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Wrightslaw Special Education and Advocacy Conference
with Peter Wright, Esq. and Pamela Darr Wright
San Jose, California, March 19, 2008

Wrightslaw Special Education and Advocacy Conference, a Wrightslaw training program featuring Pete Wright and Pam Wright, is being sponsored by Parents Helping Parents.

The program will be held at:

Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
500 Castro Street
Mountain View, CA 94041

Program Description

One-day special education law and advocacy programs focus on four areas:

  • special education law, rights and responsibilities
  • tests and measurements to measure progress & regression
  • SMART IEPs
  • introduction to tactics & strategies for effective advocacy

Wrightslaw programs are designed to meet the needs of parents, educators, health care providers, advocates and attorneys who represent children with disabilities regarding special education. The program is not disability specific.

Agenda

8:00-9:00 Registration and Coffee
9:00-10:30

Introductions

  • IDEA History and Overview
  • Section 1400 Findings, Purpose
  • Section 1401 Definitions: Special Education, Related Services, LD, etc.
  • Section 1412 Extended School Year, Child Find, Least Restrictive Environment/Mainstreaming/Inclusion, Private Placements, Statewide Assessments
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-12:00
  • Understanding Tests and Measurements, and the Bell Curve, Standard Scores,
    Scale Scores, % ranks, Grade Equivalent, Age Equivalent
  • Section 1414(a) Evaluations and Re-Evaluations
  • Section 1414(d) IEPs, Present Levels of Performance, Goals and Objectives
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:30
  • Section 1415 Prior Written Notice, Procedural Safeguards Notice, Mediation, Due
    Process Hearing, Appeal, Discipline, Age of Majority
  • Section 504, ADA, FERPA
  • NCLB No Child Left Behind
  • Litigation: Special Ed Caselaw
  • S.M.A.R.T. IEPs
  • Special Ed Advocacy for the Parent, Advocate, and Parent’s Attorney
  • Legal, systemic and “school culture” obstacles to compliance with IDEA-04
  • The Parent as the Special Ed Manager and Expert
  • Developing the Master Plan
  • Knowing the Rules of the Game
  • Recognizing and Avoiding the Fatal Obstacles
  • How to Deal with Conflict, a Healthy and Normal event
  • Crisis, Emergency, Help
  • Organization of the Child’s File
2:30-2:45 Break
2:45-4:00
  • Tactics and Strategies
  • Rule of Adverse Assumptions
  • Private Evaluations
  • Paper Trails
  • The Letter to the Stranger
  • 5 Ws + H + E
  • Preparation for Meetings
  • Meeting Strategies
4:00-4:30 Questions and Answers

Registration

Registration Fees
PHP Members
$125
Non-PHP Members
$150
PHP Member Couple (1 set of books)
$225
Non-PHP Member Couple (1 set of books)
$275

Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Registrants will also receive two books, Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition and Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition.

Click here for the registration form.

Register Online

Questions? Please call Parents Helping Parents at (408) 727-5775 or email Jocelyn Penner.

Additional Information: Continuing Education Units and Continuing Legal Education will be offered- the forms will be available at the training. Fee for CEU's or CLE's is $15.00 per participant for 6 hours. CEU/ CLE form and check for $15.00 made out to Parents Helping Parents will be collected at the end of the training.

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

Logistics, Directions, Accommodations

Directions

Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA 94039-7540

From northbound Highway 85: Take the El Camino Real (82) North exit to Mountain View. At the third light, turn right on Castro Street. The Center is on the left at 500 Castro Street (corner of Castro and Mercy streets).

From Interstate 280: Take Highway 85 exit north to Mountain View. From Highway 85 take the El Camino Real (82) North exit to Mountain View. At the third light, turn right on Castro Street. The Center is on the left at 500 Castro Street (corner of Castro and Mercy streets).

From US 101: Take Shoreline Boulevard exit to Downtown Mountain View. Turn left on California Street, then right on Castro Street. The Center is on the right at 500 Castro Street (corner of Castro and Mercy streets).

From Central Expressway: If headed north on Central Expressway, turn left onto Castro Street. If headed south on Central Expressway, turn right onto Castro Street. Continue on Castro Street for several blocks. The Center is on the right at 500 Castro Street (corner of Castro and Mercy streets).

From El Camino Real: If headed north on El Camino Real, turn right onto Castro Street. If headed south on El Camino Real, turn left onto Castro Street. Castro Street is located between Calderon Avenue and Shoreline Boulevard. The Center is on the left at 500 Castro Street (corner of Castro and Mercy streets).

Click here for directions from MapQuest.

Parking

Convenient parking is available free of charge in the Mountain View Civic Center garage located directly under the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. The entrance to the garage is on Mercy Street.

Airports

Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC)
2077 Airport Blvd.
San Jose, CA 95110
Approximately 11 miles from conference location

San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
Highway 101
San Francisco, California 94128
Approximately 26 miles from conference location

Restaurants

There are many wonderful restaurants to choose from in the area.

Accommodations

There are numerous hotels in the area. For a complete list, visit http://hotel-guides.us/california/mountain-view-center-ca-hotels.html.

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