Presented by Art Cernosia
This session will provide a review and analysis of special education legal developments within the last year. Both new federal policy and judicial decisions under the IDEA and Section 504 will be covered, with an emphasis on 9th Circuit cases.
Stump the Attorney
Presented by Art Cernosia
This session will provide registered attendees an opportunity to submit questions specific to their situations, and Art will share relevant legal cases. Email questions to the conference inbox by 9/4/2020 to be considered for the session.
Presented by Heidi Putnam and Scott Dobkovsky
This session will provide attendees with an overview of the state general supervision activities provided by the Program Support and Monitoring (PSM) unit of ADE/ESS. Attendees will receive a general overview of the monitoring process, the role of the PSM specialist, and updates for this school year.
Need an Alternative?
Presented by Lori Bird, Danell Lynn, and Tommi Pierce
The IDEA envisions harmonious teams of school staff and parents coming together to create an IEP that meets the needs of the student. But what happens when harmony turns to disagreement and discord? Dispute resolution offers several ways to refocus and get back into agreement. In this session you will learn about mediation, evaluative mediation, facilitated IEP and Offers of Early Resolution along with tips on how to best leverage these processes to work for you. There will be time to answer your questions after the presentation.
Providing Transition Activities During the Pandemic
Presented by Ana L. Núñez
There are no federal waivers for IDEA during the pandemic. Transition activities are still expected to be provided to all students with disabilities with a transition plan in place. Transition activities are part of the coordinated set of services that provide students with disabilities opportunities to explore aspects of their postsecondary goals in order to make informed decisions. The secondary transition team will review best practice strategies and provide some resources that will support the IEP team in making decisions for providing transition activities during the pandemic.
Essential Trauma-Informed Online Teaching Tools
Presented by Matthea Marquart, MSSW, Janice Carello PhD, LMSW, and Johanna Creswell Báez, PhD, LCSW
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, most educators from pre-K through higher education had never taught online, and most students had not yet taken an online course. With a lot of effort on all sides, we made it through a rapid transition to emergency remote teaching during the spring semester. As educators prepare for a fall semester that will likely include expanded online courses, we urge schools and institutions to prioritize a trauma-informed approach, whether or not courses move online. Trauma shows up in the classroom in many ways, and, for students, it may lead to behaviors that challenge teachers, such as withdrawing from class participation, experiencing difficulty focusing and remembering, demonstrating anxiety about schoolwork, and missing classes or deadlines. Now, imagine that these behaviors are affecting a large number of students in one class and that the teacher responsible for dealing with them is also experiencing trauma symptoms. This session will discuss tools available for teachers to use in various environments that will allow for trauma-informed practices to be utilized.