Home  > Seminars & Training > Wrightslaw Special Education Law & Advocacy Boot Camp, Portland, ME (April 30 - May 1, 2010)

The Special Ed Advocate
It's Unique ... and Free!

Enter your email address below:

 

2014 - 2015 Training Programs

Oct 30 - Phoenix, AZ

Nov. 1 - Grand Rapids, MI

Nov 6 - McAllen, TX

Nov 18 - DesMoines, IA

Nov 21 - Temecula, CA

Dec 4 - OKC, OK

Full Schedule

Be a Hero ...

 Jason at Ft. Benning
... to a Hero
Learn more

Wrightslaw

Home
Topics from A-Z
Free Newsletter
Seminars & Training
Consultations
Yellow Pages for Kids
Press Room
FAQs
Sitemap

Books & Training

Wrightslaw Books & DVDs
Wrightslaw Storesecure store lock
  Advocate's Store
  Student Bookstore
  Exam Copies
Training Center
Bulk Discounts
New! Military Discounts
Mail & Fax Orders

Advocacy Library

Articles
Doing Your Homework
Ask the Advocate
FAQs
Newsletter Archives
Summer School Series
Success Stories
Tips

Law Library

Articles
Caselaw
IDEA 2004
No Child Left Behind
McKinney-Vento Homeless
FERPA
Section 504
Fed Court Complaints

Topics

Advocacy
ADD/ADHD
Allergy/Anaphylaxis
Assistive Technology
Autism Spectrum
Behavior & Discipline
Bullying
College/Continuing Ed
Damages
Discrimination
Due Process
Early Intervention (Part C)
Eligibility
ESY
Evaluations
FAPE
Flyers
Future Planning
Harassment
High-Stakes Tests
Homeless Children
IDEA 2004
Identification & Child Find
IEPs
ISEA
Juvenile Justice
Law School & Clinics
Letters & Paper Trails
LRE/Inclusion
Mediation
Military / DOD
No Child Left Behind
NCLB Directories
NCLB Law & Regs
Parental Protections
PE and Adapted PE
Privacy & Records
Procedural Safeguards
Progress Monitoring
Reading
Related Services
Research Based Instruction
Response to Intervention (RTI)
Restraints/Abuse
Retention
Retaliation
School Report Cards
Section 504
Self-Advocacy
Teachers & Principals
Transition
Twice Exceptional (2e)
VA Special Education

Resources & Directories

Advocate's Bookstore
Advocacy Resources
Directories
  Disability Groups
  International
  State DOEs
  State PTIs
Free Flyers
Free Pubs
Free Newsletters
Legal & Advocacy
Glossaries
   Legal Terms
   Assessment Terms
Best School Websites

 
Wrightslaw Special Education Law & Advocacy Boot Camp
with
Peter Wright, Esq. and Pamela Darr Wright
Portland, Maine , April 30 - May 1, 2010

This two-day Special Education Law & Advocacy Boot Camp, a Wrightslaw training program with Pete Wright and Pam Wright, is being sponsored by the Maine Parent Federation, LDA of Maine and Southern Maine Parent Awareness.


The program will be held at:

Keeley the Katerer
178 Warren Avenue
Portland, ME 04103

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
8:00-9:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00-10:30
  • Introductions, Agenda, Pre-test
  • Overview: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA-97) and the Reauthorized IDEA of 2004
10:30-10:45Break
10:45-12:00

IDEA (con’t)

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

Review

12:00-1:00Lunch
1:00-2:30
  • Measuring Progress: Tests & Measurements & the Bell Curve Demo: How to Chart Test Scores
  • Section 1414: Evaluations, Consent
  • Individualized Educational Programs (IEPs)
2:30-2:45Break
2:45-4:00
  • 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
9:00-10:30
  • Review: 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
2:45-4:00

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

Registration Fees
On or before
April 1, 2010
After April 1, 2010
Individual
$105
$125
Couples *
$155
$175
Professional**
$155
$175

*Couples receive one set of books.

** Additional person(s) from same agency $90.

Download
the printable registration form.


Download the conference brochure.

Click here to register online.

Your registration includes continental breakfast and lunch, break refreshments, Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition, Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, Second Edition and Wrightslaw: All About IEPs ($63.00 combined retail value). Participants will also receive a copy of Chapter 101: Maine Unified Special Education Regulation Birth to Age Twenty.

Registration ends April 26, 2010.

Credits: CLE's (continuing legal education) have been approved by the Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar for 12 credits. CEU's and GAL's have also been approved for this conference.

Scholarships: P3 is offering partial scholarships for parents, primary caregivers and families who live in Maine on a first come, first serve basis.

Questions? For more information, visit http://www.mpf.org, call MPF at (800) 870-7746 or by email to psteeves@mpf.org.

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


Logistics, Directions, Accommodations

Directions

Keeley the Katerer, 178 Warren Avenue, Portland, ME 04103.

From Maine Turpike I-95: Traveling north or south, take Exit 48. Turn right onto Riverside Street. At second light, turn right onto Warren Avenue. You'll find Keeley's one mile down on the right.

From I-295: Traveling north or south, take Exit 6B. Follow Forest Avenue north for 2.5 miles. You'll see McDonald's on your left. At the next light, turn left onto Warren Avenue. You'll find Keeley's 1/4 mile down on the left.

Click here for directions from MapQuest.

Parking

Parking is free and available onsite.

Airports

The Portland International Jetport

Airport is approximately 4.6 miles from the conference location.

Accommodations

Verrillo's/Howard Johnsons
155 Riverside Street
Portland, ME 04103
207-774-5861

Holiday Inn - Portland West
81 Riverside Street
Portland, ME 04103
207-774-5601

Comfort Inn Airport
90 Main Mall Road
South Portland, ME 04106
207-775-0409


 

To Top

To Wrightslaw Seminars & Training


Maine Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities

We built the Maine Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities so people can get reliable information and support.

The State Yellow Pages has many useful resources - evaluators, educational consultants, academic tutors, support groups, grassroots organizations, advocates, attorneys and others who help parents get services for their children.

If you provide a service, sign up to be listed on the Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities - this is a free service from Wrightslaw.

Yellow pages image