The Special Ed Advocate Newsletter
September 5, 2003

ISSN: 1538-3202
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Alert - Join Pete and Pam Wright in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on September 20, 2003 for a One Day Advocacy Training Program!

This one day training program focuses on four areas; special education law, rights and responsibilities; tests and measurements to measure progress & regression; SMART IEPs; and an introduction to tactics & strategies for effective advocacy.

For more details about what you will learn see agenda below.

Registration Information

Registration fee is $60.00 per individual or $90.00 per couple.

Conference attendance is free to the first 50 teachers who register.

Registrants will receive two books - Wrightslaw: Special Education Law and Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy (value: $59.90). Books may not be available to last minute registrations and walk-ins.

Note: Continuing education credits are available for educators and attorneys (6 hours) for an additional $10.00 processing fee.

Download the flyer designed by PALS from our website.


To open this document, you need Adobe Reader installed in your computer. You can download this free program from the Adobe site at - http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep.html

For more info about this training program, including hotels, directions, and things to do, visit the Pittsburgh, PA conference page.


Questions? For information, please call PALS (412) 963-2833 or email PALSfca@aol.com


Special Education Law

  • Overview of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA '97)
  • Findings and Purposes
  • Definitions
  • ESY, Child Find, LRE, Inclusion, Private Placements, Assessments
  • Evaluations, Re-evaluations, IEPs
  • Procedural Safeguards, Complaints, Notice, Placement in Alternative Educational Setting
  • Section 504 v. IDEA
  • Caselaw
  • IDEA Reauthorization (IDEA 2002)
  • Back to School on Civil Rights
  • No Child Left Behind Act

Tests & Measurements 101

  • Progress & Regression
  • Standard Scores, Subtest Scores, Percentile Ranks
  • How to Chart Test Scores


  • Specific, Measurable, Action Words, Realistic & Relevant
  • Time Limited
  • Strategies for Writing Present Levels of Performance
  • Annual Goals
  • Short-term Objectives & Benchmarks
  • IEP Checklists
  • Recognizing Common IEP Problems

Tactics & Strategies for Effective Advocacy

  • Parent-School Conflict: Why & How to Resolve
  • Obstacles to Successful Advocacy
  • Rules of Adverse Assumptions
  • How to Organize the Child's File
  • How to Use the Comprehensive Evaluation
  • Effective Negotiation Strategies
  • Letter Writing Strategies
  • Letter to the Stranger
  • How to Prepare for School Meetings
  • School Meeting Survival Strategies

For more information about the Pittsburgh training program, including directions, hotels, airline info, please go to:


Wrightslaw: Seminars & Training Programs

To learn when we are scheduled to come to your area, please visit our seminars & schedule page:


Conferences are now being booked for 2004. To learn how you can bring Pete and Pam Wright to your area, please visit our FAQs page at:


What People Are Saying . . .

"Wow! I do advocacy training and got lots of great ideas from your presentation. I may even give that test! The bell curve is powerful. I have taught several people how to do this and they are amazed."

"I want to tell you how much I enjoyed your presentation. I brought two new attorneys who joined my staff - it was enormously helpful to them."

"I want to thank you for the most informative seminar I have ever attended. I learned so much! Thank you for answering so many questions - you answered one of my questions and it helped!"

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Contact Info

Pete and Pam Wright
Wrightslaw & The Special Ed Advocate
P. O. Box 1008
Deltaville, VA 23043
Website: http://www.wrightslaw.com
Email: newsletter@wrightslaw.com

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