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2013 Summer Webinar Series
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A five Session Series of webinars on a variety of topics regarding advocacy for children with disabilities. Registrants are welcome to participate in one or the entire series of sessions. Yearly Subscriptions also available.

6/4/2013 to 8/28/2013
When: 5 Session Series - Dates are Below
Where: Webinar Virtual Classroom
Contact: COPAA Training Committee

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Summer Webinar Series

COPAA is offering five webinars  as part of this summer series. You are welcome to register for individual sessions or for the entire series of sessions. 

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If you are unable to participate in any of the sessions live, or if a session has already occured, you will receive a recorded copy of the session and all handouts.

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The 2013 Summer Webinar Series includes the following sessions:

June 4, 2013 
Executive Functions: Their Impact on Learning and Solutions for Remediation
Presented by: Ann McCarthy and Laurie Markus, Esq.

Description: Are you advocating for a child who struggles to pace himself, becomes easily distracted, forgets to write down assignments, has difficulty getting started on tasks, becomes overwhelmed, or performs inconsistently? If so, this child may have deficits in executive functioning which impact his or her learning. Executive functioning deficits are often intertwined with a wide range of disabilities and have an adverse impact on a child’s ability to be successful at school. Education advocates Ann McCarthy and Laurie Markus will demystify the term 'executive functioning' by explaining in practical terms what it is and how it impacts school functioning. Based on their collaboration with the diagnostic and executive functions coaching teams at The Southfield Center for Development in Darien, CT, they will discuss best practice with regard to the evaluation of executive functioning, and how to turn the results of key assessments into action plans for parents and educators. Ann and Laurie will share both their success stories and bumps in the road with regard to incorporating executive functioning remediation into IEPs. They will discuss how (and when) executive functioning deficits should be addressed via an IEP or a 504 Plan.

June 18, 2013 
Rethinking the Manifestation Determination Review Process
Presented by: Jennifer R. Fee, Esq.

Description: When a school proposes the disciplinary removal of a student with special needs for more than 10 days, the school must first hold a Manifestation Determination Review meeting. This review process is designed to provide a safeguard to children with special needs to ensure that the school does not excessively punish those children who are misbehaving as a direct result of their disability. If this causal connection can be established, a school cannot issue a removal and must instead provide appropriate behavioral supports and services. In this panel, we will explore the inherent problems with the review process as it currently exists and propose solutions that would provide meaningful protections for children with special needs who have behavioral issues.
June 26, 2013
What is Methodology? What is FAPE?
Presented by: Andrew Feinstein, Esq. and Caroline Heller, Esq.

Description: The Rowley court told us "questions of methodology are for resolution by the States,” which has been interpreted to mean that schools decide how kids are taught. Where does the school’s unbridled discretion end and issues of FAPE begin?
July 10, 2013
2012 Court of Appeals Year in Review
Presented by Judith Gran, Esq.

Description:  This session is presented by one of the nations foremost legal experts on issues involving persons with disabilities.  Judith reviews her annual look at case trends and discusses the implications for practice. Participants will recieve the document: 2012: THE YEAR IN REVIEW CASES DECIDED BY THE UNITED STATES COURTS OF APPEAL UNDER THE INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES EDUCATION ACT AND RELATED STATUTES. Case summaries and an analysis of the impact and trends by topic and circuit are presented. This is a must-know for special education legal advocates.

RESCHEDULED DATE: Wednesday, 8/28, 2013
Planning Litigation Strategies for the 21st Century
Presented by: Jonathan Zimring, Esq, Selene Almazan, Esq. and Catherine Merino Reisman, Esq.

Description: Following Jonathan Zimring’s well-received presentation at COPAA's conference, a work group convened to examine differences between the Act’s history and meaning and its current implementation and to create a plan of action to address the movement away from the core civil rights protections of IDEA. This webinar will present recommendations for a coordinated litigation strategy for special education.

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