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The Special Ed Advocate Newsletter
September 17, 2003


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Registration Info for North Carolina

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Alert - Join Pete and Pam on the Mid-Atlantic March (September 20-26)

Please join Pete and Pam on the Mid-Atlantic March. Wrightslaw training programs focus on four areas: special education laws, rights & responsibilities; how to use the bell curve to measure progress & regression; SMART IEPs; and tactics & strategies for effective advocacy.

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


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 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.

http://www.wrightslaw.com/flyers/03.09.pa.pdf

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.

http://www.wrightslaw.com/speak/03.09.pa.htm

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


Annandale, Virginia Registration Information

Registration fee is $85.00.

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: This program is not disability specific and has been approved for 6 CLE credits.

Download the conference brochure and registration form at:

http://www.wrightslaw.com/flyers/03.09.va.pdf

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 Virginia conference page.

http://www.wrightslaw.com/speak/03.09.va.htm

Questions? For information, please call (800) 649-8481 or E-mail: information@autismva.org


Charlotte, North Carolina Registration Information

Registration fee for parents $140.00 per attendee & Professionals $160.00 per attendee.

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.

Download the conference brochure and registration information at:

http://www.solutionsofhky.com/symposium2.htm

For more information about this program, including hotels, directions, and things to do, visit the Charlotte conference page.

http://www.wrightslaw.com/speak/03.09.nc.htm

Questions? For information, please call (828) 328-4313 or E-mail: info@solutionsofhky.com


Agenda

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

SMART IEPs

  • 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 information about the Virginia Advocacy Training program, including directions, hotels, airline info, please go to:

http://www.wrightslaw.com/speak/03.09.va.htm

For information about the Charlotte, North Carolina Advocacy Training program, including directions, hotels, airline info, please go to:

http://www.wrightslaw.com/speak/03.09.nc.htm


Wrightslaw: Seminars & Training Programs

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

http://www.wrightslaw.com/speak/index.htm

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:

http://www.wrightslaw.com/speak/faqs.htm


What People Are Saying . . .

"Your boot camp was the most useful CLE I've ever attended. CLEs are notoriously boring and unpleasant. Your program was neither and I learned a lot, even as an experienced practitioner in the field." - Rob Mead, KU Wheat Law Library

"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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