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Pacific Northwest Institute on
Special Education and the Law

Virtual and better than ever: October 12-14, 2020!

The PNWI will be a virtual conference this year. We will miss seeing everyone in person but are excited about the new possibilities.

The 2020 PNWI will feature the same impressive lineup of speakers who are experts in their field and who have made this annual Special Education and the Law conference the best in the region. Speakers will be available live for Q & A after their presentation.

The online format will allow more educators, legal professionals, parents, and other interested persons to attend without the added costs of travel and hotels.

Clock hours and CLE credits may be earned at no additional fee. details

New this year
The on-line format allows registrants to view additional presentations for two weeks after the conference ends:
Mini-Course and Institute registration: twenty-three presentations
Institute only registration: fourteen presentations
Mini-Course only registration: nine presentations
Note: Clock hours and CLEs are only available for those presentations that you watched on the day(s) of the conference.

All times for the conference are in the Pacific Time Zone 

An Annual Overview of Selected Legal Issues Affecting Special Education Administration and Practices

Empirical and practical studies of special education and general education law.

Institute highlights:

  • Pre-Institute Mini-Courses
    Pre-institute mini-courses will provide an in-depth view of special education law applicable in public schools.
  • For Attorneys
    Keep current on legal issues related to special education; connect with school   districts and educators; earn CLE credit hours in ethics
  • Workshops
    Unique workshops will be conducted on current issues in special education.
  • General Sessions
    Respected experts will discuss timely issues during general sessions.

Why register?

  • Learn from special education law experts from around the country
  • Build professional relationships and network with colleagues
  • Stay current on recent legal decisions and interpretations of special education law and litigation
  • Expand your knowledge on emerging legal issues and trends

Who will benefit?

  • Educators
  • School Psychologists
  • Special Education Directors
  • Attorneys
  • Administrative Law Judges
  • Principals
  • Special Education Advocacy Groups
  • Parents
  • Education Administrators

Clock Hours and CLE Credit

Clock Hours: Continuum College at the University of Washington is an approved Washington State Board of Education provider for continuing professional education. The Institute is approved for 9 clock hours (Tuesday and Wednesday presentations) and 6 additional clock hours for Mini-Courses (2 clock hours each) on Monday. 

CLE Credit: The WSBA has approved the PNW Institute on Special Education and the Law  9 credits for attending the Institute and 6 credits for Mini-Courses (2 credits each) including the Ethics Seminar. The same is true for the OSBA. For all other states, you may apply as an individual for CLE credit. The number of CLE credits awarded varies from state to state.

Washington State Association of School Psychologists (WSASP) has approved clock hours for attending the PNW Institute on Special Education and the Law. Two clock hours for each Monday Mini-Course (for up to 6 clock hours) and nine clock hours for attending the Institute on Tuesday and Wednesday. We anticipate that we will be approved for the same number of credits this year.

No additional fees are required to receive the WSBA or OSBA CLEs, Washington State clock hours, or WSASP clock hours. If you wish to earn CLE credits or Clock Hours for other states, please check with your state bar association or state Department of Education or State Association of School Psychologists to see if attendance at this Institute would qualify for credit. You are advised to learn about what state specific procedure should be followed. Upon request, you will be provided a certificate of attendance.