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NATIONAL EDUCATORS LAW INSTITUTE
25TH ANNUAL DISABILITIES LAW CONFERENCE WITH A PRE-CONFERENCE DAY ON BEHAVIOR
PRE-CONFERENCE DAY ON BEHAVIOR
December 6, 2017 The Westin Austin at the Domain Austin, Texas
December 7 - 8, 2017 The Westin Austin at the Domain Austin, Texas
PRE-CONFERENCE DAY ON BEHAVIOR December 6, 2017 • Austin, Texas
ABOUT THE PRE-CONFERENCE DAY ON BEHAVIOR The law pertaining to behaviorally-challenged students is ever-changing. NELI’s Pre-Conference Day on Behavior will deliver training on some of the most critical issues regarding this complicated area. Experienced attorneys and behavior specialists will bring you up to speed on topics including discipline with the special needs student, David’s Law, addressing crimes committed both in and out of school, how to conduct an appropriate FBA and write an awesome BIP, how to develop appropriately ambitious behavioral goals and objectives, how to evaluate and address disruptive disorders, and a mock MDR. Sign up for the pre-conference alone or register for both the main and pre-conferences to save $35.00!
Who Should Attend NELI conferences are open to all school personnel and anyone with an interest in the subject of school law. Whether you’re in special education, general education, or school administration, the Pre-Conference Day on Behavior is ideal training for:
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Principals/Administrators Special Education Directors Special Education Personnel Assistant Superintendents Educational Diagnosticians 504 Personnel *
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School Psychologists Related Service Providers Counselors Teachers Charter School Personnel DAEP Staff
Each attendee will receive a packet of materials which includes a handout from each speaker.
NELI Products Bring the Training to You NELI Desktop References
Choose from 3 new Desktop References! Each Desktop Reference is printed on both sides, laminated and puts the information you need at your fingertips. Our line of Desktop References includes:
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Section 504 Desktop Reference MDR for Special Education Desktop Reference Restraint & Timeout Desktop Reference
Each folder is designed to help educators keep track of the processes and procedures involved while tracking student progress and information. Folders available include:
Pre-Conference Agenda Wednesday, December 6 8:00 – 9:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast 9:00 – 9:45 Suspensions, Emergency Removals and Placements in DAEP or JJAEP: Addressing Discipline with the Special Needs Student Cynthia S. Buechler - Buechler & Associates, P.C. 9:45 – 10:00 Morning Break 10:00 – 10:45 Evaluating and Addressing Disruptive Disorders such as Oppositional Defiant and Conduct Disorders in the School Setting Heather Hughes, Ph.D. - Eagle Mountain Saginaw ISD 10:45 – 11:30 Addressing Crimes Committed Both In and Out of School Jim Walsh – Walsh, Gallegos, Treviño, Russo & Kyle, P.C. 11:30 – 1:00 Lunch On Your Own 1:00 – 1:45 David’s Law: The New Provisions for Bullying and Harassment William M. Buechler - Buechler & Associates, P.C. 1:45 – 2:00 Afternoon Break 2:00 – 2:45 How to Conduct an Appropriate FBA, Write an Awesome BIP and Develop Appropriately Ambitious Behavioral Goals and Objectives Ann Hughes, Ph.D. - Sanger Independent School District 2:45 – 3:30 The Mock MDR of Juicy J(ay) Cynthia S. Buechler - Buechler & Associates, P.C. 3:30 – 3:45 Question and Answer Forum 3:45 Adjourn
The General Educator’s Guide to Accommodations DVD (Includes 10 Accommodations Folders)
This DVD’s realistic scenarios make the concepts easy to understand and follow and will help teachers ensure they are in compliance with federal and state laws regarding accommodations.
* For more details on NELI products, go to www.nelilaw.net.
NELI · 3660 STONERIDGE ROAD, SUITE D-101 · AUSTIN, TX 78746
25TH ANNUAL DISABILITIES LAW CONFERENCE December 7 - 8, 2017 • Austin, Texas ABOUT THE MAIN CONFERENCE When you’re in education, sometimes you have to think like a lawyer. A solid understanding of the laws governing special education will give you confidence in providing educational services to any child. Whether you’re in general or special education, the 25th Annual Disabilities Law Conference is the ideal way to get up to speed on disabilities law. At the Main Conference, we will discuss timely subjects such as the shift of due process hearings to the State Office of Administrative Hearings, changes to the camera law and lessons learned from the past year, how to effectively respond to an OCR complaint and House Bill 22 and the “new and improved” A-F system. Sign up for the main conference alone or register for both the main and pre-conferences to save $35.00!
Who Should Attend NELI conferences are open to all school personnel and anyone with an interest in the subject of school law. Our Main Conference is ideal training for:
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Special Education Directors Principals/Administrators Special Education Personnel Superintendents Assistant Superintendents Educational Diagnosticians 504 Personnel *
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School Psychologists Related Service Providers Counselors Teachers Charter School Personnel School Board Members DAEP Staff
Each attendee will receive a packet of materials which includes a handout from each speaker.
DAY ONE: Thursday, December 7
1:00 – 1:45 Divorce and the Special Needs Child: Addressing Parental Rights and Obligations in the School Setting William M. Buechler - Buechler & Associates, P.C. 1:45 – 2:00 Afternoon Break 2:00 – 2:45 One Year and a Legislative Session Later: Changes to the Camera Law and Lessons Learned from the Past Year Sarah Orman - Texas Association of School Boards 2:45 – 3:30 Child Find: When Does a Student’s Challenge Turn Into a Suspected Disability? Cynthia S. Buechler - Buechler & Associates, P.C.
Day Two: Friday, December 8
8:00 – 9:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast 9:00 – 9:45 The Shift of Due Process Hearings to the State Office of Administrative Hearings and the Implications for Schools Cynthia S. Buechler - Buechler & Associates, P.C., Denise Hays – Walsh, Gallegos, Treviño, Russo & Kyle, P.C.
8:00 – 9:00 Continental Breakfast 9:00 – 10:15 Accountability 101: House Bill 22 and the “New and Improved” A-F System John Fessenden - lead4ward
9:45 - 10:00 Morning Break
10:15 – 10:30 Morning Break
10:00 – 10:45 How to Effectively Respond to an OCR Complaint Paula Maddox Roalson – Walsh, Gallegos, Treviño, Russo & Kyle, P.C.
10:30 – 11:45 Initial Evaluation vs. Reevaluation: What’s Required and How are they Different? Gail Cheramie, Ph.D. - University of Houston - Clear Lake
10:45 - 11:30 Related Services: From Referral to Dismissal and Everything in Between Jamie Turner – Walsh, Gallegos, Treviño, Russo & Kyle, P.C.
11:45 – 12:00 Question and Answer Forum 12:00 Adjourn
11:30 - 1:00 Lunch On Your Own Follow Us on Facebook!
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Westin Austin at the Domain 11301 Domain Drive Austin, TX 78758 Phone: (512) 832-4197 Fax: (512) 973-3703
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CONFERENCE SPEAKERS CYNTHIA S. BUECHLER is a partner in the law firm of Buechler & Associates, P.C. Ms. Buechler served as a Hearings Examiner and Assistant General Counsel for the Texas Education Agency until 1987 and has since practiced school law exclusively. Ms. Buechler is a frequent speaker at in-service programs and law seminars and is director of the National Educators Law Institute. WILLIAM M. BUECHLER is the managing partner at the law firm of Buechler & Associates, P.C. His practice emphasizes special education, Section 504, ADA, civil rights and employment and administrative law issues. Mr. Buechler frequently speaks at education law seminars and conferences at the state and national levels and is managing director of the National Educators Law Institute. GAIL CHERAMIE, PH.D. is a licensed psychologist, LSSP, and nationally certified school psychologist, and is the director of the School Psychology program at the University of Houston–Clear Lake. Dr. Cheramie’s areas of specialization are assessment for learning, development, and emotional-behavioral disorders. JOHN FESSENDEN is an educational consultant at lead4ward who works with school districts, campuses and regional educational service centers in the areas of assessment, accountability and data analysis. Mr. Fessenden served as the Director of Accountability and Research for Del Valle Independent School District and an Education Specialist with ESC Region XIII. He is a frequent presenter on issues ranging from special education, to federal (AYP) and state (AEIS) accountability, Performance-Based Monitoring, and ARD Committee decision-making. DENISE HAYS is a shareholder with the law firm of Walsh, Gallegos, Treviño, Russo & Kyle in Austin. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Hays was a public school special education teacher, a staff attorney for TASB, and also served as a hearing officer for school boards in termination, nonrenewal, and grievance hearings. ANN HUGHES, PH.D., is the principal of the Challenge Alternative Education Program in Sanger. With over 25 years experience as a teacher and administrator in alternative education settings, including DAEPs, juvenile correctional settings, and alternative schools,
Dr. Hughes provides training related to positive behavioral interventions and supports and behavioral RTI.
HEATHER HUGHES, PH.D is the director of special education at Eagle Mount Saginaw ISD and has over 20 years experience as an educational diagnostician, LSSP, and teacher. She serves on several advisory boards and teaches college courses on a variety of special education and autism topics. Dr. Hughes frequently presents at state, national and international conferences on a wide variety of topics. SARAH ORMAN is senior attorney for TASB and advises school districts on a variety of legal issues. Prior to joining TASB, Ms. Orman provided legal representation for school districts in both California and Texas, including special education and general school law. Sarah is a frequent presenter on school law topics. PAULA MADDOX ROALSON is a shareholder with Walsh, Gallegos, Treviño, Russo & Kyle in Houston. Ms. Roalson previously served as the staff attorney for special education for TASB. Her practice emphasizes the representation of school districts in special education litigation and general school law. JAMIE TURNER is an attorney with the law firm of Walsh Gallegos Trevino Russo & Kyle P.C. and focuses her practice on special education and student matters. Prior to joining Walsh Gallegos, Jamie served public schools as in-house counsel for the Austin Independent School District, in private practice representing schools in general education matters, and as a special education administrator. JIM WALSH is a co-founder and partner in the firm of Walsh, Gallegos, Treviño, Russo & Kyle, P.C. A highly sought-after speaker, Mr. Walsh has also authored several books on special education law and has taught school law at the graduate and/or undergraduate levels at Texas State, Baylor and St. Edward’s. Mr. Walsh is a highly sought after speaker in Texas and throughout the nation.
The legal information provided at this conference is for general purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for individual legal advice or the provision of legal services. Accessing this information does not create an attorney-client relationship. Individual legal situations vary greatly and attendees should consult directly with an attorney.
ACCREDITATION Earn up to 11.75 Hours of Continuing Education Credit! All attendees will receive a certificate at the end of each conference indicating they have earned Continuing Education Credit (7.25 hours for Main Conference, 4.5 hours for Pre-Conference). Administrators, Teachers & Diagnosticians: This program may meet the local criteria for up to 11.75 hours of school administrator’s general management training, which is no longer governed by the Texas Education Agency. NELI has been approved by the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) as a provider of continuing professional education (CPE) credit. Counselors: The conference sponsors are approved by the State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors for up to 11.75 hours of continuing education credit for licensed professional counselors. School Board Members: The conference sponsors are registered providers of school board member training with the Texas Education Agency. This program provides up to 11.75 hours of school board member training in the areas of Vision, Structure and Unity. Psychologists: The conference may be approved by the State Board of Examiners of Psychology for up to 11.75 hours of continuing education credit for psychologists. Speech-Language Pathologists: This conference may be approved by the Texas Speech-LanguageHearing Association for up to 11.75 hours of continuing education for Speech-Language Pathologists.
REGISTRATION FORM NELI 25TH ANNUAL DISABILITIES LAW CONFERENCE
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Location: The Westin Austin at the Domain 11301 Domain Drive Austin, TX 78758 Phone: (512) 832-4197 Fax: (512) 973-3703
Pre-Conference Day on Behavior—$185.00* December 6, 2017 24th Annual Disabilities Law Conference—$260.00* December 7 - 8, 2017 Gimme “The Works”! — $410.00* Save $35.00! Register me for both the 25th Annual Disabilities Law Conference AND PreConference Day on Behavior!
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Cancellation Policy—Please Read!: Cancellations will only be accepted up to two weeks prior to conference dates (November 22, 2017). Substitution of attendees is allowed at any time, up to and including the day of the conferences. Registrants not able to attend may transfer to any other NELI Conference within one year.