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2015 Webinar Series 3: Addressing Behavioral and Emotional Needs of Students
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This is a multiple session series of webinar training on topics on behavioral and emotional needs of students. Presenters share their in-depth knowledge on this subject matter. 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.

8/18/2015 to 10/22/2015
When: Multi Session Series - Dates are Below
Where: Webinar Virtual Classroom
Contact: COPAA Training Committee

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COPAA 2015 Webinar Series 3:  This is a multiple session series of webinar training on topics regarding behavioral and emotional needs of students. Presenters share their in-depth knowledge on this subject matter. Registrants are welcome to participate in the entire series for a discounted price or individual webinars. Yearly Subscriptions are also available

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*CLE Credit Hours Pending Approval for Live Sessions

** All webinars are recorded and playback information is provided to all registrants. 

Webinar Series 3: Addressing Behavioral and Emotional Needs of Students 

B.1 Succeeding in Manifestation Determination Reviews: A Step-by-Step Approach for Obtaining the Best Result 


Date: Tuesday, 8/18/15, 2:00-3:15 ET

Presenters: Michele Savongelli, Esq. and Marlies Spanjaard, Esq.

Description: Special education students are disproportionately disciplined and excluded from school. Usually the basis for the disciplinary action is behavior that is a manifestation of the student’s disability.  In this session, we present a step-by-step approach to effectively challenge these exclusions at the Manifestation Determination Review.


B.2 Representing the Non-Attending Student


Date: Thursday, 8/27, 2:00-3:15 ET

Presenters: Charles Fox, Esq. and Julie Welsh, Esq.

Description: This session explores the issue of school refusal and non-attendance.  They examine the wide variety of case law on the topic of obtaining special education services for the non-attending student with a focus on emotional disorders and school accountability and responsibility for student attendance.  They will also provide practical practice tips throughout the advocacy process. 


B.3 Advocacy for Children with Behavior Problems


Date: Wednesday, 9/9/15, 2:00-3:15 ET

Presenter: Mark Kamleiter, Esq.

Description: This presentation will demonstrate how to proactively develop positive behavioral and educational plans which will allow disabled children to succeed both behaviorally and educationally.  The interactive workshop is designed to develop effective behavioral problem-solving skills, covering Functional Behavior Assessments and other evaluations, Positive Behavior Support Plans, and other important behavioral issues.


B.4 When Residential Placement is Necessary for FAPE:  Understanding the Standard to Win at Hearing

Date: Tuesday, 9/15/15, 2:00-3:15 ET

Presenters: Marlies Spanjaard, Esq. and Michele Scanongeli, Esq.

Description: For some children, the least restrictive environment in which they can access their education is a residential placement.  These placements are expensive, and it is often difficult to get a school district to agree to place a child in a residential setting without a due process hearing.  This session will discuss the standard for residential placements and discuss advocacy strategies to win at a due process hearing. 


B.5 The Impact of Emotional Disturbances on Academic Functioning: A Review of the Risk and Protective Factors

Date: Wednesday, 9/30/15, 2:00-3:15 ET

Presenter: Dr. Lauren Stevenson

Description: This presentation reviews the types of mental health and behavior problems most commonly observed in schools, and identifies which specific problems and combination of problems most strongly predict academic achievement. We also review the risk and protective factors that mediate the relationship between mental health and behavior problems and academic achievement.


B.6 Advocating for Effective School Discipline


Date: Thursday, 10/15/15, 2:00-3:15 ET

Presenters: Lisa Sryon and Stefanie Shabman. Esq.

Description: “Disciplinary problems” are often the tip of an iceberg that encompasses a child’s need for behavioral or social skills training, inadequate or inappropriate special education services, the need for community services, and/or a school climate that focuses on suspensions rather than problem solving. In this session, we will present individual and policy advocacy strategies to move from discipline to solutions.


B.7 Evaluating FBAs and BIPs for Legal Compliance and Components to Support Behavior Change

Date: Thursday, 10/22/15, 2:00-3:15 ET

Presenters: Dr. Anne McLaulin and Cheryl Steedman, Esq.

Description: Functional Behavior Assessments (FBAs) and Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs) have long been required for students whose behavior results in disciplinary changes in educational placement; developments in law and policy have helped to expand their application and purpose to other instances where behavior adversely impacts learning. Participants will learn how the IDEA addresses—and fails to address—efficacious use of these tools for students with disabilities, and explore the gap between legal guidelines and professional standards applied to their administration and implementation. Participants will examine actual FBAs and BIPs in order to demonstrate understanding of necessary components to support behavior change, and will explore how components of the student’s IEP can document the need for on-going behavioral intervention and support. Participants will also learn practical ways to evaluate the appropriateness of the FBA and the effectiveness of the BIP in order to ensure the provision of appropriate services, accommodations, and placement and to protect the legal rights of the student.

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