Audio CD + Course Book

Special Education Law From A to Z

Audio CD + Course Book

Copyright Date:

February, 2018

Product ID#:

78314CDRA

Audio + Course Book

Credit Information

Continuing Legal Education

  • NC CLE - 12.00
From Event: Special Education Law From A to Z, held February 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. Due Process Rights: Ensuring Appropriate Practices During Disputes

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Legal Education – CLE: 12.00 NC - Credit Approval Expiration 12/31/2019


* denotes specialty credits

Agenda / Content Covered

Day 1

  1. Unravelling Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) Complexities
    9:00 - 10:15, Chesseley Robinson
    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, Chesseley Robinson
    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
    11:45 - 1:00, Chesseley Robinson
    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
    2:00 - 3:15, Chesseley Robinson
    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, Chesseley Robinson
    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 - 10:15, Ann M. Paradis
    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
    10:30 - 11:45, Stephon J. Bowens
    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)
    11:45 - 1:00, Ann M. Paradis
    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
    2:00 - 3:15, Chesseley Robinson
    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. Due Process Rights: Ensuring Appropriate Practices During Disputes
    3:30 - 4:30, Stephon J. Bowens
    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

STEPHON J. BOWENS is the managing attorney of Bowens Law Group, PLLC, where his primary focus is education law related matters. The firm represents students with special needs who have been denied a Free Appropriate Public Education, as well as students adversely affected by improper disciplinary proceedings within traditional public schools. The firm has been instrumental in the development and representation of public charter schools in North Carolina. Mr. Bowens is licensed to practice in the state and federal courts of North Carolina and federal courts of Washington, D.C. He has appeared and argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the District of Columbia Circuit, as well as the North Carolina Court of Appeals. He is a former member of the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Law Section Council of the North Carolina Bar Association. Mr. Bowens also is a contributor to and editor of the seventh edition of Ten Ways To Save Your Land, a book designed to assist laypersons with the protection of their greatest asset, their land. He is an editor and contributor to A Parent's Guide to Public School Discipline, and handbook for parents regarding their right to participate in the education and disciplinary proceedings of their children in the public schools. Mr. Bowens earned his B.A. degree from North Carolina State University and his J.D. degree from North Carolina Central University School of Law. He is an education policy fellow with the Institute for Educational Leadership.

ANN M. PARADIS is a sole practitioner in Cary who has a broad and extensive background providing services, including legal services, to low income individuals, elderly persons, students, children and their families, and people with disabilities, including mental disabilities. Ms. Paradis believes that every person needs to be listened to and understood. She is admitted to the state courts in North Carolina and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Ms. Paradis has worked for legal service and legal aid organizations in Massachusetts and North Carolina. She also has worked in private practice in Johnston County and Wake County. Ms. Paradis is a member of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, the North Carolina Bar Association, and the Council of Parents, Attorneys and Advocates. She earned her B.A. degree from the University of Massachusetts - Amhurst and her J.D. degree from Western New England College.

CHESSELEY ROBINSON is an attorney with the Law Office of Ann M. Paradis. Mr. Robinson is a barred attorney in the District of Columbia and has practiced educational law for the past 13 years. He has conducted in excess of 100 due-process hearings under IDEA 1997/IDEIA 2004 in the District of Columbia. He also worked as defense counsel for juvenile delinquents and status offenders in the District of Columbia from 2009 until 2014. Mr. Robinson was a hearing officer for Guilford County Public Schools from 2006 until 2009, a hearing officer for the Employment Security Commission of North Carolina from 2005 until 2006, and served as a legislative intern for the Judiciary Committee in the summer of 2002 under the supervision of Ted Calo in the Honorable John Conyer’s office. Mr. Robinson taught criminal law and procedure and legal ethics at both Southeastern University (2003-2005) and Bowie State University (2004). Prior to attending law school, he was a teacher and student mentor part time at Bonner Academy, a program for troubled and/or disadvantaged teens. Mr. Robinson earned his B.A. degree from North Carolina State University. He earned his J.D. degree, cum laude, from the University of the District of Columbia-David A. Clarke School of Law.

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Continuing Legal Education

NC CLE: 12.00 Credit Approval Exp
12/31/2019
NBI, Inc. is an accredited sponsor with the North Carolina State Board of Continuing Legal Education. Attendance of this program may qualify for up to 12.0 hours of online CLE credit, including 0.0 ethics. No more than 6.0 hours of online CLE credit may be earned during a reporting period.


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