Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates
Protecting the Legal and Civil Rights of Students with Disabilities
Special Education Advocate Training TM (SEAT)
2016-2017 Cohort 5 Registration is Closed. The class enrollment has reached capacity. We will offer Cohort 6 next academic year.
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COPAA is proud to conduct a year-long Special Education Advocate Training (SEAT)TM , the only nationally developed and recognized year-long course that provides participants with training to become a special education advocate. Click here for more general information on Advocate Training.
The SEAT course is based in part on the SEAT Curriculum TM 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 in 2005. 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 and attorneys.
This session is the fifth replication cohort for COPAA, using a web-based curriculum and distance learning. The course is being offered as a combination of self-paced web learning, readings, group and individual assignments as well as live virtual classrooms. Participants must have a computer, web access, and frequent access to email. The course typically requires 5-6 hours per week of work (including the 2 hour mandatory class).
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.
Past Instructors have included (Live Classes):
Selene Almazan, Esq.
Guest speakers may be announced for specific topics
Online and Recorded Webinar Contributors: Heather Allcock, PhD, David Berney, Esq., Kayla Bower, Esq., Susan Bruce, Matt Cohen, Esq., Pamela Coveney, Esq., Michelle Davis, ME.D., Mary Eaddy, Dave L. Edyburn, Ph.D., Matthew Engel, Esq., Elizabeth Eubanks, Esq., Melissa Farrall, PhD, Jennifer R. Fee, Esq., Andrew Feinstein, Esq., Charles P. Fox, Esq., Monica Hammell, M.D.,Caroline Heller, Esq., Felicia Heurwitz, PhD., Catherine A. Holahan, Esq., Elaine Holden, PhD, Heather Ironside, M.S., Dana Jonson, Esq., Eric Levine, EdD, Ron Lospennato Esq., Mark Martin, Esq., Ann McCarthy, Annie McLaughlin, Ph.D.,BCBA-D, Laurie Markus, Esq., Dorene Philpot, Esq., Carol Quirk, EdD., Lisa Hess Rice, PhD., Gabriela Ruiz, Esq., Ricki Sabia, JD, Jennifer Sang, Esq., Ann E. Simun, PsyD, Lydia Sofier, Ph.D, Janine Solomon, Esq., Cheryl Steedman, Esq., Wayne Steedman, Esq.,Kathy Wian, Carolina Watts, JD, Jane R. Wettach, Esq., Diane Willcutts, Mark Woodsmall, Esq., Jon Zimring, Esq., and many more.
Classes/Discussion Group periods will be held on Friday's
October 14, 2016 - May 8, 2017, 12:00 – 2:00 PM EST
· A Practical Guide to Special Education Advocate Training, Barbara Wheeler and Denise Marshall. (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 - $1,250.00 ( $375 due with application, $875 due NO LATER than 9/15/16- if you pay by credit card it will be auto billed on 9/15/16)
Non-Members – $1,400.00 ( $420 due with application, $980 due NO LATER than 9/15/16- if you pay by credit card it will be auto billed on 9/15/16). Tuition includes one year of COPAA membership.
If you are not accepted into the program you will receive a full refund of the application fee.
Applications are submitted online and applicants must complete the form in it's entirety. Only completed applications will be considered.
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. The discounted tuition is 30% of full tuition rate. Requests will be considered on first come basis. To apply for consideration you must complete the online application for SEAT and note in the comments box you are applying for a scholarship. Then send a letter of request with proof that you meet the poverty guidelines (i.e.the first two pages of your federal tax return) to SEAT@copaa.org A COPAA Representative will contact you to confirm eligibility and availability.
Federal Guideline can be found by clicking this link: http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/15poverty.cfm#thresholds
There is a limited number and they will be considered and awarded on a first come basis.
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