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2020 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 2020 Webinar Series in any of the follow ways:

  1. Annual Subscription - Includes all webinars below and all archived webinars
  2. Webinar Series 1 - Includes 1.1, 1.2, 1.3
  3. Webinar Series 2 & 3 - Includes 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5

Series 1: 2020 Hot Topics (no cost for COPAA Members)



How to Measure Student Progress


Date/Time: August 6, 2020, 2:00-3:15 PM ET

Presenters: Mark Martin, Esq.; Law Offices of Mark B. Martin

Session Description: This session reviews strategies for measuring student progress in order to determine appropriate goals, placement and services. The discussion includes how to assess progress with remote as well as in school instruction..

  1.2 COVID and Determining Compensatory Services

Date/Time: August 13, 2:00-3:15 PM ET

Presenter: Selene Almazan, Esq.; Ellen Saideman, Esq.; Andrew Feinstein, Esq.

Description: This session includes a definition of Compensatory Services, a review of COPAA’s position statement of use during COVID-19 and an accompanying FAQ document. Presenters will also touch on utilizing the State Complaint process to address denials of a FAPE and discriminatory treatment during the COVID-19 period.


Police-Free Schools Movement -- What is Happening and Why?


Date/Time: September 15, 2020, 2:00-3:15 PM ET

Presenters: Miriam Rollin, The National Youth Law Center; Jessica Alcantara, The Advancement Project ; Laura Kaloi, COPAA Policy Advisor, Stride Policy Solutions

Session Description: This session presents information on the current Police-Free Schools movement, including research and policy positions of COPAA and other national organizations. Implications for policy at the state and federal levels are also discussed.


Series 2: Effective Advocacy 


Skills for Effective Parent Advocacy: Taking Advocacy to the Next Level


Date/Time: August 5, 2020, 2:00-3:15 PM ET

Presenters: Maria Blaeuer, Esq. and Stacey K. Eunnae, Esq.; Advocates for Justice and Education, Inc. (AJE)

Session Description:  In this session, participants are introduced to the fundamentals of advocacy, giving parents and professionals a chance to practice effective communication, meeting and negotiating techniques. Further, participants learn how to take their advocacy to the next level by transforming truths into talking points, speaking truth to power in multiple forums (e.g. community meetings, local legislative bodies, state agencies, social media) and changing systems through collective action.


Trauma and Learning: The impact of trauma on learning and how to effectively advocate for the student’s needs


Date/Time: August 12, 2020, 2:00-3:15 ET

Presenters: Sondra Kaplan, LCSW Clinical Social Worker; Louis H. Geigerman, President and Founder of National ARD/IEP Advocates

Session Description: School shootings, natural disasters, and abuse at home – and now COVID-19 closures are a common occurrence in our daily media exposure. Our children and the adults who help them are ill- equipped to cope with these traumatic events. This presentation examines trauma and the student’s needs and effective interventions required under Section 504 and IDEA


The Role and Power Of Independent Evaluations – How To Critically Evaluate And Use Independent Evaluations And Test Data To Secure Appropriate Placements And Services


Date/Time: August 27, 2:00-3:15 PM ET

Presenters: Matt Cohen, Esq., Brad Dembs, Esq., Elizabeth Hooper, Advocate and Educational Consultant; Matt Cohen and Associates

Session Description: Session provides information on types of independent evaluations, their potential use as evidence and as a tool for settlement, and how to evaluate test data and evaluations and position them for maximum impact.


How to Speak So Schools Will Listen: Strategies for Collaborative, Effective, and Successful IEP Meetings


Date/Time: September 22, 2020, 2:00-3:15 PM ET

Presenter: Jennifer Engel Fisher, M.S. Weinfeld Education Group; Ashley VanCleef, Esq.

Session Description: Do you ever feel members of the IEP Team are not listening or understanding you? Do have effective methods to document and communicate what the student needs? This session will empower participants use a variety of techniques to ensure collaborative, effective, and successful IEP meetings by presenters who have worked on both sides of the IEP table. This session will address issues relevant to understanding the perspectives of all members of the IEP team to effectively advocate for students and avoid costly mistakes, including those seen in case law. This presentation will also include how to effectively communicate using remote tools during COVID-19 school building closures.


Series 3: Build Up Your Legal Advocacy Toolbox


The State of the Twice Exceptional: Potential, Challenge and Where Endrew F. Should Take Us 


Date/Time: September 8, 2020, 2:00-3:15 PM ET

Presenters: Michael Eig, Esq., Michael J. Eig and Associates; Rich Weinfeld, Weinfeld Education Group

Session Description: The presenters discuss the growing recognition of students who are Twice Exceptional (“2E”) including the impact of Endrew F., on the 2E population. The presenters will provide an overview of Endrew F. explaining specifically how the Supreme Court’s language helps attorney, parents and advocates focus school systems on both the identification of 2E students, and consideration of progress in light of their potential and unique circumstances.


FBAs and BIPs: Obtaining a Quality Evaluation and Using It to Make Your Case


Date/Time: September 30, 2020, 2:00-3:15 PM ET

Presenter: Michele G. Scavongelli, Esq. Senior Counsel The EdLaw Project.; Lindsey Snider, BCBA Proven Behavior Solutions

Session Description: Functional Behavior Assessments (FBAs) and Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs) are instrumental in understanding why a child is engaging in a challenging behavior and providing an effective treatment plan to replace the behavior with new skills. In this session, jointly led by an experienced BCBA and a special education attorney, attendees will learn their legal rights for securing an FBA, what makes a quality FBA and BIP, and how these tools can be used to advocate for necessary services and placements for students with a wide range of disabilities.


Ethics for Special Education Attorneys


Date/Time: October 7, 2020, 2:00-3:15 PM ET

Presenters: Jodi Siegel, Esq., Chelsea Dunn, Esq., Simone Chriss, Esq. Southern Legal Counsel

Description: Ethical issues often arise in representing parents and students in special education proceedings. Through presentation and interactive styles, this session provides in-depth information in three pertinent areas: client-lawyer relationship, cultural competence, and attorneys’ fees.


Civil Rights Damages in Special Education Cases


Date/Time: October 13, 2020, 2:00-3:15 PM ET

Presenters: Marcy J.K. Tiffany, Tiffany Law Group, P.C.

Description: Learn how to identify potential civil rights issues in special education cases, as well as the legal and procedural requirements for pursuing damages under the various civil rights statutes.


Year In Review 


Date/Time: October 20, 2020, 2:00-3:15 PM ET

Presenters: Judith Gran, Esq., Reisman, Carolla, Gran, Zuba LLP

Session Description: Year in Review.



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