Avoid Critical Procedural and Substantive Errors
The highly technical nature of IEPs and 504 plans causes schools to make critical errors without realizing it. How do your school's development and implementation processes stack up? Furthermore, when students on IEPs and 504 plans misbehave, do your disciplinary procedures fully comply with the most confusing aspects of the law? Taught by experienced attorney faculty, this intensive course highlights the biggest IEP and 504 plan mistakes made today. You'll take away practical legal tips you can use to safeguard against lawsuits while protecting your students' rights - register today!
- Recognize the differences between IEPs and 504 plans and know when to use them.
- From misuse to shoddy documentation, avoid the top 504 plan mistakes that land schools in hot water.
- Sidestep prior written notice errors and other procedural IEP issues.
- Ensure IEP goals are measurable by analyzing mistakes other schools have made.
- Know what legal essentials are missing from your FBAs, BIPs and MDRs.
- Handle special education disciplinary actions the right way.
- Get the latest IEP and 504 plan legal updates you need to protect against liability.
- IEPs vs. 504 Plans: Do You Understand the Differences?
9:00 - 10:00, Alexa R. Ross
- IDEA vs. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act: A Side-by-Side Comparison
- Eligibility Under Both Laws
- Disability Definitions
- Accommodations and Services: IEPs vs. 504 Plans
- Placing Students on One but NOT the Other
- Placing Students on Both: When Should You?
- Special Education Case Law and Regulatory Updates Schools Need to Know
- 504 Plan Mistakes
10:15 - 11:15, Brandi Tanner Ph.D.
- Misuse of 504 Plans: Avoid the "Consolation Prize" Trap
- Not Updating 504 Plans
- 504 Plan Interventions That Don't Work
- Not Knowing What Services Can be Part of a 504 Plan
- Neglecting Critical Documentation
- 504 Plan Coordinators: Do You Have One?
- 504 Plans That Border on Being IEPs
- When 504 Plans Trigger the IDEA Child Find Mandate
- Procedural IEP Errors: Evaluations, Meetings, Parental Input, Etc.
11:15 - 12:15, Chris E. Vance
- Failure to Adhere to Timelines and Deadlines
- Child Find Failures: Over-Identification, Under-Identification, etc.
- Improper Evaluations for Known and Suspected Disabilities
- Prior Written Notice Errors, Under-Utilization and Missed Chances
- Missteps That Affect Parent Participation
- Meeting Disasters: Misstatements, Under-Preparation, etc.
- Meetings Without Necessary Participants
- Predetermination Avoidance
- Lack of Documentation: Meetings, Progress Monitoring and More
- Substantive IEP Missteps: Goals, Accommodations and More
1:15 - 2:15, Rachel Platt
- Goals That Aren't Measurable
- Too Many Goals or not Enough
- Accommodations That Aren't Consistent With Needs
- Failure to Plan for Graduation and Other Transitions
- Using IEP Amendments Incorrectly
- Implementation Failures
- Least Restrictive Environment Errors
- FBA, BIP and MDR Blunders and Omissions
2:30 - 3:30, Reagan G. Sauls
- Functional Behavior Assessments (FBAs): Top Oversights
- Behavior Intervention Plan (BIPs) Errors
- Manifestation Determination Review (MDR) Failures
- Insufficient and Poorly Documented Data
- Special Education Disciplinary Slip-Ups
3:30 - 4:30, Reagan G. Sauls
- Disciplinary Procedures: IDEA vs. Section 504
- Faulty Discipline Decisions
- Inappropriate Placement Changes
- Improper Expulsion
- Restraint and Seclusion Missteps
- Not Handling Due Process Requests the Right Way