2018 Every Child Counts Symposium: When You Dream It… Equity Opportunities + Opportunities = Possiblities
ACSA’s Student Services and Special Education Council presents this world-class learning event each year, featuring exciting workshops, informative keynotes and opportunities for skill development and networking. The Every Child Counts Symposium is designed for both beginning and veteran educational leaders and focuses on the latest in the field of student services and special education.
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DWK Speaking Schedule
WHO DECIDES TRACK IN HIGH SCHOOL? FROM DIPLOMAS TO CERTIFICATES AND EXIT FROM SPECIAL EDUCATION
Thursday, February 15 (8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.)
Sarah Sutherland, Attorney
Compliance with special education laws for students in high school, while also following State and local graduation requirements can create issues in the IEP process that requires working across departments and disciplines to resolve. This session will include review of IEP requirements for students on diploma versus certificate tracks, how those decisions should be made, at what time, and properly exiting the student from special education in either case. It will also suggest protocols for sites and programs, including guidelines for assessments, the least restrictive environment, meaningful parent participation, prior written notice, transitions, records, discipline, behavior, timelines, and appropriate goals and objectives and progress monitoring and reporting.
BEYOND THE BINARY: SUPPORTING GENDER NON-CONFORMING STUDENTS AT SCHOOL
Thursday, February 15 (2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.)
Pam Townsend, Attorney
Amanda Johnston, Attorney
Education Code section 221.5(f), went into effect approximately three years ago. This section reinforced existing law applicable to gender non-conforming students at school and ignited a state wide conversation about districts’ obligation to provide a safe and secure learning environment for all students including key issues related to names and pronouns, mandatory records, privacy concerns, accessibility to single-sex facilities, dress codes, discipline, bullying harassment and discrimination, and participation in physical education and extra-curricular athletics. This presentation will review best practices that have been used to address these issues and discuss guidelines for administrators to fully comply with the letter and spirit of the law.
HOW TO DISCIPLINE, INTERVENE, AND PREPARE AND CONDUCT AN EXPULSION HEARING IN A SNAPCHAT, INSTAGRAM, AND IPHONE WORLD
Thursday, February 15 (4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.)
Matt Juhl-Darlington, Attorney
Kidd Crawford, Attorney
Student discipline is more complex than ever. Our presentation covers student discipline basics, including common pitfalls, but focuses primarily on the administrator’s role in lawfully gathering credible, admissible evidence to support suspensions and expulsions in a time when tech-savvy students use sophisticated smart phones. We will explore the rules regarding justifiable search of a student’s phone and the administrator’s role during the investigation process. We will take you from the beginning of an investigation through the intervention process including suspensions and expulsion hearings.
LEGAL ROUND TABLE
Friday, February 16 (10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.)
Please join attorneys from Dannis Woliver Kelley’s Students and Special Education for a roundtable discussion on the topic of school refusal. We are seeing an increase in students refusing to attend school for a variety of reasons, and this trend has been noted nationally. During this 90 minute roundtable, we will share of the issues we have encountered around school refusal, some OAH decisions, as well as best (defensible) practices for addressing this often vexing problem. DWK attorneys will share their experiences with what has worked (and what has not worked) and will invite the audience to also share their experiences. We will also propose three case studies on school refusal to talk through and problem solve with the audience.