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

South Charleston, WV

Wednesday and Thursday, April 15 + 16, 2015

***Traffic on I-64 in Charleston has been shifted due to bridge maintenance work. Delays are anticipated***

This two-day Special Education Law & Advocacy Boot Camp, a Wrightslaw training program with Pete Wright and Pam Wright, is being sponsored by the West Virginia Advocates, Inc.

The program will be held at:

Holiday Inn and Suites Charleston West
Charleston Conference Center
400 Second Ave.
South Charleston, WV 25303

Program Description

Participants will learn about changes in IDEA 2004 including:

  • New requirements for initial evaluations, reevaluations & parental consent
  • New requirements for IEPs, IEP goals, IEP teams, IEP meetings
  • New eligibility issues for students with specific learning disabilities
  • New 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


Individual $145
2 Members from same household (1 set of books) $195
Professional (includes credits) $170

Online Registration available.

Brochure and mail-in registration form.

Register by telephone by calling 1-800-950-5250.

Registration fee includes Continental Breakfast, lunch, break refreshments, a deluxe Wrightslaw highlighter pen and
the four Wrightslaw books, which retail for $77.80 - Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition, Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition,Wrightslaw: All About IEPs and Wrightslaw: All About Tests and Assessments.

Credits: 14.4 MCLEs for Attorneys, 1.2 CEUs for Educators and 12 CEUs for Social Workers have been approved for this training.

Scholarships: Participant support costs may be available for parents and family members of school aged children with disabilities. For more information on participants support costs, contact WVA at 1-800-950-5250.

Accommodations: Contact Beverly Gragg by telephone at 304-346-0847 no later than April 1, 2015.

Refunds: Cancellations made prior to April 1, 2015 will receive a refund less a $30 administrative fee. Cancellation requests from April 2 through April 10, 2015 will be honored and will be refunded less a $75 administrative.fee.

Questions? Contact Lisa Brammer by telephone at 304-346-0847 or email lbrammer |at| wvadvocates.org.

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

Logistics, Directions, Accommodations


Click here for directions to the Holiday Inn and Suites.


Parking is free at the Holiday Inn and Suites.


Yeager Airport (CRW)
100 Airport Road
Charleston, WV 25311
(Approximately 8 miles to conference location)
Complimentary local area shuttle provided by the hotel.


The Holiday Inn and Suites is offering a special rate of $102 for the nights of April 14, 15 and 16, 2015. The cut-off date to receive the discount is March 17, 2015. Mention AD1 promo code to receive the discount. For reservations, call 1-888-465-4329 or 304-744-4641. Registrants are responsible for handling their own reservations unless approved for participant support costs.

For a list of local hotels click here.

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