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F3 attorneys deliver sessions at the 2013 Association of California School Administrator's (ACSA) Every Child Counts Student Services Annual Conference. Click for links to workshop materials.

Last month, the Association of California School Administrators' (ACSA) Every Child Counts Student Services Annual Conference brought together education professionals and special education practitioners from across the state to hear the latest information on student services, state funding, case law and the legal implications of programs and service models.  Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost (F3) was proud to deliver eleven sessions.   F3 attorneys’ workshop descriptions and links to materials are provided below.

In addition to supporting the conference through speakers and legal content, F3 was delighted to provide the honorarium for author and guest speaker, Daniel Siegel.  

“I was thrilled to introduce Dr. Daniel Siegel to all conference attendees," said Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost partner Howard Fulfrost.  "Dr. Siegel's work is a recognized prominent voice among academics and practitioners who focus on brain research and mindfulness.  His address offered conference attendees an insightful glimpse into the brain's role in processing life experiences.  His work has important implications for educators."  

  • Mental Illness and Residential Placements, presented by Howard J. Fulfrost, F3 partner.  As school districts continue to accept responsibility for providing mental health services to students with disabilities, a panoply of issues are raised regarding the continuum of mental health service options and how to determine the nature and scope of a student’s needs for these services.
  • Moving Forward with RtI and The Paradigm Shift, presented by Cynthia D. Vargas, F3 attorney, Zhanna Preston, Special Education Director, Murietta Valley Unified School District and Dr. Becky Salato, Active Learning Systems. Addressing the definition of specialized academic instruction (SAI) and the change from SDS/RSP to and SAI model, as well as how to describe SAI services on an IEP.
  • Anti-Seizure Regulations, presented by Lenore Silverman and Shawn Olson Brown, F3 partners.  Questions and answers about regulations allowing non-medical volunteers to administer anti-seizure medication. Addressing regulation timelines and the supervisory duties of the licensed health care professionals involved in training.
  • Meeting the Individual Needs of Students with Disabilities in Non-Traditional Alternative and Specialized Programs, Brandie Rosen, Program Specialist, Las Virgenes Unified School District, and Wes Parsons, F3 partner.  As competition from charter and private schools continue to impact student enrollment, school districts now offer a variety of specialized programs that are as diverse as the student population they serve. Practical solutions to appropriately meet the needs of special education students in non-traditional, alternative and specialized programs to help ensure meaningful educational progress for your students while preserving program integrity for your school district.
  • Summertime and the Livin’s ESY, presented by Laurie Reynolds, F3 Partner. Review of the criteria for students to receive extended school year services, and what types of ESY services must be provided.  How the District handles ESY for a fully-included student, when the district no longer has a general education summer school, ESY for students in year round schools, and other equally intriguing issues as well as sharing creative ideas were covered.
  • Analyzing Eligibility Under the IDEA, presented by Karen E. Samman, F3 partner. Determination of eligibility under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act is a process that is often broadened beyond its intended targets. Misunderstanding eligibility criteria can result in over-identification of students as disabled under the IDEA and increased costs in tight budgetary times. This presentation focused on analyzing IDEA eligibility by examining eligibility criteria on the one hand and how the courts ultimately analyze it on the other.
  • Nonacademic and Extracurricular Activities: Where Does FAPE End and Access Begin? presented by Jan E. Tomsky, F3 partner. IEP teams are responsible for considering the supplementary aids and services a student needs in order to participate in extracurricular and nonacademic activities.  The struggle to understand what it means to make decisions that often, but not always, are unrelated to providing the student with FAPE were discussed.  Ms. Tomsky examined the IEP team’s role in ensuring that students with disabilities receive equal opportunities to participate in clubs, athletics, and recreational activities, as well as provided a legal overview of whether and when various activities can be a component of FAPE while proffering practical tips to assist in framing the team’s decision-making.
  • What to do When OCR Comes Knocking, presented by Anne Sherlock, F3 partner and Jessica Plitt, attorney, Office for Civil Rights. What are the first steps a school district should take when notified that a complaint has been filed with the Office for Civil Rights? Providing information directly from OCR so that we are better able to understand OCR’s process in investigating complaints, the presenters provided with guidance on responding to OCR complaints, strategies for effectively working with OCR investigators and attorneys, and the best efforts to avoid complaints. Handout, click here.
  • Responding to School-based Tragedies, presented by Howard J. Fulfrost, F3 partner, Terilyn Finders, F3 Director of Communications and Sahar Barsoum, psychologist, Las Virgenes Unified School District.  On December 14, 2012, our nation experienced the largest school-based shooting incident since the Virginia Tech rampage. Addressing the lessons learned and valuable insights gained in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting, the panel provided guidance regarding: (1) the legal implications when tragedy strikes; (2) threat assessment before and in the aftermath of violent school-based incidents; and (3) crisis communications--both internally and externally--that instill community confidence in your school district and its leadership.
  • The Changing Faces of Comprehensive Programs for Students with Autism: From Exclusion to Inclusion to Individualized Programming, presented by Assistant Superintendent, Las Virgenes Unified School District, Mary Schillinger, Program Specialist, LVUSD, Brandi Rosen, Jan Tomsky and Wes Parsons, F3 partners.  This experienced team of legal experts and program practitioners provided recent legal information and practical solutions for your programs for students with autism. 
  • Advanced Section 504 Training presented by Diane Marshall-Freeman, F3 partner and Rebecca Feil, F3 attorney.   Review of the legal requirements of Section 504 and an interactive “difficult” Section 504 meeting helped attendees learn appropriate responses, next steps, what to know and how to prepare for a Section 504 grievance proceeding.

Celebrate Success – F3 continues to partner with ACSA to offer a student art contest.  Winning art is featured in a note card collection.  Information on how to help your students enter next year’s contest can be found here.

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