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Wrightslaw Special Education Law & Advocacy Boot Camp
with Peter Wright, Esq. and Pamela Darr Wright, MA, MSW

South Charleston, WV, April 16-17, 2013


Registration Closed


This two-day Special Education Law & Advocacy Boot Camp, a Wrightslaw training program with Pete Wright and Pam Wright, is being sponsored by the West Virginia Advocates, Inc.

The program will be held at:

Holiday Inn & Suites Charleston West
400 Second Avenue   
South Charleston, WV 25303


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 Fee Regular
by March 15, 2013
Late Registration Extended to
April 10, 2013
Individual $125 $145
Couple/Two individuals from same household * $175 $195
Professional (includes units/credits) $150 $170

*
Couples receive one set of books.

Click here to register online.
Registration Closed

Download the brochure and registration form.

Registration fee includes continental breakfast, lunch and afternoon refreshments on both days.

Registrants will receive three books, valued at $65 Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition, Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition and Wrightslaw: All About IEPs.

WVA will accept registrations until April 10, 2013 OR until the program is full.

Credits - 1.2 CEUs for Educators, 14.4 CLE's for Attorneys and 12 CEUs for Social Workers have been approved for this conference.

Refunds - Cancellation requests until April 1, 2013 will be honored and will be refunded less a $30 administrative fee. Cancellation requests from April 2 through April 12, 2013 will be honored and will be refunded less a $75 administration fee.

Financial Assistance - Stipend funds are being made available to parents and family members of school age children with developmental disabilities through funds from the West Virginia Developmental Disabilities Council.

Accommodations - If you are a person with a disability and require acommodations, please let us know as soon as possilbe, but no later than April 1, 2013.

Questions? Contact West Virigina Advocates, Inc by telephone 304-346-0847, or by email.

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


Logistics, Directions, Accommodations

Directions

Holiday Inn & Suites Charleston West, 400 Second Avenue SW, South Charleston, WV 25303.

Driving Directions:

From the North:

I-77S/I-79S to I-64 West toward Huntington, go 4 miles to Exit 56-Montrose Drive Exit, go right at light and get into the extreme right lane-bear to the right again, following Cloverleaf which will merge onto 2nd Avenue-go straight and the Ramada will be one block on your left.

From the South:

I-77 North to I-64 West, go 3 miles to Exit 56-Montrose Drive Exit, go right at light and get into the extreme right lane-bear to the right again, following Cloverleaf which will merge onto 2nd Avenue-go straight and the Ramada will be one block on your left.

From the East:

I-64 West towards Huntington, take Exit 56-Montrose Drive Exit, go right at light and get into the extreme right lane-bear to the right again, following Cloverleaf which will merge onto 2nd Avenue-go straight and the Ramada will be one block on your left.

From Yeager Airport:


Take exit to airport and follow road. It will turn into Greenbrier street at intersection, stay right at intersection and follow the signs for downtown Charleston. Take I-77N/I-64West until the two intestates split. Follow I-64, go 3 miles to Exit 56-Montrose Drive Exit, go right at light and get into the extreme right lane-bear to the right again, following Cloverleaf which will merge onto 2nd Avenue-go straight and the Ramada will be one block on your left.


Map at maps.google.com

Parking

Parking is free and available onsite.

Airports

Yeager Airport (CRW)
100 Airport Road
Charleston, WV 25311
(Approximately 9.2 miles to conference location)
Complimentary local area shuttle provided by the hotel.

Huntington Tri State Airport (HTS)
1449 Airport Road
Huntington, WV 27504
(Approximately 58 miles to conference location)

Accommodations

Holiday Inn & Suites Charleston West
400 Second Avenue SW
Charleston, WV 25303
Front Desk (304) 744-4641

The sponsors have secured a reduced room rate of $94 per night. Use the group code WA1 when making your reservations. Cut-off date for special rate is April 1, 2013. Registrants are responsible for handling their own hotel reservations unless approved for a stipend.

For a list of local hotels click here.

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