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Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Boot Camp
with Pete and Pam Wright

Travis Air Force Base, CA
(midway between San Franciso and Sacramento)

November 16-17, 2010

Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Boot Camp, a Wrightslaw training program featuring Pete and Pam Wright, is being sponsored by the NCOIC Airman & Family Readiness Center at the Travis Air Force Base located in California.

Registration is FREE and open only to military parents and staff.

The program will be held at:

Courtyard by Marriott
1350 Holiday Lane
Fairfield, CA
94534

Program Description

Participants will learn about IDEA 2004 and the Dept. of Defense Instruction (DoDI) # 1342 including:

  • Requirements for initial evaluations, reevaluations & parental consent
  • Requirements for IEPs, IEP goals, IEP teams, IEP meetings and "comparable IEPs" upon transfer to a new school district
  • Eligibility issues (and RTI) for students with specific learning disabilities
  • 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
9:00-10:30
  • Introductions, Agenda, Pre-test
  • Overview: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004)
  • Section 1400: Findings & Purposes
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-12:00
  • Section 1401: Definitions
  • Section 1412: “Catchall Statute” – Least Restrictive Environment
  • (LRE), ESY, Notice, Statewide Assessments

12:00-1:00 Lunch
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)
  • Comparable IEPs
  • Section 1415: Procedural Safeguards - Prior Written Notice, Procedural Safeguards Notice, Mediation, Due Process Hearings, Appeal, Discipline
2:30-3:00 Questions and Answers
Day 2: Section 504, NCLB, SMART IEPs, Advocacy Strategies
9:00-10:30
  • IDEA 2004 + DoDI 1342 - Compare and contrast
  • Section 504: Discrimination, Retaliation, Damages
  • Review: Law, Tests & Measurements, Bell Curve
  • No Child Left Behind: Reading, Research Based Instruction
  • Highly Qualified Teachers
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Parent “Right to Know”

10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-12:00 SMART IEPs + issues about "Comparable IEPs" and Interstate Compact
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:30 Advocacy Strategies, Crisis Management
  • Emotions, Conflict
  • Obstacles to Successful Advocacy
  • School Culture
  • Rule of Adverse Assumptions
  • Hazards of Litigation & Outcome Prediction
  • Comprehensive Evaluations
  • Negotiating; Paper Trails & Letters
  • School Meetings: Preparation & Survival Strategies
2:30-3:00 Questions and Answers


Registration Timelines and Information

Registration is FREE and open only to military parents and staff, such as EFMP's, SLO's and related service providers.

Travis AFB Parents and Staff Only Registration is open now!
USAF parents and staff Registration opens on Friday, October 8, 2010
Open to All Military Registration opens on October 15, 2010

Note: Registrants must use their military email address when registering. To gain admission, you must bring your military ID card with you to the conference.

Caution: The registration software cannot differentiate whether you are a Travis parent/staff or USAF or other. If you register prior to your eligible date, a human being will bounce your registration. There are only 100 slots, so please wait to register until your window opens. To register, click here, then click on the "Sign up for a Class" link on the right, then, on "Class Locator" scroll down to the Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Boot Camp.

The registration "fee" includes snacks (lunch on your own) and three books and two CD-ROMs: Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition, Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition, Wrightslaw: All About IEPs, Understanding Your Child's Test Scores CD-Rom and Legal Requirements of IEP's CD-Rom.

Download and distribute the conference flyer.


Questions? Contact name, phone and email address will be provided later.



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