Updated June 12, 2018

2018 Monday Mini-Courses

Monday, October 1, 2018

8:00 AM
Registration opens
8:00-9:00 AM
Continental Breakfast
9:00-11:00 AM
Morning Mini-Courses
Building Sustainability Through Community of Practice
  Diana Browning Wright, PENT Director, Emeritus, and Initiative Leader, Educational/Behavioral Consultant, DianaBrowningWright INC., Sierra Madre, California

Learn the four components necessary for achieving sustainability of any initiative statewide, districtwide or schoolwide through a community of practice development perspective. Participants will receive materials to address MTSS or any other initiative from a community of practice perspective. This presentation will guide development of sustainability prior to beginning a change effort as well as throughout a multi-year change effort.

Special Education Administrators Academy: IDEA
  Jan Tomsky, Attorney at Law, Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost, Oakland, California

Jan Tomsky provides attendees with the essentials of the IDEA, including the legal standards for child find, special education eligibility and what it means to “need” special education. In addition, she’ll discuss compliance with the numerous procedural obligations of the law. The session also covers substantive IEP content requirements, the IDEA’s new Endrew F. standard for educational benefit, appropriate placement in the least restrictive environment and disciplinary removals.

Helping Schools Avoid the Use of Abusive Disciplinary Practices for Even the Most Challenging Students
  Joseph Ryan, Distinguished Professor, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina
 A common complaint among many educators and administrators has been the increased level of challenging behaviors they face from students, ranging from noncompliance to dangerous behaviors. These maladaptive behaviors interfere with students’ learning, disrupt the instructional environment, and pose threats to the safety and well-being of students and educators alike. These increased levels of student misbehaviors coupled with a lack of teacher professional preparation in behavior management has resulted in many schools over reliance upon increasingly harsh and often aversive behavioral interventions for dealing with challenging behavior. These challenges appear to be greatest when dealing with students with disabilities, especially those with emotional and behavioral disorders. A recent report from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights found that students with disabilities are more than twice as likely to be suspended in comparison to individuals without disabilities. The OCR found that during a recent academic year, over 260,000 students were referred to law enforcement, 92,000 students were arrested, 70,000 were physically restrained, and 37,000 students were placed in seclusion. Parents and advocates argue this is an ineffective and brutal way to educate children. This session will help educators and administrators be able to (a) identify both effective and ineffective behavioral interventions, (b) identify target behaviors and the antecedents and consequences that influence these behaviors, and (c) use effective methods to safely manage aggressive students.
11:00-12:30 PM
Lunch on your own
12:30-2:30 PM
Afternoon Mini-Courses
Education Administrators Academy: Section 504 and ADA
  Jan Tomsky, Attorney at Law, Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost, Oakland, California

In this session, highlighting all the need-to-know issues of Section 504 and ADA for special education administrators, Jan Tomsky explores the components of eligibility, the obligation for nondiscrimination in the provision of nonacademic and extracurricular activities, and the components of FAPE under Section 504. In addition, the presentation offers an overview of the ADA’s “effective communication” obligation and how it intersections with the provision of FAPE.

Stemming the Flow of Minorities and Students with Disabilities into the School-to-Prison Pipeline (STPP)
  Joseph Ryan, Distinguished Professor, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina
An alarming trend in this country has been the criminalization of our schoolchildren. While exact numbers are difficult to obtain, approximately 66,000 school-age youth are involved in the juvenile justice system (JJS). Some estimates show that one third of these are students identified with a disability under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This process in which youth are referred to law enforcement by schools is commonly referred to as the School-to-Prison Pipeline (STPP). This session will help school personnel a) understand the underlying causes of the STPP, b) describe the risk factors for this trajectory and its impact on the lives of students with disabilities, public schools, and society c) examine the current issues and trends of the STPP, and d) offer recommendations for school leaders and special educators to help stem the flow of minorities and student with disabilities into the STPP
Digital Citizenship: An Awesome Educational Tool or a Pain in the App?!
  Karen A. Haase, Attorney at Law, Principal, KSB School Law, Lincoln, Nebraska
The power of technology is a double edged sword.  Harnessing it for educational uses, especially for students with disabilities, is an amazingly powerful phenomenon for this generation of students.  However, the technological sophistication of today’s youth means they are quicker at adapting to and learning how to use things like social media. Why don’t junior high kids use Facebook?  Because their parents use it! Technology should be leveraged as a tool for educating students of all kinds, but a necessary and often-neglected component of this technology is the need for digital citizenship education.  In this presentation, Karen Haase will take you through the newest cases and examples of cyberbullying, sexting, predators, and other digital citizenship areas, with a focus on special education and related services in the context of teaching and understanding appropriate social media use.
2:30 PM
Refreshment Break
Late Afternoon Mini-Courses
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.

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

The area of special education continues to be a hotbed of litigation, and there are a number of “hot topics” in this area that are worthy of more detailed discussion. In this session, Julie will cover three “hot topic” areas that continue to be common sources of special education legal disputes every year: Child-find obligations in an RTI world; Bullying and Disability Harassment; and Service Animals in Schools.

Today’s Greatest Hits (and Misses): Due Process Hearing and Resolution Case Review
  Karen Haase, Attorney at Law, Principal, KSB School Law, Lincoln, Nebraska
Back by popular demand, school attorney Karen Haase will give you a Billboard-style review covering the most recent and interesting due process hearing opinions and resolution cases using classic songs and today’s hottest tracks.  Sometimes, the best way to keep yourself out of a school attorney’s presentation is by studying the lessons learned from others in the midst of these disputes. As with any good mixtape review, the idea is to learn a lot, laugh a good deal, and cry only a little.
Core State Standards Access for Special Education Students – Key Success Strategies for Special Education Student Success and IEP Alignment
  Mary Schillinger, Educational Consultant/ former Assistant Superintendent of Education, Collaboration for Success, Simi Valley, California

Core State Standards are challenging and rigorous, requiring higher level thinking skills, knowledge of academic vocabulary and perseverance in working through complex problems – tasks that may prove overwhelming for Special Education students.  Now with the Supreme Court decision (Endrew F.) there is an even more compelling need to provide access to a challenging educational program, for students with the most significant needs as well as special education students with mild to moderate disabilities.   This session will cover many key success strategies for aligning your IEPs to core standards, (including essential standards), as well as specific tools to support Special Education students in access the rigor of those standards.  Find out what the ‘Grid of Success’ is and how it will help you strengthen your programs.  You will leave this presentation with strategies, ideas, checklists, planning templates, and step by step guidance for supporting your students!  Learn several legally tested techniques for IEP development as well as tools, including technology tools that will open up the world of rigor and relevance for your students.