Mini-Courses

 


2019 Monday Mini-Courses


Monday, September 23, 2019

8:00 AM
Registration opens
8:00-9:00 AM
Continental Breakfast
9:00-11:00 AM
Morning Mini-Courses
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The Legal and Practical Essentials of Due Process and Mediation
  Jan Tomsky, Attorney at Law, Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost, Oakland, California

IDEA due process hearings are the primary vehicle for resolving disputes between parents and districts concerning the identification, evaluation, placement or the provision of FAPE to students with disabilities. Jan Tomsky will look in-depth at “process of due process” from the filing of the complaint to the actual hearing, with stops along the way to discuss pre-hearing settlement options—specifically mediation, resolution meetings and alternative dispute resolution.

B
Rethinking Challenging Behavior: Making the Neuroscience of Trauma-Informed Practices Actionable in Schools Using the Collaborative Problem Solving Approach®(MGH)
  Rick Bowman, Director of Coaching/Consultation & Doris Bowman, Director of Training/Behavioral Consultant, Bowman Consulting Group LLC, Newberg, Oregon

Description: Relationally based, Collaborative Problem Solving (®Mass General Hospital) views challenging behavior (both externalizing and internalizing) as a learning disability of crucial neurocognitive skills necessary to handle the demands of school and everyday life.

Through a more empathetic and accurate understanding of what is getting in a child/youth’s way, we are better able to intervene to support students who present challenging behavior or demonstrate the impacts of trauma through a collaborative process that simultaneously promotes regulation, builds skills and solves problems.

Overview will include:

  • Comparisons of how CPS more effectively and durably addresses behavior than traditional models
  • Outline of how to assess and plan intervention components of the CPS Model
  • Understanding of Strategies for when a child has difficulty with skills of:
    • Emotional Regulation
    • Cognitive Flexibility
    • Attention & Working Memory
    • Social Thinking
    • Language & Communication
  • Understanding of Process for proactively working with children to build skills for areas of chronic challenges within the neurobiologically supported context of relationship
C
Assistive Technology and Access to Core Standards Rigor – Cool Tools, Selection Guidelines, Legal Issues, and More!
  Mary Schillinger, Educational Consultant/ former Assistant Superintendent of Education, Collaboration for Success, Simi Valley, California

Today’s assistive technology tools are game changers in reducing barriers to learning for students with disabilities! Rigorous State Standards require higher level thinking, finding multiple solutions for real world problems, and collaborative problem solving. Case law emphasizes the need to appropriately challenge students with special needs with appropriately ambitious rigor. Educational assistive technology tools and devices, strategically selected, can be the right tool for meeting these challenges!
This session will provide guidelines for selection of assistive technology tools to support access to the Core Standards. An overview of technology tools that will enhance core concepts and learning skills, and not distract from essential learning targets will be provided. Guidelines, legal issues, decision making rubrics, suggested tools, checklists and important tips will be provided for practitioners, administration, speech/language clinicians, general education teachers and special education staff.

11:00-12:30 PM
Lunch on your own
A12:30-2:30 PM
Afternoon Mini-Courses
D
Section 504 and ADAAA
  Karen A. Haase, Attorney at Law, Principal, KSB School Law, Lincoln, Nebraska

A Cheerleader, Basketball Player, and Prom King Walk Into a 504 Lawsuit…

E
Special Education in the Context of School Reform.  Managing and Maximizing Multiple Demands and Initiatives, While Maintaining Your IDEA Compliance and Sanity!
  Mary Schillinger, Educational Consultant/ former Assistant Superintendent of Education, Collaboration for Success, Simi Valley, California

Balancing the requirements of school reform measures with the legal and practical demands of IDEA can be challenging for both special education and general education administrators and staff.  Selecting evidence based intervention programs, providing effective and sustainable professional development, implementation of LRE options that maximize access to rigorous standards, and meeting the social, emotional, and academic needs of students with disabilities, will all be covered in this in-depth workshop.   Key strategies that have been proven effective in meeting those challenges and promoting student achievement for students with special needs will be shared.

Learn how to meet the demands of school reform, as well as state and federal Special Education compliance mandates without losing your sanity!

F
Truly Trauma-Informed? Assessing Practices and Processes to Ensure Your School/District is “Trauma-Invested” and not just “Trauma-Aware”
  Doris Bowman, Director of Training/Behavioral Consultant, Bowman Consulting Group LLC, Newberg, Oregon and Rick Bowman, Director of Coaching/Consultation

Conducting trauma-informed care training and creating a “calming corner” in classrooms is a good start, but how can schools continue along this journey of meeting the needs of children with trauma histories, and how do we measure that progress?.What does it mean for a school to not only create awareness, but continue to grow in all areas of trauma-informed core principles to become fully “Trauma-Invested” in its practices and processes?

Overview will include:

  • Evaluation of where your school/district is at on a continuum of growth in relation to each of the core principles of being trauma-informed
  • Comparison of how the attributes of traditional school models compare to truly trauma-informed school models
  • Foundational Components that must be in place for a truly trauma-informed system to be solid and sustainable
  • Practical Examples of ways in which schools can shift and grow in each of the core principles of being trauma-informed
2:30 PM
Refreshment Break
2:45-4:45 PM
Late Afternoon Mini-Courses
G
IDEA for Special Education Administrators
  Karen A. Haase, Attorney at Law, Principal, KSB School Law, Lincoln, Nebraska

Don’t Stop, Your Grievin’: Why there’s good job security for special education administrators and school attorneys

H
Restraint. Seclusion and Other Aversive Interventions
  Jan Tomsky, Attorney at Law, Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost, Oakland, California

Although neither the IDEA nor Section 504 explicitly prohibit the use of restraint or seclusion, employing these techniques—or other aversive interventions—to address the behavior of students with disabilities can violate both of these statutes, as well as state law.  In this session, Jan Tomsky reviews judicial and administrative decisions, as well as recent federal guidance, in this controversial and increasingly litigated area of law.

I
Ethics Seminar: Ethics and Professional Responsibility in the Practice of Special Education Law
  Graham Hicks, Attorney at Law, Graham M. Hicks, P.C., Beaverton, Oregon and Diane F. Wiscarson, Attorney at Law, Wiscarson Law, Portland, Oregon

Ethics Seminar: 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.