Monday Mini-Courses for 2017


Monday, September 25, 2017

8:00 AM

Registration opens

8:00-9:00 AM

Continental Breakfast

9:00-11:00 AM

Morning Mini-Courses

Due Process and Mediation: Tips and Tactics for Survival
Eric Hartwig, Recently retired Administrator/Psychologist, Marathon County Special Education, Wausau, Wisconsin

Balancing procedural expectations with positive practice can often times be a daunting task. There are over 850 procedural expectations in the IDEA alone…determining eligibility, creating a functional IEP, addressing issues on school discipline, placement decisions and now deliberate indifference and the list goes on. Dr. Hartwig will share some practice guidelines on how to proactively take charge of the process while providing tips and tactics for survival.
Behavior and Discipline Issues: Legal Requirements Impacting Students With Disabilities
Art Cernosia, Attorney at Law/Education Consultant, Williston, Vermont

This mini-course will provide a comprehensive review of legal requirements under the IDEA and Section 504 regarding behavior and discipline issues for students with disabilities. Topics to be covered include: behavior plans, in-school suspensions, disciplinary removals and manifestation determinations.
Special Education Administrator Boot Camp – – Handling Rigorous Demands and Challenging Issues
Mary Schillinger, Educational Consultant/former Assistant Superintendent of Education, Collaboration for Success, Simi Valley, California

In this challenging time of higher accountability for educational achievement for all students, (as illustrated by the Supreme Court Endrew F. ruling), 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 Administrator can be overwhelming and daunting. Mary Schillinger, former Deputy Superintendent, and Special Education Director, will provide guidance, tips, guidelines, and sage advice for handling the daily tsunami of issues that cross a Special Education Administrator’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, Access to Rigor for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities, 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.
11:00-12:45 PM
Lunch on your own
12:45-2:45 PM
Afternoon Mini-Courses
17 + 1 Classroom Management Principles
Diana Browning Wright, Educational/Behavioral Consultant, DianaBrowningWright INC., Sierra Madre, California

How to get k-12 students to do what you want them to do, keep them on task and successful and how to effectively respond if defiance and disruption occur. Forms and checklists for observations and consulting will be given.
Due Process Hearing Updates
Jan Tomsky, Attorney at Law, Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost, Oakland, California

Join Jan Tomsky as she examines key recent due process hearing decisions from the Pacific Northwest and neighboring states.  You’ll get an overview of how hearing officers and administrative law judges are ruling on issues that affect all special educators, including residential placements, discipline, evaluations, and much more.
Principals Academy: What You Need to Know about Special Education Law
Julie Weatherly, Attorney at Law, owner, Resolutions in Special Education, Inc., Mobile, Alabama

Obviously, as school leaders, public school principals play a vital role in the provision of appropriate services to students with disabilities. This presentation will highlight key things that principals need to know about special education law and will review common “do’s and don’ts” for school principals to consider when leading their schools in the effort to maintain legal compliance and defensible programming for students with disabilities.
2:45 PM
Refreshment Break
3:00-5:00 PM
Late Afternoon Mini-Courses
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.
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.
Hot Topics in Special Education Law
Julie Weatherly, Attorney at Law, owner, Resolutions in Special Education, Inc., Mobile, Alabama

Year after year, the area of special education continues to be a hotbed of litigation, and 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 continue to be common sources of special education legal disputes: Child find obligations in an RTI world; Bullying and Disability Harassment; and Service Animals in Schools.