COPAA 2016 Webinar Series 4: This is a (3) three session series providing practical information on addressing disparities in education and in access to representation. Registrants are welcome to participate in the entire series for a discounted price or individual webinars. Yearly Subscriptions are also available, and need to be purchase via a separate registration.
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Webinar Series 4: Strategies to Address Educational Disparity based on Disability, Race and Income
4.1 Make Your practice Thrive Serving Low & Moderate Income Families
Date/Time: Tuesday, 10/4/16, 2:00-3:15
Presenters: Andrew Cuddy, Esq. and Michael O'Connor, Esq.
Description:Many special education firms struggle financially and many attorneys are reluctant to enter this field of practice. The presenters offer their experience in relying on the fee-shifting provision of the IDEA to build a robust and effective practice by emphasizing representation of low and moderate income clients. Perhaps the most critical element of a business model that relies of the fee-shifting provision of the IDEA is the attorney/client relationship established by the engagement letter (retainer agreement). The attendees will be provided ethical guidance and sample language to be used in defining the terms of this relationship.
4.2 The Promise of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to Address Disparity in Discipline and Restraint/Seclusion Use
Date/Time: Tuesday, 10/18/15, 2:00-3:15 ET
Presenter: Denise Stile Marshall, M.S., COPAA Executive Director, and Laura Kaloi, Esq.
Description: Laura Kaloi, Washington Partners, LLC, Denise Marshall, COPAA Exec Director, and Dignity in Schools Campaign (Invited) The Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) has revealed that schools employ discipline practices and policies that disproportionately impact students with disabilities. Despite a sharp decline overall, disparities by race and disability are deep and persistent. Research makes clear that suspension does grave harm to student outcomes, and in fact, states with the highest rates of secondary level suspension have some of the lowest high school graduation rates in the country (Florida, Louisiana, Nevada, and South Carolina). As the U.S. Department of Education, states education agencies, local school districts and other stakeholders conceptualize and implement a new accountability framework under the recently passed Every Student Succeeds Act, COPAA and others strongly urge that states use discipline as an additional indicator(s) of school quality or student success. CDRC data also shows that students with disabilities and students of color state plans must now include how the State will provide resources and guidance, professional development, and technical assistance to reduce techniques, strategies, interventions, and policies that compromise the health and safety of students, such as seclusion and restraint. Join us to learn more about the new requirements under ESSA and what needs to be done to address this disparate treatment.
4.3 Challenging Racial Disparities in Special Education
Date/Time: Tuesday, 10/25/16, 2:00-3:15 ET
Presenter: Gloria Perez-Stewart, Advocate and David Jefferson, Advocate
Description: This session explores how disproportionality affects students of color, and how racial disparities within special education are part of a larger system that unfairly targets this population and prevents access to an equal education. This session includes a historical perspective on (the lack of) racial justice within our special education system, and provides strategies on how advocates and attorneys can use this knowledge to affect long term systemic change beyond individual clients.
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