This 5-day academy is designed for new District Level Special Education Administrators with less than three years' experience and as well as Building Level Coordinators new to their position. Level I Academy will provide participants with a solid foundation, skills and knowledge in the ever changing and complex field of Special Education Administration. In addition to foundational skills and content knowledge, Level I will also focus upon leadership development, networking through collegial support, provision of resources, advice and guidance. Content/topics listed below are tentative and can be adapted based on the needs of individuals enrolled in the Academy.

Facilitator(s): Jane Bergeron-Beaulieu, and others.

5 Day Academy Cost: $900 (Non-members), $850 (NHASEA members)

Times:

8:30 AM Registration/Get Settled/Coffee

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Program with topics as specified below

Registration Deadline:            Friday, September 21, 2018 or when space fills (whichever comes first)

Location: 25 Triangle Park Drive, Concord, NH 03301

 

DATES TOPICS
 Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Leadership in Special Education

Supervision and Evaluation of Special Education Staff

 Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Budgets and Fiscal Management of Special Education

Special Education Law, Tips and Traps for Leaders of Special Education Administrators

 Wednesday, November 28, 2018

NH Dept. of Education Special Education Compliance Monitoring

Federal Assurances, Grants

 Wednesday, December 19, 2018 Personnel & Human Resources, Hiring Practices for Special Education
 Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Specially Designed Instruction, Role of Special Education Administrators

Working in Collaboration with Building Principals

 Wednesday, February 13, 2019  Snow date
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

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Date:                  Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Check-in:           8:30 a.m. Registration and Lite Breakfast

Session Time:    9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Location:           25 Triangle Park Drive, Concord, NH 03301

Cost:                  $195.00 per person

Sponsored by the New Hampshire Association of Special Education Administrators and presented by Drummond Woodsum’s special education team: Gerald M. Zelin and Eric R. Herlan.

Have you noticed?  Nothing stays the same in special education!  Look at this lineup of developments:

  • In March 2017 the New Hampshire Board of Education amended the state’s special education rules.  The new rules include LOTS of changes, many of which will alter the way that schools practice special education.
  • A new First Circuit ruling addresses the interplay between the school’s written prior notice, IEPs, and questions about methodology.  This decision impacts documentation of every IEP meeting you hold.
  • Not enough?  You all know this – The U.S. Supreme Court recently issued its first ruling since 1982 on how extensive the school duty is to provide a FAPE.  This decision, in the Endrew F. case, may be the most important special education ruling by the Supreme Court in decades.

New Rules!  FAPE!  IEPs and WPNs!  Drummond Woodsum’s special education team will review each and every one of these new developments, and what they all mean for school districts in New Hampshire. This is a conference not to miss.

**This conference is a repeat of the May 11, 2017 conference, an encore for those who missed the first one.  Drummond Woodsum’s special education team will look at New Hampshire’s rule changes, new developments in identifying a FAPE, and the interplay between IEPs and written prior notices.  There will be something for almost everyone involved in special education.  Jerry Zelin, Erin Feltes, and Eric Herlan will review each and every one of these new developments, and what they all mean for school districts in New Hampshire.  This is a conference that simply should not be missed by anyone trying to keep up with special education.

Who should attend?

We recommend this conference for all special education directors, case managers, building principals, LEA representatives, private school administrators, people training to be any of the above, and anyone else interested in education and special education developments. Be there!

Registration Deadline:            Friday, October 19, 2018 or when space fills (whichever comes first)

Register online at: www.nhasea.org and click on “Trainings and Events”

 

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The IDEA may get all of the attention, but schools also have very important obligations towards students with disabilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. This professional development opportunity will provide an overview of these two laws and how to build and maintain an effective Section 504 program in your school.

Workshop highlights include:

~ Special Education vs. Section 504 - Understand the differences between these two complex laws and how they both apply in your schools

~ Current Section 504 Eligibility Standards

~ 504 Plans - When are they needed and what must be included?

~ District Liability under Section 504 - What you need to know to minimize your risks

~ Surviving an OCR Investigation - Best practices on how to effectively handle an OCR complaint

~ Latest Legal Developments - service animals, CART, concussions, website accessibility, and MUCH MORE!!

 

Facilitator(s): Erin Feltes, Esquire and Allen Kropp, Esquire - Drummond Woodsum

1 Day Workshop: Cost: $275.00 Per Person

 

Session Time:

8:30 AM Registration/Get Settled/Coffee

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Session Time

 

Who Should Attend: Section 504 Coordinators, Guidance Counselors, Principals, Special Education Administrators

 

Location: 25 Triangle Park Drive, Concord, NH 03301

 

Registration Deadline:            Friday, September 21, 2018 or when space fills (whichever comes first)

Date:                                                                

Monday, September 24, 2018

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

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Half day Session

Date:            Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Time:            9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Location:     25 Triangle Park Drive, Concord, NH 03301

Cost:             $95.00 per person

A written prior notice is one of the most important documents in special education, yet it remains one of the most difficult documents to get right.  Presented by Drummond Woodsum’s special education team, this interactive workshop will address these lingering questions about written prior notices:

  • When must a written prior notice be issued?
  • What information must be included in the written prior notice?
  • Why does it all matter? - A look at how written prior notices have been used in recent court cases. 

Participants will also have an opportunity to practice drafting written prior notices for complex situations.

Facilitator(s): Gerald Zelin, Esquire and Eric Herlan, Esquire - Drummond Woodsum

Who should attend?

We recommend this conference for all special education staff, building principals, LEA representatives, private school administrators, and anyone else responsible for drafting written prior notices. 

Registration Deadline:           Friday, November 9, 2018 or when space fills (whichever comes first)

Register online online using the button below or download and complete a registration form and mail it to NHASEA, 25 Triangle Park Drive, #103, Concord, NH 03301 or fax to: 224-0684.

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 This is a 5-day Academy designed to assist new special educators with the nuts and bolts of managing the special education process. Participants will learn how to apply the essential procedural requirements in each step of the special education process including Written Prior Notice, consent and timelines; to use evaluation data for educational planning; and to write appropriate IEPs that include present levels of performance, measurable goals and appropriate accommodations and modifications. In addition, strategies for good communication and collaboration with parents and general education teachers will be addressed at each step in the special education process. While designed for new teachers, the Academy can be a great refresher for experienced staff.

Facilitator: Carol Kosnitsky.

5 Day Academy:  Cost: $900.00 Per Person

Times:

8:30 AM Registration/Get Settled/Coffee

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Session Time

 

Location: 25 Triangle Park Drive, Concord, NH 03301

 

Registration Deadline:            Friday, September 14, 2018 or when space fills (whichever comes first)

DATES

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Monday, November 5, 2018

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Thursday, January 10, 2019

*Thursday, January 31, 2019 Snow Date

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After more than 40 years of IDEA implementation, the very core of this landmark legislation is still being explored – “What is specially designed instruction (SDI) and what does it look like in 2018?” This 4 day academy will examine this question from all angles and provide a framework for experienced special education administrators to reflect upon their district’s infrastructure and provision of SDI.

The academy will establish the historical and legal context of SDI and its relationship to the concept of FAPE. Participants will explore the characteristics and relationship of SDI to high probability practices, evidence-based practices and “best practice.” Current research, including work from CEEDARS, CEC, and the National Institute on Intensive Interventions will provide a framework for examining SDI practices in both academic and social/emotional domains. With a solid understanding of SDI, participants will identify how IEP teams can more effectively describe SDI in the IEP, Written Prior Notice and other associated documents.

Before concluding, participants will examine the sufficiency of SDI provided in their districts through a self-assessment and reflect upon their district’s assets, barriers and next steps.

After participating in this academy, administrators will:

  • Revisit the historical and legal definition of SDI;
  • Differentiate between the characteristics of “best practice” and “SDI”
  • Develop a framework for the relationship and interdependence of general and special education in the provision of SDI
  • Examine examples of SDI in all aspects of disability related needs including academic, social-emotional, behavioral and executive functioning.
  • Examine different models of SDI along a continuum including pull-out, push-in, co-teaching and alternative curriculum.
  • Examine the implications for IEP development, including “how disability affects…,” goals, accommodations and progress monitoring.
  • Leave with a plan to bring the conversation in their educational community.

Targeted Audience: Experienced Special Education Administrators

Facilitator: Carol Kosnitsky

4 Day Academy: Cost: $850.00 Per Person

Session Time:

8:30 AM Registration/Get Settled/Coffee and Lite Breakfast

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Session Time

 

Location: 25 Triangle Park Drive, Concord, NH 03301

 

Registration Deadline:            Friday, October 5, 2018 or when space fills (whichever comes first)

 

DATES                                              

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 (snow date)

 

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Schools within New Hampshire are embracing initiatives designed to become “trauma-informed” and “trauma responsive” schools. This seminar examines the trauma-informed schools movement through a legal lens, discusses the relationship between trauma and IDEA/504 eligibility, surveys the various legislative responses to trauma, looks at trauma-informed responses through the prism of New Hampshire law, explores the new duties that schools are assuming, establishes a framework for conducting an internal audit of your District’s responses to trauma, identifies the potential liabilities that come with those duties, and concludes with some timely “best practice” recommendations for those schools that are embracing the trauma-informed movement.

Facilitator(s):
Dean Eggert, Esquire and Alison Minutelli, Esquire – Wadleigh, Starr and Peters

1/2 Day Workshop: Cost: $95.00 Per Person

 

Who Should Attend:
School Leaders, Special Education Administrators, Guidance Counselors, Principals, Assistant Superintendents and Superintendents

Session Time:
8:30 AM Registration/Get Settled/Coffee and Lite Breakfast
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Session Time

 

Location: 25 Triangle Park Drive, Concord, NH 03301

SESSION DATE: Wednesday, December 5, 2018

 

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Drummond Woodsum’s Special Education Team addresses the whole host of legal issues that arise when students are truant and miss large amounts of school time. We will address New Hampshire’s truancy law and available court avenues, as well as how student truancy impacts special education child find obligations. And of course, this conference will also review the IEP duties that schools have toward non attending students, including the interplay with New Hampshire’s truancy laws. This is one of the most pressing dilemmas faced by public schools, as student non-attendance continues as a seemingly intractable problem.

Facilitator(s): Eric Herlan, Esquire and Gerald Zelin, Esquire – Drummond Woodsum

1 Day Workshop: Cost: $275.00 Per Person

Session Time:

8:30 AM Registration/Get Settled/Coffee and Lite Breakfast

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Session Time

Location: Grappone Conference Center, 70 Constitution Avenue, Concord, NH 03301

Who Should Attend: Special Educators, Principals, Guidance Counselors, Special Education Administrators

SESSION DATE:

Thursday, January 17, 2019

 

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