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Wrightslaw From Emotions to Advocacy Conference
with Pat Howey

Chico, CA

September 30, 2022

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Wrightslaw From Emotions to Advocacy Conference
, a Wrightslaw training program featuring Pat Howey,
is being sponsored by the Butte County SELPA.

The program will be held at:

Chico's Elks Lodge
1705 Manzanita Ave.
Chico, CA 95926

Program Description

In the From Emotions to Advocacy training program (one day, 6 hours), you learn how to take an active role in managing your child's special education. You'll learn about the five key sections in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), what our child's test scores mean, and how to develop SMART IEPs. You will learn how to prepare for meetings, the gentle art of disagreeing, and how to maintain healthy working relationships with the school. You will learn:

  • about IDEA - Sections 1400, 1401, 1412, 1414 and 1415
  • using the Bell Curve to understand your child's strengths and needs
  • using a parent agenda
  • how to build healthy working relationships with school personnel
  • how to document information that may prevent or resolve disputes
  • how to participate as an equal member of your child's IEP Team

All 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.


Schedule Friday, September 30, 2022
9:00 - 10:30 Introductions
  • Section 1: Getting Started
  • Creating the Advocate's IEP, the Master Plan
  • Taming the Paper Trail
  • Goals and Strategies for the Advocate
  • The Parent as Project Manager
  • Advocacy 101: Learning the Rules of the Game
10:30 - 10:45 Break
10:45 - 12:00
  • Obstacles to Success, Resolving Parent/School
  • Conflicts, Emergency, Crisis, Help
  • Evaluations and Your Child's Disability
  • Tests and Measurements 101
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 2:30
  • The Bell Curve
  • Charting Test Scores
  • Smart IEPs
  • Overview of IDEA - Findings, Purposes and Definitions
  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
  • ESSA
2:30 - 2:45


2:45 - 4:00
  • Rule of Adverse Assumptions
  • Taming the Paper Trail - Documenting and Writing Letters and using the "Letter to a Stranger" Strategy
  • IEP Meeting Strategies and Common Problems
  • Putting it all together
4:00 - 4:30 Questions and Answers


Registration Fee  

Butte County parents and SELPA member district employees


Other attendees $100

Conference fee includes snacks and lunch, a Wrightslaw highlighter pen, three Wrightslaw books - Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Ed., Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Ed., and Wrightslaw: All About IEPs provided the morning of the conference and then, within a week after the program, Wrightslaw will email those three books to each attendee in the adobe.pdf format. The three print and pdf books retail for $103.70.

Click here to register online.

Download and share the Save-the-Date flyer.

Accommodations - Contact Teri Carter by email at selpasupport |at| bcoe.org no later than September 15, 2022.

Questions? Contact the sponsors by calling Teri Carter at 530-532-5621 or email at selpasupport |at| bcoe.org or fax 530-532-5920.

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

Logistics, Directions and Accommodations


Map and directions to the Chico Elk Lodge.


Parking is free.

Hotel Accommodations

Hotel Diamond, located at 220 West 4th Street in Chico. Just 4 miles from the venue.

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