Special Education Symposium Topics

Topics for Fall 2017

Here and Now: Endrew F. and the Shifting Standard of FAPE

This past March, the U.S. Supreme Court redefined the IDEA's standard of FAPE in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District, a case that impacts all special educators. Over the past several months, courts and the Office of Administrative Hearings have grappled with interpreting the new FAPE standard in resolving IEP disputes. Our leadoff presentation examines both the Endrew F. decision and its recent judicial and due process applications in areas that include progress reporting, goal development, provision of services, addressing behavior, offering an appropriate placement, and more. We will also focus on the practical significance of Endrew F. for IEP teams in developing legally compliant programs for students with disabilities. 

All Things Considered: Serving Students with Dyslexia

Dyslexia - the most commom learning disability - has recently become one of the hottest topics in special education law, not only in California but across the country. Through an in-depth look at a few selected OAH decisions in this rapidly expanding area of litigation, we focus on some of the most problematic issues for IEP teams, both in determining eligibility and providing services for students diagnosed with dyslexia. This session imparts important lessons for school staff and administrators, along with several practical compliance takeaways.

Spotlight on Practice: Avoiding Common IEP Mistakes

From predeterminatin to lack of measureable goals to improper notice to unclear placement offers, the IEP process is fraught with the potential for mistakes. This session outlines some of the most common procedural and substative errors that can ultimately result in time-consuming due process litigation and possibly a denial of FAPE. More importantly, however, we will offer several practice pointers and compliance strategies so that IEP teams can take the necessary proactive steps to avoid these mistakes before they occur.

Legal Update

This highly popular session brings you everything you need to know about the latest developments in special education law, including an overview of important new decisions during 2017 from OAH, along with key court rulings, recent federal guidance, and noteworthy legislative updates.

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