COPAA 2016 Webinar Series 2: Access to FAPE
This is a (4) four session series of webinars training where presenters share their in-depth knowledge on critical issues regarding the provision of a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). 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 2: Access to FAPE
2.1 It’s Called Child Find, Not “Child Wait”
Date/Time: Thursday, 8/11/16, 2:00-3:15 ET
Presenters: Sarah Florhe, Esq., Deborah Jacobson, Esq., and Kimberly Glassman, Esq.
Description: This presentation provides the audience with a multiple jurisdiction perspective for an in-depth overview of advanced advocacy strategies for ensuring your school district has appropriate policies and procedures in place to find children who may be eligible for services, and for how to plead successful child find claims on cases for hard to find youth. Participants leave this session with a clear understanding of the Child Find obligations; tools for identifying evidence and pleading strong allegations for failure to identify youth in due process hearings (and for advocacy in IEP meetings and other processes); and, information and examples of systemic advocacy done in different jurisdictions to improve overall Child Find practices. 2.2 You Can't Make Me Go! Navigating the Legal Labyrinth of School Refusal
Date/Time: Wednesday, 8/17/16, 2:00-3:15 ET
Presenters: Josh Kershenbaum, Esq. and Jason Fortenberry, Esq.
Description: When a child is unable or unwilling to attend school it poses uniquely difficult challenges to families and Districts alike. Excessive absenteeism is a significant concern for Districts because it can trigger Child Find, complicate eligibility determination and placement decisions and frustrate their ability to deliver services. In some cases, Districts have been required to fund residential placements (and to provide compensatory education and other relief) based on their failure to refer an excessively absent student for an evaluation or to address the absenteeism in an IEP. At the same time, ·excessive absenteeism wreaks havoc in the home forcing parents to choose between work and childcare and pitting parents against their children. This session provides practical and effective strategies for avoiding and breaking the educational and legal stalemates that so often arise in these exceptionally challenging cases.
2.3 Educational Benefit Standards
Date/Time: TBD, 2:00-3:15 ET
Presenter: Judith Gran, Esq.
2.4 But Her Grades are Fine: Proving Adverse Educational Performance
Date: Thursday, 9/1/16, 2:00-3:15 ET
Presenters: Charles Fox, Esq. and Julie Welsh, Esq.
Description: This session explores the difficulties of proving adverse educational performance, especially for academically gifted, but emotionally disordered students; overachieving students; frequently absent students and “wallflowers.” A wide variety of case law and the minimal guidance from OSEP are reviewed, along with possible strategies for combatting school district tendencies to focus strictly on academics, using state school codes and Common Core Standards. This presentation intends to help parents and advocates overcome school districts’ tendencies to focus strictly on academic progress at the expense of educating and servicing students to become fully functional, emotionally stable, communicative adults.
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