9:00-11:00 AM

A Mediation and Dispute Resolution under IDEA
Carlos Chavez, Attorney at Law, Pacifica Law Group, Seattle, Washington
B Protecting Students with Disabilities under Section 504
Dave Richards, Attorney at Law, Richards Lindsay & Martin, LLP, Austin, Texas

This lively session by veteran school lawyer Dave Richards will examine both the Section 504 obligations to provide a FAPE to disabled students (including how to use evaluation data to determine appropriate services for the 504 Plan), as well as the nondiscrimination protections extended by the law to both Section 504 and IDEA-eligible students. Dave will discuss OCR and federal court expectations for compliance as well as best practices. Questions are encouraged.

C Transition and Enhancing Post-Secondary Success
Vincent Varrassi, Varrassi Educational Associates, Ho Ho Kurs, New Jersey
D Common Core and Special Education- Supporting Special Education Student Success in the Rigor of 21st Century Core Standards
Mary Schillinger, Assistant Superintendent, Las Virgenes Unified School District, Calabasas, California

Common Core State Standards and instructional shifts represent new challenges and opportunities and accountability for Special Education students. Mary Schillinger, Assistant Superintendent, special education practitioner, and author of the new publications; Common Core and the Special Education Student: Your Guide to Instructional Shifts and Implementing Services and Supports, and Successfully Implementing Core Standards for Students with Disabilities; A Professional Development Guide, will present strategies and guidelines for success for Special Education students in the rigorous core standards. An overview of the instructional and support structures for special education students, as well as specific strategies, checklists, sample 21st Century core Standards aligned IEP goals, and more will be presented.Information related to the identification of learning targets in the Core Standards will show you how to align all portions of IEP development including; goals, supports, placement, and services. User friendly technology integration tools as well as specific strategic tools for academic support will show you how to maintain content rigor while accommodating the unique needs of your special education learners. Techniques for the alignment of functional skills curriculum to the Common Core will also be shared. You will leave this workshop filled with ideas, a needs assessment tool, sample professional development agendas, as well as ready to use forms and specific learning strategies.


Lunch on your own


E Hot Topics in Special Education Law
Julie Weatherly, Attorney at Law/Owner, Resolutions in Special Education, Inc., Mobile, Alabama

What a litigious time it is in the area of special education under both IDEA and Section 504! There are a number of “hot topics” in special education law worthy of more detailed discussion. This session will cover several “hot topic” areas that are currently the source of special education legal disputes and apparently increasing litigation.

F IEP and Section 504 Plan Fundamentals
Jose Martin, Attorney at Law, Richards Lindsay & Martin, LLP, Austin, Texas
G Role of the Special Education Director – Handling Rigorous Demands and Challenging Issues
Mary Schillinger, Assistant Superintendent, Las Virgenes Unified School District, Calabasas, California

In this challenging time of higher accountability for educational achievement for all students, rigorous 21st Century Core Standards, increased litigation challenges, and the ongoing issues of hiring and retaining highly qualified special education staff, the role of Special Education Director can be overwhelming and daunting.  Mary Schillinger, Assistant Superintendent and former Special Education Director will provide guidance, tips, guidelines, and sage advice for handling the daily tsunami of issues that cross a Special Education Director’s desk.  Author of Special Education publications in the areas of; Comprehensive programs for students with Autism, Special Education Compliance and Documentation, Supporting Special Education student success in the Common Core, as well as a professional development guide for accessing the rigor of Common Core, Mary will provide strategies, guidelines, checklists, and helpful hints to help you stay focused on the priorities for your district program.  From maintaining compliance, making critical decisions relating to litigation, to planning the professional development necessary to prepare staff for ensuring Special Education student achievement in the rigor of the core state standards, you will walk away from this session with a renewed ability to strategically identify gaps and plan for the needed professional development in your district.  Critical information shared with humor and practical solutions will be the focus for this session.

3:00-5:00 PM

H Documentation Under the IDEA—How Much is Enough?
Art Cernosia, Attorney at Law/Education Consultant, Williston, Vermont

The last reauthorization of the IDEA included a goal to reduce unnecessary paperwork. This session will address whether that goal was achieved and what documentation is legally required to comply with the IDEA. The session will also include best practice recommendations. Areas to be covered include documenting referrals for evaluation, eligibility decisions, IEP services and placement, IEP progress reports, disciplinary actions and procedural safeguards

I RTI and Special Education Law
Jose Martin, Attorney at Law, Richards Lindsay & Martin, LLP, Austin, Texas
J Legal Issues in Transition to Post-Secondary Education
Jeanne Kincaid, Attorney at Law, Drummond Woodsum, Portsmouth, New Hampshire
K Ethics Seminar: Ethics and Professional Responsibility in the Practice of Special Education Law
Diane Wiscarson, Attorney at Law, Wiscarson Law, Portland, Oregon and Graham Hicks, Attorney at Law, Graham M. Hicks, P.C., Beaverton, Oregon

An interactive ethics seminar specially designed for attorneys to meet State Bar Association CLE program standards; includes problems and hypotheticals with ethical considerations based on real life school law practice; issue identification, participant discussion; and recommended professional practices.