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Wrightslaw Special Education Law & Advocacy Training
Peter Wright, Esq. and Pamela Darr Wright
Nashua, New Hampshire, April 13-14, 2007

This two-day Special Education Law & Advocacy Training, a Wrightslaw training program with Pete Wright and Pam Wright, is being sponsored by Education-A-Must.

The program will be held at:

Sheraton Nashua Hotel
11 Tara Blvd.
Nashua, NH 03062

Program Description

Participants will learn about changes in IDEA 2004 including:

  • New requirements for initial evaluations, reevaluations & parental consent
  • New requirements for IEPs, IEP goals, IEP teams, IEP meetings
  • New eligibility issues for students with specific learning disabilities
  • New procedural requirements and timelines, including the “Due Process Complaint Notice” and “Resolution (IEP) Session.”

Participants will learn about requirements in No Child Left Behind including:

  • Reading and research based instruction
  • Highly qualified teachers
  • Parental rights and options
  • High stakes testing

Participants will also learn how to:

  • Use tests and measurements to measure progress
  • Write SMART IEPs
  • Use tactics and strategies for effective advocacy
Day 1: Special Education Laws
  • Introductions, Agenda, Pre-test
  • Overview: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA-97) and the Reauthorized IDEA of 2004

IDEA (con’t)

  • Section 1400: Findings & Purposes
  • Section 1401: Definitions
  • Section 1412: “Catchall Statute” – Least Restrictive Environment
  • (LRE), ESY, Notice, Statewide Assessments


  • Measuring Progress: Tests & Measurements & the Bell Curve Demo: How to Chart Test Scores
  • Section 1414: Evaluations, Consent
  • Individualized Educational Programs (IEPs)
  • Section 1415: Procedural Safeguards - Prior Written Notice, Procedural Safeguards Notice, Mediation, Due Process Hearings, Appeal, Discipline
  • Section 504: Discrimination, Retaliation, Damages
  • Review and Homework Assignment
4:00-4:30Questions and Answers
Day 2: SMART IEPs, NCLB, Advocacy Strategies
  • Review: Law, Tests & Measurements, Bell Curve
  • No Child Left Behind: Reading, Research Based Instruction
  • Highly Qualified Teachers
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Parent “Right to Know”


10:45-12:00SMART IEPs (cont'd)
1:00-2:30Advocacy Strategies, Crisis Management
  • Emotions, Conflict
  • Obstacles to Successful Advocacy
  • School Culture
  • Rule of Adverse Assumptions

Advocacy Strategies (con’t)

  • Hazards of Litigation & Outcome Prediction
  • Comprehensive Evaluations
  • Negotiating; Paper Trails & Letters
  • School Meetings: Preparation & Survival Strategies
4:00-4:30Questions and Answers


Registration Fees
Individual Rate
Professional Rate for CLE or CEU Credit

Click here to download the brochure (PDF) and print registration form (PDF).

Click here for online registration. It will take you to the Wrightslaw ShopSite Store, scroll down to the very end of the page.

Your registration includes continental breakfast, buffet lunch, afternoon snack, Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd edition and Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, Second Edition ($50.00 combined retail value).

Questions? Questions should be directed by email to info@education-a-must.com.

Additional Information: This program has been approved by the NHMCLE Board for 12 CLE credits; Continuing Education Units (CEUs) have been approved.

Wrightslaw programs often fill up early - don't miss out! Register today!

Logistics, Directions, Accommodations


Sheraton Nashua Hotel, 11 Tara Blvd., Nashua, NH 03062

Experience a true New England getaway. Located off scenic Route 3 in New Hampshire, the Sheraton Nashua is set on 16 acres of manicured grounds and adjacent to several major high tech corporations.

From Points North and Northwest: From Vermont and/or Northern New Hampshire follow I-89 South. Stay on I-93 South just past Hooksett Toll Booth. Go straight on I-293 through Manchester where it becomes US Rt.3, Everett Turnpike. Follow the Everett Turnpike all the way to Exit 1 (Spit Brook Road). Turn right at bottom of ramp. Hotel is 1/4 mile on right.

From Points West: Mass Pike, (I-90) East to I-290 North/East to I-495 North. Take Rt. 3 North to New Hampshire. Take first NH Exit 1 onto Spit Brook Road and turn left at bottom of ramp. Hotel is 1/4 mile on right.

From Points South: I-495 North to Rt. 3 North (after Lowell) to New Hampshire. Take first NH Exit 1 onto Spit Brook Road and turn left at bottom of ramp. Hotel is 1/4 mile on right.

From Manchester Airport: Leaving airport follow main drive, turn right on Brown Ave. Turn left on I-293 (&101 West). Take Rt. 3 (Everett Turnpike) South to Exit 1 (Spit Brook Road). Turn right at bottom of ramp. Hotel is 1/4 mile on right.

Please click here for directions from MapQuest.


Parking is available on-site free of charge.


Manchester Boston Regional Airport
Approximately 22 miles from conference location.


There are many hotels in the area, including:

Sheraton Nashua Hotel (Conference Location)
11 Tara Blvd.
Nashua, NH 03062

(603) 888-9970
There will be a block of rooms reserved under "Education-A-Must"



There are many restaurants in the area, including two on-site, along with those at Pheasant Lane Mall, which is within 1 mile of the conference location.

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