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Wrightslaw: All About IEPs
by Pete Wright
Tampa, Florida
Friday, January 15, 2010

The first All About IEPs program will be held at:Mainsail Hotel and Conference Center

Mainsail Suites Hotel & Conference Center
5108 Eisenhower Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33634
(adjacent to Tampa Int'l Airport)

The Mainsail Suites Hotel offers spacious suites, each with a full kitchen, living and dining room, and private balcony.

The Mainsail has a well-equipped fitness center, heated outdoor pool, jacuzzi, and sand volleyball court.

Complimentary airport shuttle, free parking and high speed internet.

For a fact sheet about the hotel, click here.

You've earned it. Now enjoy it.

Program Description

Speaker: Pete Wright

This one-day, five hour program about IEPs will focus on:

  • The IEP statute, Regulations, and Commentary to the regulations
  • Recent IEP caselaw
  • Drafting of SMART IEPs

You will learn:

  • Legislative history and how IEPs have evolved
  • How to draft IEPs based on the unique needs of a child.
  • What is and what is not permissible in IEPs.
  • How to create a teamwork relationship with parents and school staff so that the child benefits.

This is the first Wrightslaw: All About IEPs program and is limited to 120 attendees.


8:00-9:00 Registration

  • Educational Goals and Objectives Prior to the Education for All Handicapped Children Act of 1975.
  • IDEA Legislative History relating to IEPs and Management by Objectives (MBO)
  • 20 USC 1414(d) - The IEP statute
  • 34 CFR 300.320 - 328 - The IEP special education regulations.
10:30-10:45 Break
  • The US Dept of Education's "Commentary" about the regulations.
  • Recent legal cases about IEPs
  • From the 1983's "A Nation at Risk" to No Child Left Behind's application to IEPs.
12:15-1:00 Lunch
  • Understanding Tests and Measurements, the Bell Curve, Standard Scores, Scale Scores, % ranks, Grade Equivalent, Age Equivalent and their use in drafting SMART IEPs.
  •   Specific
  •   Measurable
  •   Action words
  •   Realistic
  •   Time specific
2:30-3:00 Questions and Answers

Your registration fee includes:

The books, WebEx Wrightslaw Training Programs, the Wright Tote, and the highlighter pen have a retail value of $77.70. We also provide lunch and beverages.

Join Us for the Kick-Off with Reduced Registration Fees

Since this is the first Wrightslaw All About IEPs program , the registration fees are reduced below the expected fee for future Wrightslaw All About IEPs Programs!

Online Registration!

Registration Fee
 Click below to register
Professional w / CLE / CEU credits *
Husband & Wife / Parents **
Military ***

Questions? Please contact Debra Pratt by email, or by phone at 804-758-8400.

* CLE and CEU credits available.

** The Husband & Wife / Parents rate applies to parents, step-parents, and custodial parents/ grandparents/ caregivers who are involved in raising a child with a disability. A couple will receive one set of books.

*** Proof that you or your spouse are active duty in the Armed Forces is required. In the ShopSite Store, when you place your order you will see a window entitled "Ordering Instructions." In that box, provide your branch of service, name of unit (exa: 1st Armored Division) and location of active duty service member (exa: Camp Speicher, Iraq) and relationship to you (exa. spouse).

Hotel RegistrationMainsail Suites Hotel Pool

You can register at the Mainsail Suites Hotel online by clicking here

Or you can make your reservation by calling toll free (866) 724-5287 or direct dialing (813) 243-2640.

For those staying at the Mainsail on Thursday night, we plan to have a social get together.

Weather? According to Weather Underground, the "Historical Summary for January 13 - January 19" is as follows:

   The Average High Temperature is 69 F with a historical range of 48 F to 83 F
   The Average Low Temperature is 51 F with a historical range of 30 F to 68 F
   There is a 1% chance of a Freezing Day with a temperature below 32F (1 day out of 112 in historical record)

Click for Tampa, Florida Forecast

Beaches? Kayaking?

Click here for a pdf file of beach locations via a scenic drive from the Mainsail Suites.
To see why this was voted the Nation's Best Beach in 2008, click here.

Pete likes to kayak through mangrove tunnels at nearby Caladesi Island.
To watch Youtube videos of Caladesi Island kayaking, open water and mangrove tunnels, click here and here.

AirFare - cheap flights to Tampa (TPA), click here.

Credits: Attendees seeking credits will be awarded 0.5 CEU's (continuing education units) or 5 CLE's (continuing legal education).

Cancellation Policy: Refund of 85% for email or phone cancellations received by 4 p.m. EST, Wednesday, January 13, 2010. Thereafter, no refund, but you may substitute someone else to attend on your behalf so long as you send an email to Debra Pratt with the name of the substitute attendee.

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

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