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Special Education Advocate Training Project®  (SEAT)

Thank you to everyone who applied. Registration is Now Closed. Applications are under review and all applicants will be contact when course enrollment is finalized. 

COPAA is pleased to announce the next cohort of Special Education Advocate Training (SEAT), a year-long course that provides participants with training to become a special education advocate. The course is based in part on the SEAT Curriculum ® developed through a partnership between COPAA and Children's Hospital of Los Angeles (CHLA) University Center for Excellence, University of Southern California on a three year demonstration grant funded by the U.S . Department of Education. The grant funded portion of the project ended in 2009, resulting in development of a model curriculum for advocacy training that was vetted through 3 cohorts under the direction of a 10 member National Advisory Board, and several members of the COPAA Training Committee, all of whom are nationally recognized special education advocates.

This session is the second replication cohort for COPAA,  using a web-based curriculum and distance learning. This is an exciting new adventure in training for a diverse group of special education advocates, and we are looking forward to a rich and rewarding experience.

This training is the equivalent of two very challenging college courses. The course is being offered as a combination of self paced web learning, readings, group and individual assignments as well as live virtual classrooms. This syllabus lays out the assignments required for each topic and the time/dates of the virtual classes. Participants must have a computer, web access, and frequent access to email.

Participants are expected to complete work before the virtual classes to be able to participate fully in discussions. If an issue arises that prevents this from happening, participants should contact the instructors to discuss options.

Program Manager and Lead Instructor:

Claudia Roberts, J.D.,Sr. Education Advocate


Mandy Favaloro, Esq.

Eileen Crumm, Ph.D., MPA

Mark Kamleiter, Esq.

(additional instructors to be determined)

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Class Schedule

Classes/Discussion Group periods will be held on Friday's

November 15, 2013 - June 13, 2014, 12:00 – 2:00 PM EST

Draft SEAT Syllabus

Practicum Guidelines


A Practical Guide to Special Education Advocate Training, Barbara Wheeler and Denise Marshall. (included with registration fee)

Advocate Academy Archives - The Advocacy Institute Advocate Academy Deluxe Webinar Collection USB is included with the Registration fee. Get all 50 of Webinar archives plus all related materials to access anytime, anywhere.The USB is also pre-loaded with the complete IDEA 2004 statute and federal regulations and Section 504 federal regulations. An extra 1 GB leaves plenty of room to load your personal data. (included with registration fee)

COPAA Webinar Archives– Access to the complete Library of COPAA Webinars (included with registration fee)

Negotiation Genius, D. Malhotra and M. Bazerman, Harvard, 2007. (available on Amazon in hard copy and ebook)


COPAA Members - $1,150.00 ( $345 due with application, $805 due upon acceptance)

Non-Members – $1,300.00 ( $390 due with application, $910 due upon acceptance. Includes one year of COPAA membership).

 Cancellation Policy

Prior to 11/29/13, a refund will be issued minus the registration fee.
After 11/29/13, there are no refunds.

 Application Process

The current class start date is Friday, November15, 2013, Applications are now being accepted.
Deadline for submission is October 25, 2013


Registration is Closed


A limited number of qualified individuals whose family income is at or below 2 x the federal poverty level or who have extenuating circumstances may apply for a SEAT registration fee discount. To apply for consideration you must submit a letter of request. Please include information to prove that you meet the poverty guidelines (i.e.,the first two pages of your federal tax return) to A COPAA Representative will contact you to confirm eligibility and availability.

Deadline to apply for a scholarship discount is October 18, 2013



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