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Compliance Series

Effective Processes Special Education Administrators Can Use to Support Your Team in Developing Legally Defensible IEPs

As the hallmark document for showing a school district’s compliance with the IDEA, a student’s IEP is naturally the central focus of most special education litigation. Based on her experience reviewing thousands of IEPs and representing school districts in IDEA litigation, School Attorney Anne Mickey will share valuable insights and processes you can implement to create a systemic approach for reviewing IEPs in your district. You’ll learn:

  • Practical solutions to improve your district’s IEP process and drafting decisions to reduce special education litigation
  • Tips and processes to identify IEP procedural compliance gaps
  • How to audit for a legally defensible IEP that reduces your district’s exposure to litigation

Recorded on November 3, 2022

Compliance Series

Key Lessons from Damages Lawsuits Under Section 504 that Every Special Education Administrator Should Know

How often have you seen special education cases result in monetary damages being awarded? That may be changing. In the past, cases involving special education students primarily focused on denials of FAPE and obtaining educational remedies for IDEA violations. More recently, however, parents of students with special needs are suing schools in federal courts for money damages under Section 504. In this session, School Attorney Jose Martín will review the three main sources of these cases: disability harassment, retaliation, and serious FAPE violations that may involve injuries to a child. As a special education administrator, you’ll learn:

  • Useful lessons on how your district can avoid these situations and the resulting potentially damaging cases
  • How your administration should respond in tandem with your IEP teams to reports of disability-based harassment
  • How you should train your administration and IEP teams to promptly investigate and take action when staff act improperly with respect to students with disabilities
  • How to prevent retaliation claims from arising after parents engage in protected advocacy actions

Recorded on October 19, 2022

Compliance Series

The Leader’s Guide to Appropriate IEPs for Students with Attendance Problems

An increasingly vexing problem for special education administrators is the dilemma of students with disabilities who are excessively absent from school or resistant to school work. The problem inherently impacts the students’ progress and is challenging to address. In this session, School Attorney Jose Martín will provide actionable takeaways about:

  • Common decision-making pitfalls made in the IEP process for school-avoidant students that administrators should regularly look for
  • How specially designed instruction will look different for school-avoidant students than traditional academic assistance
  • Ideas administrators can implement for IEP goals to address attendance and work refusal
  • The role of counseling and behavior intervention plans
  • The role of truancy actions under state laws

Recorded on September 22, 2022

Best Practice Series

A New Blueprint for Administrators: Designing for Special Education Outcomes, Not Outputs

Do you ever wonder if you’re measuring the right things for your special education department? With so much paperwork and pressure, it’s easy to feel like the outputs are the focus rather than outcomes, and you’re not alone!

In this session, Katie Novak will walk you through an effective step-by-step process you can use to help your department design for outcome data—not output data—that includes new approaches to focus groups with teachers, survey data from parents, and changes in eligibility or referrals based on updated procedures. You’ll learn how to:

  • Design action plans with clear outcome data, data cycles, and communication plans to increase transparency and maximize outcomes
  • Universally design improvement goals
  • Compare and contrast outputs and outcome data
  • Practice transforming goals to reflect outcomes instead of outputs using the principles of UDL

Recorded on September 8, 2022

Best Practice Series

How You Can Help Your Special Education Staff Address Unconscious Bias in Your Schools

Every hour in schools, special educators make decisions that have consequences for students. Many of these decisions—often quick and instinctive—are unconsciously influenced by racial bias. In order to help all students succeed, it’s essential to help your special education team understand the phenomenon of unconscious bias, how it can show up in your schools, and how it can impact students. In this session, Dr. Tracey Benson will teach you effective methods you can use to help your special education staff:

  • Analyze data to identify where bias is impacting student learning
  • Use data to establish the conditions necessary to address unconscious bias
  • Shift conversations among educators to a more productive, collegial approach to help normalize talking about race and bias amongst your team to help all students succeed

Recorded on August 24, 2022

Compliance Series

How Special Education Leaders Can Think Differently About Navigating Decisions Related to Student Behavior

Recorded on August 10, 2022

Best Practice Series

Progress Monitoring in 2022: How to Effectively Harness Tools, Time, and Training for Your Staff

Do you feel like progress monitoring is a weak link when it comes to improving outcomes for your students with disabilities? If so, be sure to join this session. As an administrator, you’ll walk away with concrete strategies to expand your district’s capacity to track student growth and use data to improve student outcomes. After this session, you’ll be able to:

  • Identify barriers to effective progress monitoring and tools to assess your district’s capacity
  • Identify strategies to address tools and time
  • Train and coach staff toward more effective progress monitoring

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Recorded on May 5, 2022

Compliance Series

In It to Win It: How to Manage Difficult Special Education Cases in Your District

Could you benefit from having more vetted strategies for handling “difficult” special education cases in your district — including those where a formal complaint has (or may soon be) filed? If so, register for this session where you’ll learn:

  • Practical knowledge about potential “pitfalls” that can derail a special education case (and how to avoid them)
  • Best practices for parent communication, record keeping, and procedural compliance
  • Insights into important nuisances in the formal compliant mechanisms under IDEA
  • How to strengthen data collection and record-keeping to best support the district’s case and demonstrate the provision of a free appropriate public education
  • Tips and tricks for working with your district’s legal counsel

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Recorded on April 14, 2022

Compliance Series

How to Help Teachers Think Differently About Developing Appropriately Ambitious Goals and Documenting Progress

The legal standard changed years ago, but is there an opportunity to further shift teacher practice and mindset to create more appropriately ambitious goals?

We can certainly help teachers create appropriately ambitious goals, but what qualifies as “appropriately ambitious,” and how do we know if we’re meeting the mark?

The answer lies in the evaluation team report (ETR), and in this session, we’ll explore how you can train staff members to leverage the ETR data to develop appropriately ambitious goals and data collection processes that will create a more comprehensive and impactful plan to address student needs.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Conduct truly comprehensive evaluations that clearly identify student needs
  • Turn student needs into measurable goals that foster student success
  • Leverage the vital link between evaluation, needs, goals, and progress monitoring

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Recorded on March 24, 2022

Best Practice Series

How to Redesign Your District’s IEP Meetings to be Inclusive and Culturally Responsive so that All Students Can Succeed

Too often, the typical structure of an IEP meeting misses some of the needs of a diverse student population, and it’s likely having a negative impact on the way your students are served in your schools. In this session, we’ll explore the new way of conducting IEP meetings which ensure each meeting is inclusive, culturally responsive, and engaging for both the learners and their families. You’ll learn how to:

  • Evaluate and challenge the traditional format of IEP meetings
  • Design student- and family-centered meeting experiences with principles of the Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
  • Igniting student agency and input within the IEP development phase

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Recorded on March 9, 2022

Best Practice Series

The Key Steps to Evaluate and Improve Your District’s Programs for Students with Disabilities

Are you looking for a proven system to continually improve the quality of services your district provides for students with disabilities in a systemic and sustainable way? If so, register for this session where you’ll learn how to do that as well as:

  • How to develop a measurable and continuous improvement plan based on needs
  • How to implement, monitor, and evaluate the plan
  • How systems and processes can lead to shared responsibility and accountability of stakeholders and staff

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Recorded on February 22, 2022

Best Practice Series

From FBA to BIP: Today’s Best Practices in Assessment, Intervention Design, and Progress Monitoring

Do you feel like your district’s FBA and BIP process could benefit from research-based practices around high-quality assessments, intervention design, and progress monitoring?

If so, this session is for you. Join us to discuss the best practices and concrete steps you can take back to your staff to transform assessments and support plans from all-too-often vague and subjective exercises to effective components of the IEP. You’ll learn: 

  • The research supporting best practices in moving from FBA to BIP
  • Best practices for the major functional assessment methods
  • How to implement reliable, valid, and feasible progress monitoring and data-based decision-making practices
  • How to generate an effective support plan from FBA summary statements
  • And more!

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Recorded on February 8, 2022

Best Practice Series

How to Facilitate Productive Systems-Change Conversations with Your General Education Counterparts

As a Director of Special Education, designing instruction for students with needs is one thing, but getting your general education counterparts to collaboratively implement services and instructional supports aligned to the student’s IEP often presents a high hurdle. In this session, we’ll discuss how you can facilitate conversations with your general education counterparts at the leadership level to better support all students with special needs in the LRE.

Key takeaways from this session include:

  • An enhanced understanding of how Universal Design fits into a Multi-Tiered System of Support to meet the needs of all learners
  • How to help shift mindsets and support colleagues with systems change to ensure all students’ needs are met
  • The importance of using PLCs and data meetings to help facilitate change in the classroom

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Recorded on January 25, 2022

Best Practice Series

How Your Teachers Can Honor and Empower All Students by Design

If you’re looking for effective ways your teachers can foster genuinely equitable and inclusive learning environments, then this session is for you. We’ll explore how equitable and inclusive learning environments are built on the choices of individuals and how your teachers and providers can leverage antiracism and Universal Design for Learning to invite all students to powerful positions. You’ll learn:

  • The definitions of honor and power in a K–12 context
  • How to evaluate power-filled choices and examine the implications of power in equitable access to learning
  • How to create a community of educators and providers who are conscious of how to use power to honor all learners

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Recorded on January 12, 2022

Best Practice Series

The New Blueprint for Creating Inclusive, District-Wide Practices that Yield Better Outcomes for All Students

Do you want more inclusive practices that are consistent and effective across all of your schools? In this session, we’ll explore innovative ways to create a district-wide system that saves you time while improving student outcomes. You’ll learn how to:

  • Create an infrastructure of supports and practices that benefit students in a proactive and preventative manner
  • Strategically support all schools based on their data 
  • Collaboratively develop support plans to ensure each school receives the help it needs in a timely and personalized way

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Recorded on December 1, 2021

Compliance Series

Administrator Strategies for Addressing Students with Disabilities Who Exhibit Dangerous or Disruptive Behaviors

As an administrator, have you ever wondered what other options you have when a student with disabilities presents dangerous or disruptive behavior? If so, attend this session to gain new strategies for managing dangerous and/or severely disruptive students with disabilities. You’ll learn:

  • Non-disciplinary strategies you can use to address dangerous and/or severely disruptive behaviors
  • Interim alternative educational settings for students exhibiting dangerous or severely disruptive behaviors
  • When IDEA’s “special circumstances” exist (which allows removal of a student)

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Recorded on November 16, 2021

Best Practice Series

How to Support Students Receiving Special Education in the General Education Classroom

Inclusive practices are more than the physical placement of our students. Students with special needs are required to spend as much time as possible in the general education classroom, which begs the question: “How can we design general education in a way where students with moderate to severe support needs can have access to grade-level instruction in relevant, authentic, and meaningful ways?” We’ll answer that question in this session. 

Key takeaways from this session include:

  • A deeper understanding of how Universal Design for Learning helps us meet the needs of all learners in an inclusive classroom
  • How implementing UDL in the general education classroom reduces barriers for students with IEPs, allowing them to reach grade-level rigorous standards
  • How Universal Design for Learning and Differentiated Instruction are different and where they are most useful 

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Recorded on November 4, 2021

Compliance Series

The Leader’s Guide to Coaching Teachers in Creating Legally Defensible IEPs

Discover new approaches to increase teacher capacity and develop higher-quality IEPs by avoiding substance and content errors, including how to use a simple but powerful two-pronged model that improves teacher self-efficacy in identifying IEP compliance issues. You’ll learn:

  • The top IEP mistakes that special education teachers and providers should avoid
  • The most common legal challenges made to IEP content (and how courts are ruling concerning those challenges)
  • Strategies for avoiding the most common substantive and content mistakes to ensure IEP defensibility

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Recorded on October 28, 2021

Best Practice Series

The Administrator’s Playbook for Creating Strengths-Based IEPs

If you want to shift teacher and parent mindsets from deficit- to strengths-based IEPs, then this session is for you. Join us to discuss the self-defeating practices common in IEP writing and gain fresh strategies to change conversations with teachers and parents so that you can move towards more effective strength-based IEPs. You’ll learn:

  • The current research and literature on teacher efficacy, mindsets, and UDL that underpin strengths-based IEPs
  • Strategies to change the IEP conversation and content from deficit- to strengths-based language
  • Helpful tools and models to support changes in practice (before, during, and after the IEP meeting)

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Recorded on September 30, 2021