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Pre-Conference Sessions occur on the Thursday and Friday prior to the official conference opening session, which is on Friday March 10, 2018 at 5:15 PM.  There is an additional fee to participate. 

Click on the session title to learn more. 

 

Session#

Thursday March 9th

Friday

March 10th

Presenter(s)

Intended Audience

P-1

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Two Days

New Attorney Skills Training: Special Education Law, Procedure and Strategy – Day 1

New Attorney Skills Training: Special Education Law, Procedure and Strategy – Day 2

Selene Almazan

Jodi Siegel

Dawn Smith

Attorney

P-2
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Two Days

Impartial Due Process Hearing Training – Day 1

Impartial Due Process Hearing Training – Day 1

Jennifer D. Laviano

Craig Goodmark

Wayne Steedman

Attorney

P-3

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Two Days

Advocacy 101: Conflict Resolution: Tools and Strategies to Make IDEA Work for Parents & Students – Day 1

Advocacy 101: Conflict Resolution: Tools and Strategies to Make IDEA Work for Parents & Students – Day 2

Melissa Alexander

Catherine M. Michael

All

P-4

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Two Days

Advanced Advocate Training: Representing Parents in Impartial Hearings Day 1

Advanced Advocate Training: Representing Parents in Impartial Hearings Day 2

Barbara J. Ebenstein

Jean Marie Brescia

Advocate

NEW THIS YEAR – Attend this session and others during the conference for an Advanced Advocate Training Certificate

P-5

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Two Days

My Child has a Diagnosis, Now What? – Day 1

My Child has a Diagnosis, Now What? – Day 2

David Jefferson

Alexis Casillas

Sophia Bliziotis

Jennifer Gatt

Related Professional

Parent

T-1

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

One Day

To IEP and Beyond: Using Your Advocacy Skills & Tools Before, During and After the IEP

 

Mandy Favaloro

Carolina Watts

Advocate

NEW THIS YEAR – Attend this session and others during the conference for an Advanced Advocate Training Certificate

T-2

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

One Day

Appellate Litigation: A Roadmap to Winning IDEA Cases on Appeal

 

Alice Nelson

Ellen Saideman

Attorney

T-3

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

One Day

Ensuring the Student with Autism is Receiving FAPE Under Both IDEA and Section 504.

 

Hillary Freeman

Bobbie Gallagher

Attorney

Advocate

Related Professional

T-4

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

One Day

Transition Advocacy for all Students

 

Mark Kamleiter

Andrea MacIntire

Deborah Campbell

 

All

T-5.1
One Half-Day

9:00-12:30 AM

WIOA, IDEA, the ADA and Olmstead: How to Advance Those Tools Together in Your Advocacy

 

Regina Kline

Eve Hill

Curtis Richards

 

All

T-5.2

Half-Day

1:30- 5:00 PM

Fry v. Napoleon Cmty Schools and Its Impact on Exhaustion of Civil Rights Claims

 

Catherine Merino Reisman

Sarah Zuba

Attorney

F.1

 

Baselines, Bell Curves, Batteries, and Bias: Making Sense of Educational Assessments So You Can Make Sensible Individualized Educational Programs

Ann Simun

Sandra Dixon Shove

All

NEW THIS YEAR – Attend this session and others during the conference for an Advanced Advocate Training Certificate

F.2

 

Federal Litigation of IDEA and Related Claims: An Attorney Workshop of a Walk Through the Cases

Jonathan Zimring

Mark Martin

 

Attorney

F.3

 

Levering Brain Science and Technology to Win!

William Porta

All

F.4

 

Parent Preliminaries: An Overview of What to Expect for Parents in the Special Education World

Dana Jonson

Audra Mae Talbot

Parent

F.5.1
9:00 AM– 12:30 PM

 

 

Neuropsychological Assessments of Students with Complex Trauma: Helping Developing Brains Get Back on Track

Stephanie Monaghan-Blout, Psy.D.

All

NEW THIS YEAR – Attend this session and others during the conference for an Advanced Advocate Training Certificate

F.5.2

1:30 PM – 5:00 PM

 

 

Trauma Informed Advocacy, Programming and Representation

Josh Kershenbaum

Maria Vetter

All

NEW THIS YEAR – Attend this session and others during the conference for an Advanced Advocate Training Certificate

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