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2014 - 2015 Training Program

Aug 2 - Birmingham, AL

Aug 3-8 - Wmsburg, VA

Aug 21 - Norfolk, VA

Oct 23 - Wilton, CT

Oct 25 - Olympia, WA

Oct 30 - Phoenix, AZ

Nov 6 - McAllen, TX

Nov 21 - Temecula, CA

Dec 4 - OKC, OK

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Advocacy Training Schedule
One-day Seminar l 2-day Mini-Boot Camp l 2-day Boot Camp

One-day Advocacy Training Seminar

The one-day advocacy seminar focuses on four areas: special education law, rights and responsibilities; tests and measurements to measure progress & regression; SMART IEPs; and an introduction to tactics & strategies for effective advocacy.

8:15 - 9:00 am Registration and coffee.
9:00 - 10:30 am Special Education Law: IDEA. Overview of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; Findings & Purposes; Definitions; ESY, Child Find, Least Restrictive Environment, Private Placements; Evaluations, Reevaluations, Individualized Education Programs (IEPs); Procedural Safeguards, Complaints, Notice, Placement in Alternative Educational Setting.
10:30 - 10:45 am Break
10:45 - 11:15 am Special Education Law: Section 504, No Child Left Behind. Section 504 v. IDEA; Caselaw; IDEA Reauthorization (IDEA 2002); Back to School on Civil Rights; No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.
11:15 - 12:00 noon

Tests & Measurements 101. Progress and Regression; Standard Scores, Subtest Scores, Percentile Ranks; How to Chart Test Scores

12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch. (If lunch is on your own, we list several restaurants and dining facilities near the site.)
1:00 - 2:30 pm Introduction to SMART IEPs. Specific, Measurable, Action Words, Realistic & Relevant; Time-limited; Strategies for Writing Present Levels of Performance, Annual Goals, Short-term Objectives & Benchmarks; IEP Checklists; Recognizing Common IEP Problems
2:30 - 2:45 pm Break
2:45 - 4:00 pm Introduction to Tactics & Strategies. Reasons for Parent-School Conflict; Identify Common Obstacles to Problem Solving & Communication - Emotions, Myths, Roles, School Culture; Rules of Adverse Assumptions; How to Organize Your Child's File; How to Use the Comprehensive Evaluation; Effective Negotiation Strategies; Letter Writing Strategies; the "Letter to the Stranger"; How to Prepare for School Meetings; School Meeting Survival Strategies.
4:00 - 4:30 pm Review. Qs & As.

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Wrightslaw Mini-Boot Camp

Day 1: Special Education Law & Tests & Measurements
6:30 - 8:00 pm Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. History & Overview; PARC and Mills cases; Section 1400 - Findings & Purposes; Section 1401 - Definitions; Section 1412 - ESY, Child Find, Least Restrictive Environment, Private Placements, High Stakes Tests.
8:00 - 8:15 pm Break
8:15- 9:45 pm

Tests & Measurements & the Bell Curve. Standard Scores, Subtest Scores, Percentile Ranks, Grade Equivalent and Age Equivalent Scores; How to Chart Test Scores; How to Recognize Progress and Regression. Demonstration: How to Use Computer Software Programs to Chart Test Scores. SMART IEPs. Section 1414 - Evaluations, Reevaluations, Individualized Education Programs, Present Levels of Performance, Goals and Objectives.

Day 2: SMART IEPs & Tactics & Strategies
9:00 - 10:30 am Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (con't).
Section 1415 - Procedural Safeguards - Complaints, Prior Written Notice, Procedural Safeguards Notice, Mediation, Due Process Hearing, Appeal; Discipline & Placement in Alternative Educational Settings; Age of Majority. Back to School on Civil Rights. Other Statutes: Section 504, ADA, FERPA. Section 504 v. IDEA; Special Education Caselaw. IDEA Reauthorization (IDEA 2002); No Child Left Behind Act. Litigation: Special Ed Caselaw, Legal, systematic and "school culture" obstacles to compliance with IDEA-97. 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.
10:30 - 10:45 am Break
10:45 - 12:00 pm The Parent as the Special Ed Manager and Expert (con't). Crisis, Emergency, Help, Organization of the Child's file. Tactics & Strategies: Overview, The Rules of Adverse Assumptions, Private Evaluations, Paper Trails, The Letter to the Stranger.
12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 - 2:30 pm

Tactics & Strategies (con't). The Letter to the Stranger - examples, 5 W's + H + E, Preparation for Meetings, Meeting Strategies. Quiz

2:30 - 2:45 pm Break
2:45 - 3:45 pm

Tactics & Strategies (con't). Picking your battles, Marketing and Selling, Caselaw and Tactics, In Summation. Quiz Results

3:45 - 4:30 pm Qs & As.

 

Intensive 2-day Training Program - Wrightslaw Boot Camp

Two-day Boot Camps are more intensive and personalized. Participants have opportunities to network.

In Boot Camp, you learn how to use special education statutes and regulations to get answers to your questions; how to use tests and measurements to measure educational progress and graph out test scores; how to write SMART IEPs goals and objectives; and how to use tactics and strategies to get appropriate special education services.

Day 1: Special Education Law & Tests & Measurements
8:15 - 9:00 am Registration & coffee.
9:00 - 10:30 am Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. History & Overview; PARC and Mills cases; Section 1400 - Findings & Purposes; Section 1401 - Definitions; Section 1412 - ESY, Child Find, Least Restrictive Environment, Private Placements, High Stakes Tests.
10:30 - 10:45 am Break
10:45- 12:00 pm

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (con't). Section 1414 - Evaluations, Reevaluations, Individualized Education Programs; How to cross-reference law and regulations; Appendix A.

12:00 - 1:00 pm

Lunch

1:00 - 2:30 pm Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (con't).
Section 1415 - Procedural Safeguards - Complaints, Prior Written Notice, Procedural Safeguards Notice, Mediation, Due Process Hearing, Appeal; Discipline & Placement in Alternative Educational Settings; Age of Majority. Back to School on Civil Rights.
Other Statutes: Section 504, ADA, FERPA. Section 504 v. IDEA; Special Education Caselaw. IDEA Reauthorization (IDEA 2002); No Child Left Behind Act.
2:30 - 2:45 pm Break
2:45 - 4:00 pm Tests & Measurements & the Bell Curve. Standard Scores, Subtest Scores, Percentile Ranks, Grade Equivalent and Age Equivalent Scores; How to Chart Test Scores; How to Recognize Progress and Regression. Demonstration: How to Use Computer Software Programs to Chart Test Scores.
4:00 - 4:30 pm Review. Q & A
   
Day 2: SMART IEPs & Tactics & Strategies
9:00 - 10:30 am SMART IEPs. Essential Components of SMART IEPs. Review of special education law, tests & measurements & bell curve. .
10:45 - 12:00 pm SMART IEPs (continued). Present Levels of Performance; Strategies for Writing SMART IEP Goals & Objectives; SMART IEP Checklists; Identifying Common IEP Problems; How to Revise Inadequate IEP Goals & Objectives
12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 - 2:30 pm

Tactics & Strategies for Effective Advocacy. The Rules of Adverse Assumptions; Six Common Reasons for Parent-School Conflict; School and Parent Obstacles: Emotions, Myths, Roles, School Culture; How to Organize Your Child's File and Master Document List.

2:30 - 2:45 pm Break
2:45 - 4:00 pm

Tactics & Strategies for Effective Advocacy (continued). The Comprehensive Evaluation; Keys to Effective Negotiation; Letter Writing Strategies; How to Write a "Letter to the Stranger"; How to Prepare for School Meetings; School Meeting Survival Strategies; Strategies to Deal with Difficult People; How to Use 5 W's + H + E Techniques; Picking Your Battles; How to Market and Sell.

4:00 - 4:30 pm Review. Qs & As.

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