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 third replication cohort for COPAA, using a web-based curriculum and distance learning. This is an exciting new adventure in training fora 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, Sr. Education Advocate
Mandy Favaloro, Esq.
Eileen Crumm, Ph.D., MPA
Mark Kamleiter, Esq.
(Additional to be determined)
Classes/Discussion Group periods will be held on Friday's
October 17, 2014 - May 8, 2015, 12:00 – 2:00 PM EST
Draft SEAT Syllabus
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 Recorded (On-Demand) COPAA Webinars (included with registration fee)
- D. Malhotra and M. Bazerman, Harvard, 2007. (available to purchase separately 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).
The current class, start date October 17, 2014. Applications are now being accepted at this time and will be evaluated as they are submitted.
Deadline for submission is September 7, 2014
There will be limited space so apply now!
Please make sure to completed the form entirely and submit partial payment at that time. We recommended you use Goggle Chrome Brower to prevent software compatibility issues. Also, since some of the answers can be lengthy you may want to type them into a word doc. so you can review and then paste you final answer into the online form.
All Individuals who are interest in pursuing a career in Special Education Advocacy should apply. Also anyone one who have a JD but have not practiced as a special education attorney and are currently or planning to practice as an advocate may apply.
30% of tuition is due when submitting the application. If you are not selected to participate, it is 100% refundable. The balance will be due by 10/1/14.
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. They will be considered on first come basis. 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 SEAT@copaa.org A COPAA Representative will contact you to confirm eligibility and availability.
Deadline for scholarship discount applications is August 25, 2014.