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Seminar Detail

Special Education Law in Illinois
Where:
ORLAND PARK, IL
When:
Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 8:00 AM - 3:45 PM

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Course Description:

The educational rights of students with disabilities and the obligations of school districts and special education cooperatives are constantly evolving due to changes in federal and state law and their interpretation. This seminar will provide you with essential and up-to-date information about federal and state special education laws, administrative and judicial rulings interpreting these laws, and current ISBE and OCR compliance issues. It is essential for educators to know these legal requirements and understand how these requirements impact their day-to-day activities and the students they serve.

This seminar provides practical recommendations for planning proactively to avoid common legal mistakes made by educators when it comes to students with disabilities. Seminar topics include: evaluations and eligibility determinations (including the role of “Rtl” in the SLD evaluation and eligibility determination process), development of IEPs, discipline procedures, transition planning, assistive technology, bullying, and student records.

Objectives:
  1. Determine the factors that may indicate a duty to evaluate a student under the IDEA.
  2. Analyze the IDEA’s FAPE standard under the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Endrew F.
  3. Ascertain steps for conducting thorough and individual evaluations and reevaluations.
  4. Explore common errors in developing and implementing IEPs.
  5. Analyze ways to ensure proper IEP implementation and to improve data collection procedures.
  6. Determine the process for developing effective behavioral interventions and discipline of students with disabilities.
  7. Identify the applicable laws and requirements for maintaining the confidentiality of student information and records.
  8. Breakdown the similarities and differences in IDEA and Section 504 requirements.
OUTLINE

Requirements for IDEA Evaluations and Eligibility Determinations
  • Responding to referrals and other “Child Find” triggers
  • Child Find requirements
  • Conducting comprehensive, individual evaluations
  • Making defensible eligibility determinations
  • Students with certain diagnoses, such as ADHD, anxiety, depression, dyslexia, post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Reevaluation requirements and related issues
IDEA’s Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)
  • U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Endrew F.
  • Recent cases after Endrew F. that interpret the FAPE standard
Constructing Appropriate IEPs
  • Proper IEPs team members and other participants
  • Parent participation requirements Required IEP content and considerations
  • Writing appropriate, measurable IEP goals and objectives
  • Identifying special education and related services to meet individual student needs
  • Transition planning
  • Placement/least restrictive environment decisions
  • Extended school year determinations
  • Practical tips for conducting IEP meetings
  • Common mistakes when developing IEPs
Implementing, Reviewing and Revising IEPs
  • Ensuring proper IEP implementation
  • Data collection, progress monitoring, and reporting on IEP goals
  • Common mistakes
  • Requests for homebound instruction
  • Issues related to “school refusal”
Behavioral Interventions and Discipline of Students with Disabilities
  • Developing appropriate FBAs and BIPs
  • Procedural rules for discipline of students with disabilities
  • Protection for students not yet IDEA-eligible
  • Conducting proper manifestation determinations
  • Interim alternative educational settings
Section 504
  • Section 504 eligibility criteria
  • Section 504 vs. IDEA
  • Child Find requirements under Section 504
Student Records and Confidentiality of Information
  • Applicable federal and State laws
  • Special education documentation as student records/information
  • Parent consent requirements and exceptions
  • Common questions and issues concerning confidentiality of information
Target Audience

  • General Education Teachers
  • Special Education Teachers
  • School Administrators
  • School Psychologists
  • Licensed Psychologists
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • School Nurses
  • Related Service Providers
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Other Helping Professionals that Work with Children

CYNTHIA M. BAASTEN

Cynthia M. Baasten, is a partner at Engler Callaway Baasten & Sraga, LLC. Ms. Baasten practices in all areas of school law. Ms. Baasten received her undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and her Juris Doctor degree from Loyola University of Chicago. She also earned a Certificate in Child and Family Law from Loyola Law School’s Civitas Program. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Baasten worked as a Certified Public Accountant for a public accounting firm in Chicago. After law school, Ms. Baasten completed a judicial clerkship with the Honorable Sophia H. Hall in the Chancery Division, Circuit Court of Cook County before entering private practice. She lectures frequently on special education requirements, student matters, and employment issues for clients, training programs, and Illinois conferences. She is a member of the National Council of School Attorneys and the Illinois Council of School Attorneys and was recognized by Chicago Magazine as a “Rising Star” in the areas of school and education law for several years.



Speaker Disclosures:

Speaker Disclosures: Financial: Cynthia Baasten is Partner at Engler Callaway Baasten & Sraga, LLC. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Cynthia Baasten is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association; the National Council of School Attorneys; and the Illinois Council of School Attorneys.
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