Audio CD + Course Book

Pennsylvania Special Education Law

Audio CD + Course Book

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April, 2018

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From Event: Pennsylvania Special Education Law, held April 2018.

Program Description

With increasing numbers of students qualifying for special education services, professionals working with special needs children know that an understanding of special education law is crucial. You need to know the law in order to deal with complex questions that arise on a regular basis. Who pays when a special needs child is placed in private schooling at the parents' election? How can a school create the least restrictive environment and promote inclusion to the best interests of all students? It can be costly if you don't know. Order today!

Course Content

  1. Establishing the Framework of Special Education Law
  2. Section 504 Plan Documentation: What You Need to Know
  3. Unraveling the Requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
  4. Successfully Handling Disciplinary Actions for Special Needs Students
  5. Ensuring Successful Due Process Procedures
  6. Protecting the Rights of Children with Special Needs

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Legal Education

Credit Hrs State Credit Approval Expiration
CLE 7.20 NJ 11/15/2018
CLE 7.00 NY * 04/19/2020
CLE 6.00 PA 04/19/2020

* denotes specialty credits

Agenda / Content Covered

    9:00 - 9:30, Erin D. Gilsbach
    1. Overview of Laws That Govern Special Education
    2. Summary of Recent Developments in Special Education Law
    3. Relevant Case Law
    9:30 - 10:30, Erin D. Gilsbach
    1. Review of Section 504
    2. Determining When an Evaluation is Necessary
    3. Information Required to Document a Disability
    4. Americans With Disabilities Act and 504 Plan Eligibility
    5. Proper Notice of Evaluation and Placement
    6. 504 Plan Do's and Don'ts: With Examples
    10:45 - 11:30, Dr. William Martin Sloan (Lecture)
    11:30 - 12:10 (Workshop)
    1. What are Early Intervention Programs?
    2. Defining State and Local Eligibility for Services
    3. Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)
    4. Conducting Evaluations and Re-Evaluations of Students with Special Needs
    5. The Role of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) and the IEP Team
    6. Availability of Personnel Who Know How to Meet the Needs of Disabled Students
    7. Specific Issues About Exceptional Needs Children Enrolled in Private Schools
    8. How, When, and Why Reauthorization Occurs
    1:10 - 2:10, Dr. William Martin Sloane
    1. Providing Services During Disciplinary Removal
    2. Defining Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBAs)
    3. What are Behavioral Intervention Plans?
    4. How Manifestation Determination Reviews Apply
    5. Protections for Children Not Yet Eligible for Special Education and Related Services
    6. Changes in Placement
      1. Suspensions and the Ten-Day Rule
      2. Legal Rules Governing Removal or Expulsion
      3. Interim Alternative Educational Settings
    7. Other Available Remedies
    8. "Stay Put" Placement During Pendency of Due Process
    9. Expedited Due Process Hearings
    2:10 - 3:10, Timothy E. Gilsbach
    1. Actions to Take Upon Receipt of Request for Impartial Hearing
    2. Complying With Notice Requirements
    3. Examining Essential Timing Issues
    4. Providing for the Option of Mediation
    5. How to Prepare for a Due Process Hearing
    6. Crucial Elements in an Impartial Due Process Hearing
    7. When De Novo Reviews Apply
    8. Effective Ways to Avoid Due Process Litigation
    3:25 - 4:30, Timothy E. Gilsbach
    1. Promoting Parent Awareness of Legal Rights and Recourse for Their Child
    2. Understanding Placement Issues
      1. Least Restrictive Environment and Inclusion
      2. Requirements for Unilateral Placements by Parents Seeking Public Payment
      3. Compensatory Education
    3. Preventing Disability Bullying and Harassment in the Schools
    4. Protecting Confidentiality of Information
    5. Special Education Damages Liability (Including Section 1983 Liability)
    6. Using the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) to Ensure Compliance

ERIN D. GILSBACH is an attorney with the Pennsylvania based law firm of King, Spry, Herman, Freund & Faul, LLC, and the director of professional and policy development of the Greyfriars Institute, a nonprofit affiliate entity dedicated to providing quality professional education in the area of school law to educators and school leaders. Prior to joining King, Spry, Herman, Freund & Faul, she was a public high school teacher who then served for more than two years in the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Office of Chief Counsel. In her practice, Ms. Gilsbach emphasizes a proactive approach to legal defensibility for schools by helping them better understand the law and create legally-defensible procedures, administrative regulations, and board policies. Voted in Super Lawyers and Philadelphia magazines by her colleagues as a Rising Star attorney for the past five years, Ms. Gilsbach currently serves as president-elect of the PSBA Solicitors Association. She has written articles on school law issues for numerous state and national education publications, and she recently served as legal editor for a legal handbook for school nurses. Ms. Gilsbach continues to have a passion for teaching, and she currently devotes most of her time to providing professional education in the area of school law to school leaders in public schools, presenting as a guest-lecturer for education doctoral programs, and speaking at state and national conferences, including the National School Boards Association, the Pennsylvania School Boards Association, the NSBA Council of School Attorneys, National Business Institute, the Education Law Association, and LRP's National Institute.

TIMOTHY E. GILSBACH is an attorney with King, Spry, Herman, Freund & Faul, LLC, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He is a member of the firm's education group, concentrating his practice in the area of special education. Mr. Gilsbach defends school districts, intermediate units, and charter schools in all phases of special education litigation, from state level administrative hearings to federal court appeals. He also advises clients on a wide variety of other educational law issues, including the handling of student records. He is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University's Dickinson School of Law and Messiah College.

DR. WILLIAM MARTIN SLOANE is an attorney in Maryland and Pennsylvania and former democratic chief counsel and compliance and ethics director of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He serves as pro-chancellor of International University for Graduate Studies and a senior vice president of Charisma University. Dr. Sloane has taught education/school law at Shippensburg, Temple, and Widener universities. He is a graduate of York College of Pennsylvania (B.A.), Atlantic University (M.A.), Liberty University (M.A.R.), Universidad San Juan de la Cruz (M.B.A.), Alliance International University (D.B.A.), Charisma University (Ed.D.), Widener University (J.D.), Temple University (LL.M. (labor)), American Christian College and Seminary (Ph.D. in religion), and International University for Graduate Studies (D.C.L.). He is board certified in professional counseling (ABPC) and in clinical supervision (ACC); he chairs the American College of Counselors and is past chair of the American Board of Forensic Counselors.

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Accreditation Details:

Continuing Legal Education

NJ CLE: 7.20 Credit Approval Exp
This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 7.2 hours of alternative format CLE credit. Of these, 0.0 qualify as hours of alternative learning format credit for ethics/professionalism. No more than 12.0 hours of alternative learning format CLE credit may be earned during a reporting period.

NY CLE: 7.00 Credit Approval Exp
Includes - Areas of Professional Practice: 7.00
This nontraditional format course has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board for up to 7.0 credit hours. 7.0 hours can be applied to the areas of professional practice requirement and is approved for newly admitted and experienced attorneys.

PA CLE: 6.00 Credit Approval Exp
This program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board. This program may qualify for up to 6.0 hours of distance learning credit, including 6.0 hours of substantive law, practice and procedure CLE credit and 0.0 hour of ethics, professionalism or substance abuse distance learning CLE credit. No more than 6.0 hours of distance learning CLE credit may be earned during a reporting period.

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