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William & Mary Law School

2016 Institute of Special Education Advocacy (ISEA)

Agenda l Faculty l Graduates l Slideshow

The 2016 Institute of Special Education Advocacy (ISEA) at William & Mary Law School, Williamsburg, VA, July 31 - August 5, 2016 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 2017 scheduled for July 30 - August 4, 2017 ***
Applications will be considered on rolling basis bi-monthly, from February 1, 2017-June 30, 2017

ISEA Class of 2016

ISEA 2015 Graduates

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Karen Anderson, MN

Peter Antonowicz, NY

Ashley Barlow, KY

Krista Barth, FL

Liane Bass, NY

Judith Benson, IL

Allison Boscarine, MA

Christina Calabro, CT

Rachel Castrejon, CA

Amber Champlin, RI

Whui Chang, CA

Matt Cloven, CO

Latisha Coats, OK

Alicia Coleman-Clark, CA

Curtis Davis, CA

Vickey Dudgeon, OK

Deidra Edwards, OK

Debra Evans, CA

Dayna Friddus, GA

Linda Fritz-Gasteier, OH

Andrea Gellen, NY

Heidi Haines, CO

Amy Hallman, NC

Laura Hughes, VA

Mia Joshi, NY

Pam Katz, IL

Ellen Kimbrell, OK

Angela Kovacs, OH

Eric Kwartler, TX

Leila Leoncavallo, VA

Gina McClellan, MA

Karen Millender, CA

Jennifer Morris, VA

Elizabeth Nelson, TX

Amy Newman, CT

Thomas O'Leary, NJ

Lisa Panepucci, MI

Lynn Quinley, TX

Amanda Raymond, VA

Dena Regalado, IL

Michelle Scavongelli, MA

Debra Schneider, NJ

Penny Simpson, IL

Amy Stango, FL

Jaisen Stango, FL

Julia Sterr, OK

Elizabeth Sydnor, NC

Sharron Taylor-Haggett, VA

Rebecca Thereault, CT

Tiffany Sizemore Thompson, PA

Laura Vazquez, SC

ISEA 2016 - Slideshow


Meet the ISEA 2016 Graduates l View the Slideshow

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What ISEA 2016 graduates are saying...

If you help kids and parents with special education issues, give yourself a gift, spend one week with people who know exactly what you do, how you do it, the challenges, the fears, the joys. You will come back refreshed and renewed.

ISEA is special education on steroids! Sometimes we don't know what we don't know. After attending ISEA you will know what you need to know and how to learn it.

Attorneys, Advocates, Experts - this is THE course that allows you to to delve deeper into advocacy! You will learn about IEP development; be taught applicable laws for special education; advanced knowledge of ADA and disability civil rights; how to be a more effective advocate and not just a guide to information; ways to instruct parents on effective strategies in working with schools without destroying or breaking down their relationship; and what a parent can do if they are not satisfied with the outcome of their advocacy efforts. ISEA - a week of learning for a life of advocating!

Don't miss it! Fabulous speakers and networking opportunities.

The most important training available for a Special Education Attorney.

It is such an excellent program to learn about special education Law and have discussions with people who have similar interest and passion. Glad I was part of it!

The ISEA 2016 conference is the most efficient way--short of law school--to get the highest quality, most comprehensive Special Education Advocate training possible. It validated and prepared me for the scope, the enormity, and the importance of the work that we as Parent Advocates do. The caliber of the presenters, their warmth, expertise, experience and genuine mentorship, fostered a binding camaraderie and a focused singleness of purpose among the diversity of Sped parents/attorneys from across the USA. ISEA was exactly the paradigm shift in experience I needed to prepare me to prepare parents to reach the purposes intended by Congress: to prepare children with disabilities for further education, employment, and independent living. So proud to be a Lieutenant in the Wrightslaw Army-- Don't miss this opportunity!

Regardless of your level of experience, you will come away with more information and better skills than you had before. You will certainly come away with a network of teachers and mentors that you couldn't replicate anywhere.

This training is excellent! It was great to be around people who fight and advocate for the same cause. The program prepares a competent advocate!

A wonderful learning experience and a great opportunity to meet like-minded professionals.

This institute forces one to re-examine why one wants to do this work--and then gives one the tools to do it and do it well..

It is an intensive week, but the knowledge gained is well worth it! I met several advocate peers that I stay in contact with for brainstorming.

I entered ISEA 2016 with a passion for special education advocacy and left with a clear definition of my purpose and the knowledge, tools, and a wealth of resources to fulfill my purpose. I entered ISEA 2016 knowing "Who, What, When, and Where," and added the two most important factors, "Why and How." I now have the complete foundation on which to continue the never-ending building process.

"ignorance is not bliss for a child who is struggling!"

I would definitely recommend this program. The information that you leave with, along with the contacts of the staff is invaluable!

This training provided me with all of the knowledge, tools and confidence necessary to open a legal practice in education law.

I appreciate the diversity in the participants' areas of expertise. We all learned from one another.

How to feel empowered versus powerless when working with the Department of Education.

Come experience, engage, and learn about SpEd while having fun!

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