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2019 Webinar Series

COPAA's Training Committee conducts live webinars throughout the year and the database has access to over 90+ 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.

You may purchase the 2019 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, Series 3, Series 4
  3. Individual Webinars - 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, etc.

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Series 1: Hot Topics: Raising the FAPE Standard Post Endrew F.



Holding the Fox Responsible: Enforcement of State Educational Agency’s’ FAPE Obligations Under IDEA 


Date/Time: June 18, 2019, 2:00-3:30 PM ET

Presenters: Tal Goldin

Session Description: In July, 2018, COPAA members obtained a $1.14 million dollar settlement against a school district and the state educational agency (SEA) regarding R.C., a student with a severe cognitive disability and autism who had received no educational services in almost four years. This session examines the strategies available to hold SEAs accountable for denying FAPE and explores the strategies effectively utilized by counsel for R.C. Consideration of other possible strategies to enforce SEAs ultimate obligation to ensure the provision of FAPE are also discussed. Although the R.C. case successfully demonstrated some of the strategies that will be discussed, focus of the session will not be a war story about the details of the R.C. case.


Endrew F. V. Douglas County School District RE-1: A Case for Full Inclusion


Date/Time: June 26, 2019, 2:00-3:30 PM ET

Presenter: Jack Robinson

Description: The U.S. Supreme Court in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District RE-1 established a markedly more demanding standard for determining when a school district has met its substantive obligation of providing a FAPE under the IDEA. While the Court did not directly address the IDEAs LRE requirement, Endrew F., nevertheless, establishes a legal expectation that the provision of a FAPE will involve inclusion in the regular classroom with an IEP calculated to achieve advancement from grade to grade for all children - regardless of the disability.


The Markedly More Demanding Standard: Endrew F., Z.B., N.P. and the Promise of Special Education 


Date/Time: July 2, 2019, 2:00-3:30 PM ET

Presenters: Michael J. Eig, Rich Weinfeld, Paula RosenstockMeghan Probert and Jennifer Engel Fisher

Session Description: The presenters discuss the impact of Endrew F. through presentation of two recent cases, one which deals with a twice-exceptional student and the other from the D.C. Circuit Court, and the need for consideration of meaningful progress, mastery of IEP goals and parental participation in the IEP process including a parents right to demand cogent and responsive explanations from IEP teams for its decisions and proposals.


Series 2: Building your Skills to Develop A Meaningful IEP 


Designing Meaningful IEP’s from the IEP Table 


Date/Time: July 10, 2019, 2:00-3:30 PM ET

Presenters: Gretchen Adams and Lorraine Bees

Session Description: The presentation is an interactive session for parents and newly practicing advocates discussing strategies and techniques that can be used when the IEP presented to you at the table is less than you had hoped. Participants engage in a lively discussion about how to spot issues in each section of the IEP (present levels and base line data, measurable goals, and progress reporting). In addition, the session explores ways to prepare the IEP as a team to help your child meet individualized goals to further education, employment or independent living skills.


Classroom Observations: Why They Are Important and How to Get Access for Both Parents and Experts 


Date/Time: July 17, 2019, 2:00-3:30 ET

Presenters: Ellen Saideman and Michele Scavongelli

Session Description: Classroom observations are often essential for parents to have meaningful participation in IEP meetings, credible Independent Educational Evaluations, and successful outcomes at due process hearings. This session provides practical tips on obtaining useful classroom observations.


An “A.A.” How To: How to Make “Appropriately Ambitious” IEPs 


Date/Time: July 24, 2019, 2:00-3:30 PM ET

Presenters: David Tollner, Sarah Fairchild, Amanda O’Neal and James Sibley

Session Description: Developing an appropriately ambitious IEP is a "fact-intensive" exercise. The Endrew F. Court provided guidance that an appropriate IEP is developed only after careful consideration of the child's present levels of achievement, disability, and potential for growth. Endrew F., 137 S.Ct. at 999. This session provides guidance in finding documents and data necessary to developing an appropriately ambitious IEP.


Improving literacy outcomes for student with Intellectual Disabilities: Assessment to Intervention 


Date/Time: July 31, 2019, 2:00-3:30 PM ET

Presenter: Kathleen Whitbread

Session Description: The past decade has seen an increase in studies examining effective reading instruction for students with Intellectual Disabilities. The research consistently highlights the importance of systematic, explicit instruction delivered with sufficient intensity to effect progress in a reasonable time period. This session explores how this research translates to practice, including appropriate assessment techniques for students with limited verbal language.


Series 3: Review, Learn, and Use Decisions for Best Outcomes in Your Advocacy and Case Preparation


The Top 40 Chart-Topping District Court Decision of 2018        


Date/Time: August 8, 2019, 2:00-3:30 PM ET

Presenters: Richard O’Meara and Rachel Sears

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. It is important 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 2018. We focus 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.


2018 Case Law Review


Date/Time: August 14, 2019, 2:00-3:30 PM ET: RESCHEDULED DATE: 10/9/19 2:00 ET

Presenter: Judith Gran

Session Description: 2018 The year in review cases decided by the United States courts of appeals under the individuals with disabilities education act and related statutes.


Making Your Voice Heard on Policy Issues: Effective Use of Stories and the Media 


Date/Time: August 22, 2019, 2:00-3:30 PM ET

Presenters: Julie Swanson and Michelle Groogan

Description: One of the most effective means to affect policy chance is through telling your story. This interactive session features information on COPAA’s policy priorities and the basics of interfacing with media to spread awareness of special education issues nationally and locally. A Media Toolkit developed by the Media Relations Committee is provided.


Addressing Systemic School Bias 

Date/Time: September 4, 2019, 2:00-3:30

Presenters: David Jefferson and Shenikwa Medlock

Description: For far too long, as evidenced by the Civil Rights Data Collection (CDRC) and decades of research, states and districts have looked the other way while students of color are over- and under- identified for special education services, mis-assigned to more restrictive settings, and discipline with harsh practices such as suspension and expulsion; each its own form of discrimination. The Equity in IDEA regulations (now in effect following COPAA's prevailing decision in D.C. Circuit Court on March 7th, 2019) require States to update their method in determining which of their school districts may be engaging in unlawful practices that result in significantly disproportionate numbers of students of color being inappropriately identified as students with disabilities, being placed in inappropriate educational settings and being inappropriately suspended, expelled, secluded and restrained.  This session focuses on the need to understand the impact systemic bias has on the ability of children of color and children with disabilities to achieve equity. Presenters will discuss bias-based beliefs in education practice and need for inquiry and interpretation to examine and monitor data for reduction of these beliefs in school improvement (by looking at such things as differential implementation of referral processes or policies, inappropriate approaches to behavior management, inadequate or inappropriate framing of zero tolerance; limited interventions and supports for teams implementing these interventions.

Series 4: Key Rules and Processes Under the Law and How to Apply in Practice


Recovering Attorney’s Fees: The Fight for Full Recoveries 


Date/Time: August 28, 2019, 2:00-3:30 PM ET

Presenters: Roy Atwood and Benjamin Hinerfeld

Session Description: The fee shifting provision in the IDEA is intended to facilitate a plaintiffs access to the courts; protecting the plaintiffs civil rights by providing compensation sufficient to attract competent counsel. Unfortunately, courts have ignored Congressional intent. This presentation is directed assisting attorneys with arguments to fight for the fee recoveries that allow effective representation and practical tips to enhance your chances of success with fee applications.


A DIY Mediation Kit for Parents, Advocates and Attorneys


Date/Time: September 11, 2019, 2:00-3:30 PM ET  RESCHEDULE: 10/22/19, 2:00-3:30 ET 

Presenters: Jane DuBovy and Marc Levine

Session Description: The session is intended to help participants understand the mediation process and how to better prepare, organize, and argue their cases at IDR and Due Process mediations. Charts for compensatory education and reimbursements are supplied and explained. Approaches as to how compensatory education hours are determined and when to include transportation and other services, as part of the negotiations are discussed. Participants learn how to properly organize issues in order of importance along with how to present information at the mediation.


IDEA Statute of Limitations: Looking Beyond Two Years


Date/Time: September 17, 2019, 2:00-3:30 PM ET

Presenters: Verity Sandell and Jamie Schulte

Session Description: The IDEA Statute of Limitations is two years from when a parent knew or should have known of a violation, unless a state provides another timeline. Often, this has been interpreted as an occurrence rule, limiting inclusion of claims to those occurring two years before the filing of the complaint. However, the rule is a discovery rule, allowing filing of claims up to two years after a claim was discovered, even if it occurrence several years prior. This session reviews applicable case law on what is included in the statute of limitations and discusses exceptions to that statue of limitations that may allow tolling.


What Special Education Advocates Need to Understand About the Unauthorized Practice of Law


Date/Time: October 2, 2019, 2:00-3:30

Presenters: Denise Marshall and BJ Ebenstein

Session Description: This interactive session explores the issue of the Unauthorized Practice of Law as it applies to Special Education Advocates.   Participants will discuss what constitutes the practice of law; applicable provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and guidance from the Department of Education.  Also discussed are examples of state statutes and relevant cases.



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