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Special Education Law From A to Z

Audio CD + Course Book

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March, 2018

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78311CDRA

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From Event: Special Education Law From A to Z, held March 2018.

Program Description

The laws governing special education interact in confusing and sometimes contradictory ways, yet it is crucial that schools have a firm understanding of them in order to protect the rights of students and avoid legal difficulties. This comprehensive overview lays out all the legal requirements surrounding IEP development, discipline procedures, due process hearing requirements and more. It also highlights the mistakes other schools have made, so you can ensure your school properly delivers legally appropriate special education services that help students succeed - order today!

Course Content

Day 1

  1. Unravelling Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) Complexities
  2. Evaluation and Eligibility for Special Education Services
  3. Developing and Implementing Defensible IEPs
  4. Fulfilling Critical Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) and Placement Decision Obligations
  5. Essential Components of a 504 Plan

Day 2

  1. Managing Behavioral Issues: Avoiding Critical Mistakes
  2. Discipline and Expulsion Essentials for Special Needs Students
  3. Manifestation Determination Reviews (MDRs)
  4. Bullying and Special Education Students
  5. Special Education Records: Handling Difficult Situations
  6. Due Process Rights: Ensuring Appropriate Practices During Disputes

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Legal Education

Credit Hrs State Credit Approval Expiration
CLE 12.00 CT 03/22/2020
CLE 14.00 NY * 03/22/2020

* denotes specialty credits

Agenda / Content Covered

Presented by Dana A. Jonson

Day 1

  1. Unravelling Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) Complexities
    9:00 - 10:15
    1. Definitions of FAPE: IDEA vs. Section 504
    2. Definitions of Disabilities Under Each Law
    3. What Services and/or Accommodations Must be Provided?
    4. Who is Protected?
    5. Q&A Session
  2. Evaluation and Eligibility for Special Education Services
    10:30 - 11:45
    1. Procedural Safeguards for Parents, Students and Schools
    2. Documenting Parent Input
    3. Evaluations: Timelines, Testing and Best Practices
    4. Defensible Classroom Observations
    5. Determining Eligibility: Need for Services, Adverse Impact, etc.
    6. Q&A Session
  3. Developing and Implementing Defensible IEPs
    12:45 - 2:00
    1. Team Meetings: Ensuring all Members are Present
    2. Components of a Legally Defensible IEP
    3. Implementing IEPs: Monitoring, Documenting and Reporting
    4. Amending IEPs
    5. Q&A Session
  4. Fulfilling Critical Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) and Placement Decision Obligations
    2:15 - 3:30
    1. LRE, Mainstreaming and Inclusion: What Must Schools Provide?
    2. Continuum of Alternate Placements
    3. Placement Decision Requirements
    4. Factors That Can and Cannot be Considered
    5. Changes in Placement: Necessary Procedures and Review
    6. Q&A Session
  5. Essential Components of a 504 Plan
    3:30 - 4:30
    1. How 504 Plans Differ From IEPs
    2. Substantial Limitations and Major Life Activities: What are They?
    3. Curriculum Modification and Specially Modified Instruction
    4. Appropriate Evidence to Support 504 Plan Components
    5. Ensuring 504 Plan Accommodations are Reasonable
    6. Q&A Session

Day 2

  1. Managing Behavioral Issues: Avoiding Critical Mistakes
    9:00 - 10:00
    1. Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBAs): Who Should be Involved?
    2. Creating Useful Behavioral Intervention Plans (BIPs)
    3. Handling Disagreements with Parents
    4. Restraint and Seclusion: Current Legal Perspectives
    5. Q&A Session
  2. Discipline and Expulsion Essentials for Special Needs Students
    10:15 - 11:15
    1. Legal Rules Governing Removal or Expulsion
    2. Providing Services During Disciplinary Removal
    3. Handling Disciplinary Changes in Placement
    4. Multiple Suspensions and Denial of FAPE
    5. Q&A Session
  3. Manifestation Determination Reviews (MDRs)
    11:15 - 12:15
    1. Ensuring Proper Timelines and Procedures for MDRs
    2. Essential Documentation for MDRs
    3. Determining the Cause of Misbehaviors: Disability, Failure to Implement the IEP or Neither?
    4. Proving or Disproving Schools Followed IEPs, FBAs and BIPs
    5. Q&A Session
  4. Bullying and Special Education Students
    1:15 - 2:15
    1. When is Bullying a Denial of FAPE?
    2. Moving Bullied Students to Safer Environments: Legal Considerations
    3. Addressing Bullying Through IEPs and 504 Plans
    4. Legally Appropriate School Policies and Staff Training
    5. Q&A Session
  5. Special Education Records: Handling Difficult Situations
    2:30 - 3:30
    1. What Is and Isn't an Education Record: IDEA, Section 504 and FERPA
    2. Email as Education Records
    3. Who is a Parent and What can They Access? IDEA and FERPA Definitions
    4. Retaining, Amending and Destroying Educational Records
    5. Q&A Session
  6. Due Process Rights: Ensuring Appropriate Practices During Disputes
    3:30 - 4:30
    1. Due Process Overview and Statutes of Limitations
    2. Notice Requirements and Timing Issues
    3. Informal Dispute Resolution: Mediation, Resolution Sessions and Negotiation
    4. How to Prepare for a Due Process Hearing
    5. Appealing Decisions
    6. Q&A Session

DANA A. JONSON is a civil rights attorney in private practice in Connecticut. Her firm, The Law Offices of Dana A. Jonson, LLC, has exclusively represented the civil rights of children with disabilities through the special education process for 15 years. Ms. Jonson represents families from early in the process at PPT meetings through mediation, due process, and litigation in state or federal court if necessary. She offers seminars and workshops locally and nationally to parents regarding their rights and navigating the complex special education process. In addition, she offers seminars and workshops to school district personnel on how they can best meet their obligations. Prior to law school, Ms. Jonson was a special education teacher and administrator in Boston, Massachusetts. She is a graduate of the Northeastern University School of Law where she held internships at the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, and Kotin, Crabtree & Strong, LLP, a law firm that represents children with disabilities through the special education process in Massachusetts. Ms. Jonson also holds a Master of Science degree in education from Simmons College, with a focus on intensive special needs, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Fairfield University. She is currently admitted to the Connecticut State and Federal bars.

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Continuing Legal Education

CT CLE: 12.00 Credit Approval Exp
03/22/2020
Neither the Connecticut Judicial Branch nor the Commission on Minimum Continuing Legal Education approve or accredit CLE providers or activities. It is the opinion of NBI, Inc. that this activity qualifies for up to 12.0 self-study hours toward your annual CLE requirement in Connecticut, including 0.0 self-study hour(s) of ethics/professionalism.


NY CLE: 14.00 Credit Approval Exp
03/22/2020
Includes - Areas of Professional Practice: 14.00
This nontraditional format course has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board for up to 14.0 credit hours. 14.0 hours can be applied to the areas of professional practice requirement and is approved for newly admitted and experienced attorneys. 0.0 hour can be applied toward the ethics and professionalism requirement and is approved for experienced attorneys.


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