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

Anchorage, AK

Friday and Saturday, March 24-25, 2017

These two-day Special Education Law & Advocacy Trainings, with Pete Wright and Pam Wright, is being sponsored by the Stone Soup Group.

The program will be held at:

University of Alaska Anchorage Campus
Lucy Cuddy Hall
2400 West Campus Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508
Click Here for Map of Parking and Lucy Cuddy
Parking is free!

Program Description

Choose the schedule that works best for you. The one day trainings are designed to meet the needs of parents, educators, health care providers, advocates and attorneys. Friday's focus will be on special education law and Saturday will focus on advocacy issues.

  • Day 1: Friday, March 24, 2017 - Special Education Law
    8:00-9:00 Registration
    • Introduction
    • Overview of Book: Wrightslaw: Special Education Law
    • IDEA History - PARC + Mills Cases - Past US Supreme Court Cases
    10:30-10:45 Break

    IDEA (con’t)

    • Section 1400: Findings & Purposes
    • Section 1401: Key Definitions - Ethical Considerations re child's "Label"
    • Section 1412: LRE, ESY, Child Find, Private Placements
    12:00-1:00 Lunch is on your own
    • Measuring Progress: Understanding Tests & Measurements & the Bell Curve, Standard Scores, Scaled Scores, % Ranks
      Demo: Charting Test Scores - Ethical Considerations re use of the Bell Curve
    • Section 1414(a,b,c): Evaluations
      Section 1414(d) IEPs
    2:30-2:45 Break
    • Section 1414(d) IEPs (cont'd)
    • Overview of book: Wrightslaw: All About IEPs
    • Section 1415 Due Process, Rules of Procedure, Discipline
    • Other Statutes - Section504 + ADA AA + ESSA
    • Recent Cases + USDOJ cases and OcR rulings
    • Two Pending US Supreme Court Cases
    • Legal issues: Charter Schools
    • Legal issues: Episodic Conditions i.e., Allergies, Epilepsy, etc.

      Initial Client Contact - Ethical Consideration
    • Who is the client, child or parent(s)? Domestic issues?
    • Prior to Face to Face, Organization of the File
    • First Meeting with Client
    • The "Theme of the Case"
    • Initial contact with school system

      Ethics - Preparation for Trial, Defuse Dynamics and Emotions

      In Summary - Laws, Cases, Client management, Preparation

    4:00-4:30 Questions and Answers
    Day 2: Saturday, March 25, 2017 - Special Education Advocacy Tactics & Strategies

    Overview of book: Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy
    The Journey - From Emotions to Advocacy - Tactics

    • The Parent as the Special Ed Manager and Expert
    • Developing the Master Plan
    • Knowing the Rules of the Game
    • Recognizing and Avoiding the Fatal Obstacles
    10:30-10:45 Break

    From Emotions to Advocacy - Tactics

    • How to Deal with Conflict, a Healthy and Normal event
    • Crisis, Emergency, Help
    • Recognizing and Avoiding the Fatal Obstacles
    • Organization of the Child's File
    • Emotions, Conflict, Normal Obstacles
    12:00-1:00 Lunch on your own
    1:00-2:30 Advocacy Strategies
    • School Culture
    • Rule of Adverse Assumptions
    • Hazards of Litigation & Outcome Prediction
    • Comprehensive Evaluations
    2:30-2:45 Break

    Strategies (con’t)

    • Paper Trails & Letters
    • The "Letter to the Stranger"
    • Negotiation Skills - "Getting to Yes"
    • The "Gerry Spence" approach
    • School Meetings: Preparation & Survival Strategies
    • The 5 W's + H + E

    Closing - In Summation

    4:00-4:30 Questions and Answers


Registration Fee - One Day Pricing  
Student/Parent $75
Professional (not seeking CLEs) $95
Professional with CLEs $150
Professional with CEUs $95, plus an additional fee through UAA
Live Streaming to: Mat-Su, Fairbanks, Barrow, Kenai, Bethel and Juneau Download the Live Stream flyer

Click here to register online.

Download and share the conference flyer.

Registration fee includes light snacks and refreshments, 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 Alaska Bar Association has approved 6.0 CLEs (continuing legal education) credits, including 1.5 ethic credits for this conference. CEUs (continuing education units) are through the University of Anchorage and are pending. CEU cost: 0.6 units/$35 and 1.2 units/$50. A 500 level course is being offered at the University of Alaska Anchorage. You must register as a Professional. Stone Soup Group will send you additional information about how to follow up directly with UAA to receive your credits (additional fees will apply through the university).

Special Accommodations: Contact Alexandra Fogarty by email alexandraf | at | stonesoupgroup.org no later March 1, 2017.

Scholarships: Scholarships are available. Submissions must be made by February 15, 2017.

Refunds: No refunds are available for this conference. Substitutions are allowed with prior approval. Deadline to contact the sponsors is March 15, 2017.

Questions? Contact the Stone Soup Group (SSG) by telephone 907-561-3701 by fax 907-561-3702 or click here for an online contact form.

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

Logistics, Directions, Accommodations


Click here for directions to the University of Alaska Anchorage Lucy Cuddy Hall.


Parking is available and free. West Central Lot is the closest parking area. Click here for a map and directions.


Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC)
(Approximately 6 miles to conference location)

Hotel Accommodations

The sponsors have secured a special rate of $99 per night with the Marriott Spring Hill Suites Anchorage University Lake. Click here to register online.

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