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Wrightslaw Special Education Law & Advocacy Boot Camp
with Peter Wright, Esq. and Pamela Darr Wright, MA, MSW

Bakersfield, CA

Friday and Saturday, March 6-7, 2015

* * * * SOLD OUT! * * * *

This two-day Special Education Law & Advocacy Boot Camp, a Wrightslaw training program with Pete Wright and Pam Wright, is being sponsored by H.E.A.R.T.S. Connection.

The program will be held at:

Doubletree Hotel
3100 Camino Del Rio Court
Bakersfield, CA 93308

Program Description

Participants will learn about changes in IDEA 2004 including:

  • Requirements for initial evaluations, reevaluations & parental consent
  • Requirements for IEPs, IEP goals, IEP teams, IEP meetings
  • Eligibility issues for students with specific learning disabilities
  • Procedural requirements and timelines, including the “Due Process Complaint Notice” and “Resolution (IEP) Session.”

Participants will learn about requirements in No Child Left Behind including:

  • Reading and research based instruction
  • Highly qualified teachers
  • Parental rights and options
  • High stakes testing

Participants will also learn how to:

  • Use tests and measurements to measure progress
  • Write SMART IEPs
  • Use tactics and strategies for effective advocacy

    Day 1: Special Education Laws
    8:00-9:00 Registration
    • Introductions
    • Baseline Quiz
    • Book Overview
    • IDEA History - PARC + Mills Cases - US Supreme Court Cases
    10:30-10:45 Break

    IDEA (con’t)

    • Section 1400: Findings & Purposes
    • Section 1401: Key Definitions
    • Section 1412: LRE, ESY, Child Find, Private Placements
    12:00-1:00 Lunch
    • Measuring Progress: Understanding Tests & Measurements & the Bell Curve, Standard Scores, Scaled Scores, % Ranks
      Demo: Charting Test Scores
    • Section 1414: Evaluations and IEPs
    2:30-2:45 Break
    • Section 1415 (cont'd)
    • SMART IEPs
    4:00-4:30 Questions and Answers
    Day 2: Laws, Cases, Tactics & Strategies
    • Section 1415 - Due Process, Rules of Procedure, Discipline
    • Other Statutes - Section 504 + ADA AA + NCLB
    • Recent Cases + USDOJ cases and OCR rulings
    • Legal issues regarding Charter Schools, Food Allergies, Anaphylaxis, Epi-Pens, Diabetes, Epilepsy
    • The Journey - From Emotions to Advocacy
    • The Parent as the Special Ed Manager and Expert
    10:30-10:45 Break

    From Emotions to Advocacy (cont'd)

    • 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
    • Crisis, Emergency, Help
    • Organization of the Child's File
    12:00-1:00 Lunch
    1:00-2:30 Advocacy Strategies
    • Emotions, Conflict, Normal Obstacles
    • School Culture
    • Rule of Adverse Assumptions
    2:30-2:45 Break

    Advocacy Strategies (con’t)

    • Hazards of Litigation & Outcome Prediction
    • Comprehensive Evaluations
    • Negotiating; Paper Trails & Letters
    • School Meetings: Preparation & Survival Strategies

    Closing - In Summation

    4:00-4:30 Questions and Answers


Registration Fee Regular Regular
Registration Fee plus
Night of Inspiration
Individual $225 $275
Couple/Two individuals from same household * $350 $440

Couples receive one set of books.

** Night of Inspiration - 2015 marks H.E.A.R.T.S. Connection's 25th anniversary. Celebrate with a wonderful evening of special guests to include Pete Wright of Wrightslaw. He will share his journey as a young boy with Dyslexia and ADHD who became the man fighting for other families and children's right to an education. A silent auction and raffle are also planned. Thursday night dinner is included in the price of the ticket.

Click here to register online.

Download and share the brochure and registration form.

Registration fee includes breakfast, lunch, snacks, a deluxe Wrightslaw highlighter pen and
three Wrightslaw books, which retail for $62.85 - Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition, Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition and Wrightslaw: All About IEPs.

Credits: The State Bar of California has approved this conference for 12 credit hours. 1.2 CEU's (continuing education units) have also been approved.

Refunds: All cancellations must be made in writing. Cancellations will be accepted until February 20, 2015 and refunds will be given minus a $20 administrative charge. After this time, no refunds will be given.

Questions? Contact Dian Schneider or Susan Graham by telephone at 800-210-7633 between 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 pm.

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

Logistics, Directions, Accommodations


Click here for directions to the Doubletree Hotel.


Parking is free at the venue.


Meadows Field Airport (BFL)
(Approximately 15 miles to conference location)


H.E.A.R.T.S. Connections has negotiated a special rate of $99 plus applicable taxes, fees and assessments for conference attendees at the Doubletree Hotel. Please make your reservation as soon as possible by contracting the hotell directly. You must mention WRIGHTSLAW to get the special group rate by February 1, 2015.

For a list of local hotels click here.

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