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William & Mary Law School

2014 Institute of Special Education Advocacy (ISEA)

Agenda l Faculty l Graduates l Slideshow

The 2014 Institute of Special Education Advocacy (ISEA) at William & Mary Law School, Williamsburg, VA,August 3- August 8, 2014 provided training in special education advocacy for experienced advocates, law students, new attorneys, and attorneys who are new to special education law.

ISEA is a five-day training program hosted by the William & Mary School of Law and co-sponsored by the PELE Special Education Advocacy Clinic, Wrightslaw, and The Oklahoma Disability Law Center.

***ISEA 2015 scheduled for August 2 - August 7, 2015***
Applications will be considered on rolling basis bi-monthly, from February 1, 2015-June 30, 2015

ISEA Class of 2014

ISEA 2014 Graduates

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Shelly Agostine, CO

Jamie Barr, FL

Martin Barry, OK

Kanako Blondet, CA

Bernadette Bode, LA

Kee Bryant-McCormick, TN

Maura Carlin, NY

Theresa Chausse, NH

Lisa Clark, PA

Bridget Claycomb, WA

Kimberly Crook, CO

Matt Davis, TX

Elaine DiCostanzo, NY

Cheryl Dispoto, NJ

Jennifer Forsberg, TX

Lisa Frankel, DE

Stacey Gahagan, NC

Alicia Gant, GA

Michael Gerton, MD

Trish Hasper, MA

Micah Haverly, VA

Dana Hecht, VA

Holly Hinds, CT

Allison Hyatt, CA

Mary Jacob, LA

Christina Jones, IN

Christine Karcher, FL

Tiffany Kell, AR

Seamus Kelly, NE

Jessica Kelly-Shalieb, MI

Lisa Lindsey, CA

Sarah Ashley Link, VA

Jessamyn Lockard, IA

Jennifer Shaw Lockhart, OK

Robin Lucas, GA

Katia Luedtke, VA

Shanida Mathieu, LA

Leigh McCue-Weil, VA

Amy McTighe, PA

Kelly Mong, PA

Nino Murray, HI

Tracy Musgrove, WI

Suzanna Myers, VA

Laura Nata, LA

Bob Orsi, KS

Peter Orsi, KS

Michelle Powers, CA

Todd Ratner, VA

Jeanne Rayphand, CNMI

Claire Richardson, VA

Donna Sabel, VA

Meg Sass, NJ

Bonnie Schinagle, NY

Danielle Shahan, CA

Kim Smith, CA

Sarah Spencer, NC

Denise Springer, AZ

Maureen Stankiewicz, PA

Melinda Sterbenc, IL

Eileen Sullivan, OH

Tanya Thom, MI

Lara Todd, VA

Kodey Toney, OK

Marly Tristano, IL

Stefanie Worcester, NH

Courtney Wright, TX

Margaret Young, CA

Ann Zagare, NY

Julie Zibulsky, D.C.

ISEA 2014 - Slideshow

What ISEA 2014 graduates are saying...

The only comprehensive special education advocacy training that I have found in the country. I highly recommend it to anyone who would like to improve or enhance their advocacy skills. It was fantastic!

It was an honor to meet and learn from the ISEA faculty and my fellow advocates. This program gave me the confidence to go out and learn more. I'm so glad to be a new member of the Wrightslaw Army. I honestly didn't want to leave. Can I come back next year?

Inspiring and empowering beyond any expectations!

Advocates and attorneys alike, whether experienced or new to the area of Special Education law, will benefit greatly from this Institute. The quality of the faculty is unparalleled. This is a great way to not only learn new things, but to also connect with the faculty and other advocates/attorneys from across the country to hone your skills, sharpen your thinking, open up new doors, and to soak in as much as you can. I left the ISEA even more passionate (I didn't think that was possible!) and with a whole new outlook on how to approach the work I do. In the end, it's all the students and families we serve who benefit the most from our experience at ISEA! And the location is amazing - what a bonus!

A comprehensive overview of special education advocacy. For an attorney thinking about practicing in this area, it is essential for understanding the issues and avoiding malpractice.

ISEA is where you have the opportunity to learn from the best of the best in special education advocacy. You will learn from the rock stars of the industry.

It is one thing to go to a great conference...the Institute transcends any previous experiences because of the extraordinary caliber and experience of the faculty, and the unusual personal nature of the interactions with both faculty and other participants. In addition to the wonderfully informative sessions, one night you may be discussing challenging areas of your practice with other professionals in your district, and another night you may be hearing personal experiences from a faculty member at dinner. I feel extremely fortunate to have had this opportunity, it truly has made the information come to life in powerful ways!

A week of training for a lifetime of advocacy and learning.

The access to the faculty--national leaders in the field of special education advocacy--made this a week to remember.

ISEA is a mandatory step in any parent attorney or advocates professional development. At some point you need to attend.

The Institute for Special Education Advocacy is the program to take if you want to learn how to be the best special education advocate you can be.

This was a week well spent! I left feeling encouraged and empowered.

This is an extraordinary program for both attorneys and advocates who have educational hurdles to overcome for the children they serve. Learn the appropriate methods, strategies and case law to support the families that you work with in order to benefit the child in his/her educational environment and thus make BOTH positive change AND a huge impact for the children that you serve with disabilities.

As a public school teacher, I now have a new awareness and understanding of some of the hopes, dreams, and challenges of families of children with disabilities.

ISEA was a transformative experience from both a personal and professional perspective. Thank you for this remarkable program.

This program is a must for anyone truly interested in advocating for children including attorneys, advocates and parents of special needs children.

Anyone interested in the field of special education will find this course invaluable, not only because of the wealth of information and resources provided, but because of the network that you are inevitably linked into.

A week of learning, a lifetime of opportunity.

The Institute is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in special education law and advocacy, learning from knowledgeable and caring experts in the field. Beyond imparting a great deal of valuable information, the faculty and participants and the Institute together generate an excitement and energy to continue the important fight for students' rights.

A conference with great presenters and great content but more than that, a gathering of many people who were all deeply caring and passionate about the rights of children with disability challenges.

From a current law student's perspective, ISEA was a truly unique and worth while experience. It opened my eyes to what it means to advocate and what this work entails. Not only did I hone my legal understanding of SPED law, but I also learned how important it is to empathize with the population of clients that I serve. This quality alone is a unique asset that will set me apart as an attorney.

Insightful presentations from inspiring presenters.

The presenters were first rate, subject matter current and well presented, skill level was obviously off the charts. The goal of this Institute of Special Education Advocacy - to equip more individuals to pass on the knowledge and help children, not just make a living, is right on target and unfortunately a generosity rarely shown today. The generosity of the Wrightslaw website- what other field can one find a private website which saves many thousands of dollars in fees by providing an enormous amount of information free, rather than to pay to have someone with a JD tell them? The same is overwhelmingly evident from this seminar / conference. The post seminar offers of accessibility show that the presenters align with the Institute's initiative and intent.

After working for many years as a lone wolf in Kansas, it was invigorating to meet so many other advocates from across the country. The lecture topics covered and clarified issues I deal with everyday. This was definitely worth the time, effort and money.

After attending the program, I felt so empowered to make a difference for children with disabilities.

The opportunity to engage in discussions and gather information from leading experts in the field of Special Education Law and Advocacy is at your fingertips. I was compelled to take a hold of the opportunity at every chance and the Institute gives you multiple opportunities and chances. Come take a hold of your opportunity.

This training program is a must for professionals who want to provide quality advocacy for family of children with learning disabilities.

The ISEA is essential to becoming a Special Education Advocate.

It was an amazing experience to spend a week with so many experts who were willing to share their knowledge and experiences with us. I wish I could attend every year!


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