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District RE-1, a case in which the United States Supreme Court’s decision in favor of the student greatly expanded the rights of all children with disabilities. Mr. Robinson is the founder of the Colorado Council of Special Education Lawyers and is a former member of the Colorado Special Education Advisory Committee. He earned his B.A. degree at the University of Colorado and his Juris Doctorate degree at the University of Denver College of Law.

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Continuing Legal Education

WY CLE: 12.00 Credit Approval Exp
12/07/2020
The Wyoming State Board of Continuing Legal Education has granted up to 12.0 hours of Continuing Legal Education Credit, including 0.0 hour of ethics. No more than 5.0 hours of self-study credit may be earned during one calendar year.


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