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Prince George’s County, College Park: “Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference”

March 16, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 4:30 pm


A Wrightslaw training program featuring Pete Wright, Esq., sponsored by The Parents’ Place of Maryland.

One-day special education law and advocacy programs focus on four areas:

  • Special education law, rights and responsibilities
  • Tests and measurements to measure progress & regression
  • Introduction to tactics & strategies for effective advocacy

Wrightslaw programs are designed to meet the needs of parents, educators, health care providers, advocates and attorneys who represent children with disabilities regarding special education. The program is not disability specific.


8:00-9:00 Registration

9:00-10:30 Introductions

  • IDEA History, Book Overview, US Supreme Ct Cases
  • Section 1400 Findings, Purpose
  • Section 1401 Definitions: Disability, Special Education, Related Services, LD, etc.

10:30-10:45 Break


  • Section 1412 Extended School Year, Child Find, Least Restrictive, Private Placements
  • Understanding Tests and Measurements, and the Bell Curve, Standard Scores, Scale Scores, % ranks, Grade Equivalent, Age Equivalent, Determining progress v. regression using Bar Graphs

12:00-1:00 Lunch


  • Section 1414 Evaluations and IEPs
  • Section 1415 Due Process, Rules of Procedure, Discipline
  • Section 504, ADA, FERPA, ESSA
  • Episodic Conditions, Allergies, Epilepsy, etc.
  • Recent Cases + OCR, USDOJ

The Parent as the Special Ed Manager and Expert

  • Developing the Master Plan
  • Knowing the Rules of the Game
  • Recognizing and Avoiding the Fatal Obstacles
  • How to Deal with Conflict, a Healthy and Normal event
  • Crisis, Emergency, Help
  • Organization of the Child’s File

2:30-2:45 Break


  • Tactics and Strategies
  • Rule of Adverse Assumptions
  • Private Evaluations
  • Paper Trails
  • The Letter to the Stranger
  • 5 Ws + H + E
  • Preparation for Meetings
  • Meeting Strategies

4:00-4:30 Questions and Answers

Conference fee includes coffee, tea, a boxed lunch, a Wrightslaw highlighter pen and the three Wrightslaw books which retail for $62.85 – Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition, Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition, and Wrightslaw: All About IEPs.

Credits: 0.6 CEU’s (continuing education units) are pending. The units are provided by the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Education. They provide both graduate credit for practicing teachers and CEU’s for a variety of professionals who need to document their professional development hours. The CEUs are an additional $24 fee and can be paid on the day of the conference.

Special Accommodations: If you require a translator, dietary restrictions, or other accommodations please note specifics when you register. All special accommodations must be submitted no later than March 2, 2017 in order to adequately meet such needs.

Refund Policy: There are no refunds for this conference. Substitutions must be submitted to Val Englert at val@ppmd.org no later than March 13, 2017.


TO REGISTER, use this link:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wrightslaw-special-education-law-and-advocacy-conference-tickets-29302932861


March 16, 2017
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Event Category:


Val Englert


College Park Holiday Inn
10000 Baltimore Avenue
College Park, MD 20740 USA
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