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Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference
with Pete Wright, Esq.

Edinburg, TX


Friday, March 4, 2016

SOLD OUT - No Space, No Walk-ins! Parking Permit Required!

* * You must have a campus map, click here,
and also the
parking permit, click here, must be displayed on your dash. * *


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Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference
, a Wrightslaw training program featuring Pete Wright, Esq.,
is being sponsored by TeamMario.


The program will be held at:

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Department of Human Development and School Services
Engineering Building, Room 1300
1201 West University Drive
Edinburg, TX 78539

Note: Download, print, and bring with you both the Campus Map, click here and also the Parking Permit, click here.

Enter Parking Lot F1 from Fifth Street (far right side of map) as if you are headed toward the Gymnasium, which will be on your right as you walk to the Engineering Building. Room 1300 is on your right as soon as you enter the building. You must have the Parking Permit displayed on your dash.


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 Continental Breakfast
9:00-10:30

Introductions

  • IDEA History, Book Overview, US Supreme Ct Cases
  • Section 1400 Findings, Purpose
  • Section 1401 Definitions: Disability, Special Education, Related Services, LD, etc.
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-12:00
  • Section 1412 Extended School Year, Child Find, Least Restrictive, Private Placements
  • Understanding Tests and Measurements, and the Bell Curve, Standard Scores, Scale Scores, % ranks, Grade Equivalent, Age Equivalent, Determining progress v. regression using Bar Graphs
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:30
  • Section 1414 Evaluations and IEPs
  • Section 1415 Due Process, Rules of Procedure, Discipline
  • Section 504, ADA, FERPA, ESSA
  • Charter Schools, Food Allergies, Anaphylaxis, Epi-Pens
  • Recent Cases - IDEA, 504 and ADA
  • USDOJ cases and OCR rulings
  • Legal, systemic and “school culture” obstacles to compliance with IDEA-04
  • Litigation: Special Ed Caselaw

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
  • SMART IEPs
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 Fee Regular
Parent $50
Professional (includes credits/units) $100

Conference fee includes Continental Breakfast, Boxed Lunch, Wrightslaw Pen/Highlighter and three books Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition, Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition and Wrightslaw: All About IEPs.

Click here to register online.

Download and share the conference flyer.

Credits: 6.0 CLEs (continuing legal credits) have been approved for this conference. 0.6 CEUs (continuing education units) have been approved for this conference. The CEU units are provided by the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Education. They provide both graduate credit for practicing teachers and CEU's for a variety of professionals who need to document their professional development hours.

Scholarships: No scholarships are available for this conference.

Refund Policy: No refunds are available. Subsitutions are allowed.

Accommodations: Please contact TEAM MARIO via email at info |at| TeamMario.org no later than February 17, 2016.

Sponsorship and Exhibitors: Please contact TEAM MARIO via email at info |at| TeamMario.org or call 956-509-4121.

Questions? Contact the sponsors by email at info |at| TeamMario.org by telephone 956-509-4121 or by fax 888-308-0992.

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

Logistics, Directions and Accommodations

Directions

Click here for directions to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

Parking

Parking is free. Look for updates on parking details.

Airports

McAllen-Miller International Airport (MFE)
(approximately 14 miles to venue)

Valley International Airport (VIA)
(approximately 45 miles to venue)

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