COPAA 2016 Webinar Series 1: This is a (5) five session series of webinars training providing valuable information needed to achieve success at the IEP table. Add tools to your tool box and sharpen your skills by attending this valuable training. 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 process.
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Webinar Series 1: IEP's and Their Components, What You Should Know
1.1 Autopsy of an IEP: Finding & Filling Holes to Obtain Educational Goals
Date/Time: Thursday, 7/14/16, 2:00-3:15 ET
Presenters: Lisa Fagan, Esq.
Description: One of the single most important documents a parent can help develop during their child’s education is their individualized education program(IEP).However, often this document is a loosely written set of guidelines that does not fully convey a child’s needs.This session helps parents and advocates “dissect” an IEP by examining the sections” of an IEP and discuss what each section means, why it is important and what needs to be included. In addition, participants learn how to create IEPs that obtain the educational goals for the individual child and allow anyone working with the child to understand their needs and goals just by reading the document.
1.2 Roadblocks to Getting a Truly Independent IEE
Date/Time: Thursday, 7/19/2016, 2:00-3:15 ET
Presenters: Tania Whiteleather, Esq. and Lisa Peskay-Malmsten, Esq.
Description: LEAs are working hard to not only avoid their duties under IDEA regarding requested Independent Educational Evaluations (IEEs) but are also acting very creatively to avoid their duties. This presentation address court decisions regarding the timing of parent requests for IEEs and of LEA responses and of reasonable and unreasonable conditions placed on IEE requests and IEEs by LEAs. Parental participation in development of the IEP is essential to the IDEA. Winkelman v. Parma City School Dist. 550 U.S. 516, 524, 127 S.Ct. 1994(2007).
1.3 Bridges to Cross and Bridges to Burn: Using Transition Assessment Data
Date/Time: Thursday, 7/21/16, 2:00-3:15 ET
Presenters: Ann Simun, PsyD., and Sandra Dixon, Advocate
Description: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” As children mature, their answers evolve from the fantastic (“I want to be Batman!”) to the idealistic (“I want to be President”), and ultimately to the realistic (“I want to be an engineer”). Daily experiences of success and failure come together until as young adults, increasingly aware of their own abilities and interests, they focus on achieving specific educational or vocational goals. For students with disabilities, the question becomes more fraught. A lifetime of challenges interferes with students’ growing understanding of their own strengths and abilities. What is an appropriate Transition Assessment? Which tools, strategies, and methods are “age appropriate”, and will these provide the data needed to create meaningful educational and vocational plans? What about students who graduate “on time” with a regular diploma? An Advocate and Psychologist discuss legal requirements, methods of assessment, and how use data to create and monitor transition plans.
1.4 Beyond ABC’s: Obtaining & Using Effective Positive Behavior Support
Date/Time: Wednesday, 7/27/16, 2:00-3:15 ET
Presenter: Felicia Hurewitz, Ph.D., BCBA Director and Jennifer Sang, Esq.
Description:While there is extensive research supporting the use of quality Positive Behavior Support Plans (PBSP) to effect behavior change, few public schools are creating and implementing these plans using evidence-based protocols. Furthermore, the range of when and how PBSP's can be used is often restricted to extinguishing targeted behaviors of concern, without consideration of the corresponding requirement to increase pro-social replacement behaviors. This session describe the principles underlying positive behavior support and behavioral assessment beyond the standard ABC (Antecedent, Behavior, Consequence) format and examines common legal issues concerning exhibition of challenging behavior, from red flags and questions to ask at the IEP stage, to strategy for litigation when the primary issue is challenging or inappropriate behavior.
1.5 IEP and Inclusion: Full participation through IEP Process
Date: Wednesday, 8/3/16, 2:00-3:15 ET
Presenters: Selene Almazan, Esq.
Description: The IEP process is both sequential and cyclical. The IEP meeting is the forum for the team members to communicate and decide together the composition and dimension of the student’s educational program. The IDEA strongly promotes collaboration among parents and educators and other service providers in planning and making decisions affecting the student’s educational program and expects that educators will provide accommodations to enable students to access the general education curriculum and make modifications to instruction or curriculum content to enable students to meet their unique goals in the context of a general education instruction. The IDEA clearly specifies that a student may not be removed from the general education setting solely because of needed curriculum modifications. It is the services, the supports, the accommodations, and the modifications that constitute the student’s individualized education program and, thus, the free appropriate public education to which a student is entitled. (All Registrants for this series or this individual session will be mailed the book "IEP and Inclusion: Full Participation Through the IEP Process (MCIE, 2006).
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