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Seminar Detail

Making Special Education Compliance Meaningful

Friday, March 20, 2015 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

Attend this seminar and learn how to use IDEA as Congress intended it be used – to help families and schools work together so students with disabilities can contribute to and participate in society. You will learn how to avoid common compliance mistakes, how to defuse difficult situations with parents, and how to keep those difficult situations from arising in the first place by building stronger relationships with families and in turn increase student achievement.

Starting with the stated purpose of IDEA, and using the procedural requirements of IDEA, you will learn how to make the paperwork required by IDEA a tool to encourage positive parent engagement, improve student achievement and have more productive, focused meetings. Let Marie teach you strategies and techniques that you can use to make compliance activities substantive and meaningful. These techniques will help you build and maintain sustainable relationships with families and will in turn increase student achievement.
  1. Illustrate how to have more focused and meaningful IEP meetings.
  2. Demonstrate compliance with both the procedural and substantive requirements of IDEA.
  3. Describe how to use the IDEA to work through novel situations that arise at school.
  4. Identify how the IDEA can help you build better relationships with parents and colleagues.
  5. Outline how to turn the IDEA into a roadmap for student success.
  6. Discuss practical tips for dealing with challenging parents of students with IEPs.


Maria E. Blaeuer, Esq., is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and Howard University School of Law, and is admitted to practice law in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. She has been representing students with disabilities almost exclusively since 2007, and has participated in the training of court-appointed special education attorneys in the District of Columbia for the past two years. She has served as a reactor for the last two years at the Special Education Law Symposium at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. Maria taught a continuing education class for teachers on Special Education and the Law, and taught in the paralegal studies program at Howard University. In addition, Maria is studying education policy at the University of Maryland in the School of Public Policy, where her primary research interests are predictors of success for students with disabilities, and how urban school districts implement IDEA.

She is a skilled and hi-energy presenter who has sat at the IEP table in almost every role imaginable; including as a teacher, parent, student and an attorney. She uses case law, guidance from the OSEP and examples from her work as an attorney for students with disabilities to help special educators both understand the relevant law and use it to help students succeed.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Maria Blaeuer maintains a private practice. She receive a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Maria Blaeuer is a member of COPAA.
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Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

The planning committee and staff who controlled the content of this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. For speaker disclosures, please see speaker bios.

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