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Title IX K-12 Update:  An In-Depth Look at the 2024 Regulatory Changes (4-Part Webinar Series)

12:00 PM (EST)

$75 Per Session

Title IX K-12 Update: An In-Depth Look at the 2024 Regulatory Changes (4-Part Webinar Series)

On Friday, April 19, 2024, the U.S. Department of Education unveiled new Title IX regulations. The new regulations replace the most recent changes from 2020. The new regulations include many significant changes and take effect on August 1, 2024, which leaves little time for K-12 schools to adjust their policies and procedures. With this steep learning curve, EdLaw Interactive is working to help schools understand their obligations under the new Title IX regulations. In this 4-part webinar series, we will be examining the following topics:
Part 1 - Non-Discrimination in School Sports and Activities
Part 2 - Sex Discrimination in Schools (Employee and Student)
Part 3 - New Changes to Grievance Procedures
Part 4 - Special Education Implications of the New Title IX Rules

Communication & Special Education: Legally-Defensible Tips & Tools

12:00 PM (EST)

$95

Communication & Special Education: Legally-Defensible Tips & Tools

Litigation can have devastating impacts on both schools and families. Fortunately, it is often avoidable through the development of positive relationships between parents and schools, based upon clear communication and mutual trust.

In this session, Atty. Gilsbach, with nearly 20 years’ experience practicing special education law, discusses how FAPE-related conflicts often result from a breakdown in communication between the parties. She uses case-specific examples to provide meaningful, practical tips and tools for both schools and parents to help facilitate positive relationships.

Accommodations or Specially-Designed Instruction? Examining the Differences between Section 504 and the IDEA

12:00 PM (EST)

$95

Accommodations or Specially-Designed Instruction? Examining the Differences between Section 504 and the IDEA

Section 504 and the IDEA are both federal laws designed to ensure that students with disabilities are able to fully access a free and appropriate public K-12 education, but what is the difference between the two laws, and which one applies when? In this session, Atty. Erin D. Gilsbach discusses the difference between the two laws, including eligibility determinations, programming for students under each law, and how and when they might overlap for students. Atty. Gilsbach shares important information for both parents and educators on the rights granted and obligations imposed by both laws.

Accommodating Students with Medical Needs: Key Concepts for Legal Compliance

12:00 PM (EST)

$95

Accommodating Students with Medical Needs: Key Concepts for Legal Compliance

Today’s schools are often faced with complex challenges when educating students with medical needs. In this session, Atty. Gilsbach addresses issues such as Section 504 eligibility, identifying when nursing services are required, accommodating students during field trips and extracurricular activities, ensuring proper protocols for the administration of medication, addressing medical needs through the IEP and Section 504 process, and much more. She also provides strategies to help schools self-audit the legal defensibility of their programs and take measures to address compliance issues.

Considering the Alternatives: Specialized Placements and the IDEA

12:00 PM (EST)

$95

Considering the Alternatives: Specialized Placements and the IDEA

What happens when a student requires a more specialized placement than the regular ed classroom? In this session, Atty. Gilsbach will examine different types of placements, including behavior and emotional support placements, autistic support classrooms, life skills classrooms, alternative educational environments, partial hospitalization placements, and more. She will discuss least restrictive environment (LRE) legal requirements and provide practical tips and guidance for IEP teams when considering specialized educational placements.

10 Common IEP Drafting Errors (and How to Avoid Them)

12:00 PM (EST)

$95

10 Common IEP Drafting Errors (and How to Avoid Them)

Using quick-reference graphics, practical reference guides, a touch of humor, and nearly 20 years of experience as a special education attorney, Atty. Gilsbach shares real-life, hard-learned lessons from schools and provides practical tips for issue-spotting to help schools avoid these all-to-common mistakes. This session is particularly recommended for special education directors, supervisors, case managers, and any others responsible for reviewing and monitoring the development of IEPs within their school and training special education staff.

Legally-Defensible Progress Monitoring: Common Problems and Simple Solutions

12:00 PM (EST)

$95

Legally-Defensible Progress Monitoring: Common Problems and Simple Solutions

Progress monitoring is an inherent part of the special education process, but progress monitoring results can be confusing, inconsistent, and too often not even an accurate measurement of the skill they are designed to measure. In this session, Atty. Erin D. Gilsbach focuses on the legal importance of progress monitoring. She discusses some of the common problems and pitfalls that prevent them from being able to accurately and easily monitor a student’s progress, and she provides simple, practical solutions for improving progress monitoring across educational settings.

Special Ed. Basics:  FAPE

12:00 PM (EST)

$95

Special Ed. Basics: FAPE

In this session, a seasoned school law attorney provides the fundamentals of the statutory and regulatory requirements regarding the provision of free appropriate public education (FAPE) in public schools as well as a summary of some of the key cases that have helped further define and refine the concept of FAPE.

Special Ed. Basics:  Evaluations

12:00 PM (EST)

$95

Special Ed. Basics: Evaluations

In this session, a seasoned school law attorney provides the fundamentals of the statutory and regulatory requirements regarding the provision of free appropriate public education (FAPE) in public schools as well as a summary of some of the key cases that have helped further define and refine the concept of FAPE.

Special Ed. Basics:  Parental Rights

12:00 PM (EST)

$95

Special Ed. Basics: Parental Rights

In this session, a seasoned school law attorney provides the fundamentals of the statutory and regulatory requirements regarding the provision of free appropriate public education (FAPE) in public schools as well as a summary of some of the key cases that have helped further define and refine the concept of FAPE.

Special Ed. Basics:  IEPs

12:00 PM (EST)

$95

Special Ed. Basics: IEPs

In this session, a seasoned school law attorney provides the fundamentals of the statutory and regulatory requirements regarding the provision of free appropriate public education (FAPE) in public schools as well as a summary of some of the key cases that have helped further define and refine the concept of FAPE.

Special Ed. Basics:  IEP Meetings

12:00 PM (EST)

$95

Special Ed. Basics: IEP Meetings

In this session, a seasoned school law attorney provides the fundamentals of the statutory and regulatory requirements regarding the provision of free appropriate public education (FAPE) in public schools as well as a summary of some of the key cases that have helped further define and refine the concept of FAPE.

When Do We Need a Nurse?
Public School Legal Obligations for Classrooms, Field Trips, and Extracurricular Activities

12:00 PM (EST)

$95

When Do We Need a Nurse?
Public School Legal Obligations for Classrooms, Field Trips, and Extracurricular Activities

When do schools need to have a nurse present? Are schools able to use volunteer nurses on field trips in lieu of school nurses? What about administration of medication on school trips? This session analyzes the laws that may require schools to have nursing staff present and discusses practical solutions to nursing shortages. Atty. Gilsbach, a frequent presenter on school nursing issues, provides important and much-needed information on this difficult subject. All school leaders, school nurses, educators, and school event organizers need to have this critical information.

Family Law for Schools:
Who's the "Parent," Who Has Legal Rights, and Why It Matters

12:00 PM (EST)

$95

Family Law for Schools:
Who's the "Parent," Who Has Legal Rights, and Why It Matters

Schools often encounter complex family situations and issues. Can a step-parent view a child’s medical records without specific authorization? Can a custodial grandparent without legal guardianship agree to related services in an IEP? What rights do foster parents have? This session provides a practical approach to determining who has rights with regards to a student and what role non-parents may play in the education of a child. Atty. Gilsbach provides informational graphics, quick-reference guides, procedural tips, and memorable case studies to reinforce the important lessons learned.

PTAs, Booster Clubs, & Education Foundations:
Avoiding Liability while Developing Relationships

12:00 PM (EST)

$95

PTAs, Booster Clubs, & Education Foundations:
Avoiding Liability while Developing Relationships

Can a public school be held responsible for the mistakes and misdeeds of 3rd-party organizations? How separate does a group need to be to ensure that their actions will not cause liability for a school? What can schools do to limit legal exposure while still taking advantage of the benefits of these essential relationships? In this webinar, nationally-recognized school law attorney Erin D. Gilsbach discusses how schools can minimize potential liability when working with 3rd-party community organizations, such as PTAs,. Booster Clubs, and foundations.

Top 10 Section 504 Mistakes:
Lessons Learned from Real-Life Cases

12:00 PM (EST)

$95

Top 10 Section 504 Mistakes:
Lessons Learned from Real-Life Cases

Lawsuits involving allegations of Section 504 violations are increasing and can be very costly for schools, yet very few schools have legally-defensible procedures and practices with regards to Section 504. As an attorney who specializes in legal professional development for schools, Atty. Gilsbach has found that public schools across the nation are making the same liability-inducing mistakes. In this fast-paced, easy-to-follow training, she identifies areas of much-need improvement and helps schools identify and SOLVE some of today’s most significant Section 504 legal liability issues.

Special Ed. Transitions - Life After High School:
Legally-Defensible Practices

12:00 PM (EST)

$95

Special Ed. Transitions - Life After High School:
Legally-Defensible Practices

In this session, Atty. Erin D. Gilsbach, Esq., highlights this important and often-overlooked issue of truly transitioning a student with special needs from high school to college, employment, and everyday adult life. She compares Section 504 rights at the K-12 and post-secondary levels, outlines basic employment-related ADA Title I disability rights and procedures, identifies the ADA Title III accessibility obligations available for public accommodations, and explains how all of this information is a crucial part of the transition process for students with disabilities and their parents.

Recording in the Classroom:
Legal Issues Involving Audio Recording, Video Recording, & Livestreaming

12:00 PM (EST)

$95

Recording in the Classroom:
Legal Issues Involving Audio Recording, Video Recording, & Livestreaming

From student cell phone videos to parent requests to record school meetings to the use of a broad network of security cameras on school grounds, the increasing use of audio/video recording and surveillance in schools raises a variety of legal issues. Today’s educators need to have a comprehensive understanding of the applicable laws in order to develop legally-defensive policies, procedures, and practices regarding audio/video technology. In this session, Atty. Erin D. Gilsbach provides a comprehensive analysis of the applicable laws as well as best practice tips for avoiding liability.

FERPA 101:  Student Records Rights & Privacy

12:00 PM (EST)

$95

FERPA 101: Student Records Rights & Privacy

This training identifies the 3 primary rights guaranteed to parents/students under FERPA & provides an overview of the federal privacy obligations of public schools.

When Do We Need a Nurse?
Public School Legal Obligations for Classrooms, Field Trips, and Extracurricular Activities

12:00 PM (EST)

$95

When Do We Need a Nurse?
Public School Legal Obligations for Classrooms, Field Trips, and Extracurricular Activities

When do schools need to have a nurse present? Are schools able to use volunteer nurses on field trips in lieu of school nurses? What about administration of medication on school trips? This session analyzes the laws that may require schools to have nursing staff present and discusses practical solutions to nursing shortages. Atty. Gilsbach, a frequent presenter on school nursing issues, provides important and much-needed information on this difficult subject. All school leaders, school nurses, educators, and school event organizers need to have this critical information.

Interested in requesting a customized webinar or recorded training or hosting any of these programs live at your school or organization?
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