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Wrightslaw Special Education Law & Advocacy Boot Camp
with Peter Wright, Esq. and Pamela Darr Wright
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, May 11-12, 2007

Ramada Plaza Hotel On-The-SquareSpecial Education Law & Advocacy Training, a Wrightslaw training program with Pete Wright and Pam Wright, is being sponsored by S.A.F.E. (Supporting Autism and Families Everywhere).

The program will be held at:

Ramada Inn

Jefferson and Betsy Ross Rooms

20 Public Square

Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702

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
8:00 - 9:00Registration
9:00 - 10:30Introductions, Agenda, Pre-test; Overview: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Reauthorized IDEA of 2004
10:30 - 10:45 Break
10:45 - 12:00IDEA (cont'd) - Section 1400: Findings & Purposes; Section 1401: Definitions; 1412: "Catchall Statute", Least Restrictive Environment (LRE), ESY, Notice, Statewide Assessments; Review
12:00 - 1:00Lunch
1:00 - 2:30Measuring Progress: Tests & Measurements and the Bell Curve; Demo: How to Chart Test Scores; Section 1414: Evaluations, Consent, Individualized Educational Programs (IEPs)
2:30 - 2:45Break
2:45 - 4:00Section 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
9:00 - 10:30Review:  Law, Tests & Measurements, Bell Curve; No Child Left Behind: Reading, Research Based Instruction, Highly Qualified Teachers, Paraprofessionals, Parent "Right to Know"; SMART IEPs
10:30 - 10:45Break
10:45 - 12:00SMART IEPs (cont'd)
12:00 - 1:00Lunch
1:00 - 2:30Advocacy Strategies: Crisis Management, Emotions, Conflict, Obstacles to Successful Advocacy, School Culture, Rule of Adverse Assumptions
2:30 - 2:45Break
2:45 - 4:00Advocacy Strategies (cont'd): Hazards of Litigation and Outcome Prediction; Comprehensive Evaluations; Negotiating; Paper Trails & Letters; School Meetings: Preparation & Survival Strategies
4:00 - 4:30Questions and Answers

Registration

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

Registration
Fee
Individual/Parent/Professional$100.00

Click here for the brochure and registration form.

Additional Information: 1.2 CEUs have been approved for this conference. CLEs are pending.

Mail your completed registration form to:

S.A.F.E.
237 Old River Road
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702

Questions? Please contact Renee Laiuvara at (570)822-7259, (877) 510-SAFE, (570) 270-6994 (fax) or rlaiuvara@autismsafe.org.

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

Logistics, Directions, Accommodations

Directions

The Ramada Inn, 20 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.

From North
Take I-81 South to Exit 168. At the end of the exit, take a left turn onto Highland Park Blvd. Follow Highland Park Blvd. to Coal Street and continue until you can no longer go straight. Take a left turn on to Wilkes Barre Blvd. and then the first right onto East Market Street; follow this road to Public Square. This is the center of town and the hotel will be a block away and on your right. The entrance to the hotel parking lot is right behind the hotel on North Main Street.

South
Take I-81 North to Exit 168. At the end of the exit, take a left turn onto Highland Park Blvd. Follow Highland Park Blvd. to Coal Street and continue until you can no longer go straight. Take a left turn onto Wilkes Barre Blvd. and then the first right onto East Market Street; follow this road to Public Square. This is the center of town and the hotel will be a block away and on your right. The entrance to the hotel parking lot is right behind the hotel on North Main Street.

East
Take I-80 West to Exit 277 (in Pennsylvania). This is the PA Turnpike Northeast Extension (Rt. 476 North) and you will need to follow it to Exit 105. After exiting the toll booth, make a left hand turn onto 115 North towards Wilkes Barre. Follow it to 309 North and take Exit 2 (Wilkes Barre Center City). Make a left turn at the bottom of the exit ramp onto Wilkes Barre Blvd. At the fifth traffic light, make a right hand turn onto East Market Street and follow it to Public Square. This is the center of town and the hotel will be a block away and on your right. The entrance to the hotel parking lot is right behind the hotel on North Main Street.

West
Take I-80 East to I-81 North. Take I-81 North to Exit 168 At the end of the exit, take a left turn onto Highland Park Blvd. Follow Highland Park Blvd. to Coal Street and continue until you can no longer go straight. Take a left turn onto Wilkes Barre Blvd. and then the first right onto East Market Street; follow this road to Public Square. This is the center of town and the hotel will be a block away and on your right. The entrance to the hotel parking lot is right behind the hotel on North Main Street.

Click here for directions to the Ramada Inn. Click here for directions from MapQuest.

Parking

Parking is available for free at the Ramada Inn - be sure to watch for the signs.

Airports

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport
Approximately 12 miles from the Ramada Inn
100 Terminal Road
Avoca, PA 18641
Phone: 1-877-2-FLYAVP
Fax: 570-602-2010
Email: airport@epix.net
Web: http://www.flyavp.com/2003/directions.htm

Restaurants

There are two restaurants inside of the Ramada Inn.  There are also nearly a dozen other restaurants on the same "strip" as the hotel or on the way to the hotel on Route 315 (within 7 minutes - info available at the front desk of the hotel).  They include: TGI Fridays, Burger King, Mark II, Friendly’s, Dough Company, Taco Bell, McDonald’s, Leggio’s and Long John Silver’s

Accommodations

The following hotels offer a special rate to Wrightslaw conference registrants. Be sure to mention that you are attending the Wrightslaw program when you make your registration.

Ramada Inn

Conference Hotel

20 Public Square

Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702

Phone: (570) 824-7100
Fax: (570) 823-6699

Best Western Genetti Hotel

1 block away from Conference Hotel

77 East Market Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701

Phone: (800)833-6152 or

(570) 823-6152

Days Inn

4 miles from Conference Hotel
760 Kidder Street
Wilkes-Barre, Pa 18702

Phone: (570) 826-0111

 

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