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2018 Webinar Series

COPAA's Training Committee conducts live webinars throughout the year and the database has access to over 75 + archived sessions. Webinars provide meaningful training on a wide variety of topics to attorneys, advocates, related professionals, who represent students with disabilities, as well as parents and students. WebEx Event Center connects COPAA speakers with participants for real-time, online webinars or on-demand recorded presentations. Webinars are convenience cost effective training delivered to you on your closest computer.

2018 Series approved for up to 15 CLE Hours!

You may purchase the 2018 Webinar Series in any of the follow ways:

  1. Annual Subscription - Includes all webinars below and all archived webinars
  2. Webinar Series - Series 1, Series 2, or Series 3, below
  3. Individual Webinars - 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, etc.
Series 1: Endrew F., Things you need to know and how to best use this Supreme Court Decision in your advocacy


Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District RE-1, The Establishment - and Its Impact - of a Substantive Standard for a FAPE

    Date/Time: 6/28/18, 2:00-3:15 ET
Presenter: Jack D. Robinson, Esq.
Session Description: The Supreme Court's recent decision in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District RE-1 established, for the first time, a standard for determining when a school district has meet its substantive obligation of providing a FAPE under the IDEA. Presented by Counsel of Record for Endrew F., this session explores the creation of this new standard, discuss its meaning, and examines how the standard is likely to be applied in IEPs, administrative hearings and civil actions.


The Endrew Decision: What Does It Mean for Systemic Litigation?

    Date/Time: 7/10/18, 2:00-3:15 ET
Presenters: Lewis Bossing and Mark Weber
Session Description: The Supreme Court's decision in Endrew F. announced a new, markedly more demanding standard for FAPE under the IDEA. How should Endrew F. inform advocacy to ensure that all students with disabilities make progress toward ambitious academic and post-secondary goals? The presenters analyze Endrew and its progeny, and make the case for systemic advocacy to ensure that school districts implement schoolwide approaches to helping all students reach high achievement goals.

Building IEPs to Meet the Endrew F. Standard

    Date/Time:  7/18/17, 2:00-3:15 ET
Presenter: Lisa Fagan, Esq.
Session Description: This session informs parents and advocates on how to develop an analytical approach to drafting appropriately challenging IEP goals, determining the rate of skill acquisition for their child, how to monitor progress and, if necessary, provide a basis for a claim against the LEA for failure to provide FAPE following the Endrew decision.

Reviewing Timothy W. After Endrew: Meaningful Related Services for Students with Significant Disabilities

    Date/Time: 7/25/18, 2:00-3:15 ET
Presenters: Rebecca Diddams and Alex Tracosas (may be Rebecca solo)
Session Description: How to respond to denials or inadequate offers of Language and Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy for students with multiple or severe disabilities. Learn the true extent of the educational/medical model split, and gain useful tools to argue for service eligibility and increased service time under the "appropriately ambitious" standard.
Series 2: Annual Case Law Reviews and Related Legal Topics

The Top 40-Chart-Topping District Court Decisions of 2017

    Date/Time: 8/15/18, 2:00-3:15 ET
Presenters: Richard O’Meara, Esq. and Amy Phalon, Esq.
Session Description: IDEA hearing decisions initially are reviewed by the federal district courts, and U.S. district judges also handle most cases that raise discrimination or retaliation claims under section 504, the ADA, Title IX, or the First Amendment. So, we all need to focus on how the district courts have been addressing the issues of most importance to our practices. The presenters offer a somewhat lighthearted, but seriously important, survey of the district courts "hit parade" of decisions handed down in 2017. The focus is on what we believe to be the 40 best district court decisions that should be cited and quoted by attorneys and advocates representing children with disabilities.

Annual Federal Case Law Review

    Date/Time: 8/22/18, 2:00-3:15 ET
Presented by: Judith Gran, Esq.
Session Description: 2017: The year in review cases decided by the United States courts of appeals under the individuals with disabilities education act and related statutes.

When School Attorneys Attack

    Pending Date/Time: 8/28/18, 2:00-3:15 ET
Presenters: Sonja Kerr, Esq. and Dorene Philpot, Esq.
Session Description: IDEA hearings were not originally envisioned as fights to the death, rather cases that were more informal and focused on the children at issue. Instead, at times, IDEA hearings have become all-out war in a way that most practitioners have never envisioned. Abuses can include personal and professional attacks, abuse of discovery, lack of cooperation on even the most mundane issues which escalates the time and costs and which can create unnecessary and burdensome delays. It can also lead to practitioners leaving the special education area of practice. The presenters provide a format for discussion of the types of tactics that attorneys in this area of law have encountered and strategies that have been used successfully to combat such behavior.

Put It on Paper: Draft a Solid Settlement Agreement with No Regrets

    Date/Time: 8/30/18, 2:00-3:15 ET
Presenters: Helen Ghio and Cara Lucier
Session Description: Once the parties decide on the substance of a settlement it needs to be put it in writing. Learn from transactional and special education attorneys how not to get tricked by the school district's settlement agreement template. Discussion includes real life cases, releases, logistics of remedies, enforceability, conditions, confidentiality, general provisions, and more.
Series 3: Load Up your Advocacy Toolbox; Knowledge is Power!

Obtaining Quality Independent Education Evaluations: Practical Advocacy Tips

    Date/Time: 9/13/18, 2:00-3:15 ET
Presenters: Ellen Saideman, Esq. and Michelle Scavongelli, Esq.
Session Description: To win a dispute with a school district, parents need an expert with the firepower to match the opposition. For most parents, using IDEA to gain school district funding of an Independent Education Evaluation (IEE) is necessary to obtain such an expert. This session provides practical tips on how to obtaining a quality IEE despite school district opposition.

Charter Schools and Special Education: Common Problems and Advocacy Strategies to Ensure Students with Disabilities Receive their Education

    Date/Time: 9/5/18, 2:00-3:15 ET
Presenters: Eden Heilman and Jennifer Coco, Esq.
Session Description: Coming soon!

Challenging Racial Disparities in Special Education

    Presenters: David Jefferson and Shenikwa Medlock
Date/Time: 0/18/, 9/19, or 9/20/18, 2:00-3:15 ET
Session Description: This session explores how disproportionality affects students of color, and how racial disparities within special education are part of a larger system that unfairly targets this population, preventing access to an equal education. Included is a historical perspective on (the lack of) racial justice within the special education system and strategies on how advocates and attorneys can use this knowledge to effect long term systemic change.

More than Just a Number: Myths, Facts, and Effective Uses of Cognitive Testing

    Date/Time: 9/25/18, 2:00-3:15 ET
Presenters: Dr. Ann Simum and Sandra Shove
Session Description: When considering a student's academic and functional needs, accurate cognitive assessment is essential. However, misinterpretation and misuse of IQ tests and other cognitive measures, combined with fear of having low scores recorded in a student's permanent educational record, often leads decision-makers to limit cognitive testing. This session explores the information teams need to plan effectively.



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