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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

All-Day Training June 3rd: Disciplining Students with Behavioral Issues

Presented by the National Business Institute
Continuing Legal Education for Professionals

May 3, 2014

A Legal Overview of Complex Discipline Issues that
Affect Students with Behavioral Issues

Although no educator enjoys it, disciplining students is a common part of any school day, and can create complicated legal dilemmas for any school. Moreover, disciplining students whose misbehavior is a manifestation of their disabilities is also all too common, requiring a great deal of patience in addition to creating a whole other series of tricky legal issues.

These situations require copious amounts of documentation, and this documentation has to be legally sound. Are you up to date on the latest rules and standards? Learn techniques that you can use to avoid discipline problems and to ensure that your school stays legally compliant when they happen. Register today!
  • Learn how No Child Left Behind interacts with IDEA, and which law covers appropriate areas concerning disciplining students with behavioral issues.
  • Understand what response strategies are legally appropriate for certain disruptive behaviors, such as unwanted physical and sexual gestures, advances or exhibitions.
  • Gain information on when a functional behavior assessment is necessary and on useful procedures to conduct one.
  • Get the latest on how to legally suspend and expel students with behavioral issues under IDEA.
  • Know the legal implications of the bullying of special needs students under various federal laws.
  • Learn the best practices for students with behavior challenges.
Who Should Attend

This basic-to-intermediate level seminar is designed for school administrators, teachers, principals and vice principals, counselors, psychologists, social workers, school nurses, special education program specialists, attorneys, and paralegals. Course content:
  • An Overview of Applicable Laws
  • Difficult Disruptive Behavioral Problems and Legally Appropriate Response Strategies
  • Determining and Documenting Behavioral Issues
  • Discipline and Expulsion: A Practical Legal Guide
  • Bullying and Students with Behavioral Issues
  • Best Practices for Students with Behavior Challenges

When:   9:00am - 4:30pm Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Where: Sheraton Boston Hotel
                   39 Dalton Street
                   Boston, MA 02199

Cost:    $349.00 ($339 apiece for each additional person);
                   Registration includes course book; audio CD $49 extra.

Register HERE.

Speakers

JESSICA MINAHAN, M.Ed., BCBA, is the director of behavioral services at NESCA, p.c. in Newton, Massachusetts. Ms. Minahan is co-author, with psychiatrist Nancy Rappaport, of "The Behavior Code: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students," published by Harvard Education Press. She is currently completing a companion workbook. Since 2000, she has worked with students who exhibit highly challenging behavior in both their homes and schools. She specializes in creating behavioral intervention plans for students who demonstrate explosive and unsafe behavior. She also works with students with emotional and behavioral challenges, anxiety disorders, depression, and high-functioning autism.

Ms. Minahan received her B.S. degree in intensive special education from Boston University, and a dual master's degree in special education and elementary education from Wheelock College. She has a certificate of graduate study (CGS) in teaching children with Autism from University of Albany, and received her BCBA training from Northeastern University. Her additional Massachusetts certifications include Teacher of Students with Special Needs (Pre-K through 9), Intensive Special Needs (All Levels), Professional Early Childhood (Pre-K through 3), Special Education Administration (All Levels, Initial), Crisis Prevention Intervention Trainer and Wilson Reading Certification, Level 1.

LILLIAN E. WONG is the principal of The Law Office of Lillian E. Wong, LLC, located in Reading. She has focused her practice in the areas of special education law, student discipline and education law since 2009. Ms. Wong has represented parents and their children at IEP meetings, manifestation determinations, due process hearings and settlement negotiations. She has advocated for her clients' inclusion in the general education setting and helped other clients obtain private placements.

Ms. Wong is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association (MBA), the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA), The Special Needs Advocacy Network (SPAN), and Massachusetts Advocates for Children's Coalition to Defend Special Education. She is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, and before the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Ms. Wong earned her A.B. degree at Dartmouth College and her J.D. degree at the University of California School of Law at Los Angeles.

EILEEN M. HAGERTY represents students with disabilities and their parents in disputes with their school districts. She represents and advises parents regarding all aspects of special education disputes, including the TEAM meeting process (evaluations, eligibility determinations, IEP development, program and placement disputes); suspension and expulsion hearings; proceedings before the Bureau of Special Education Appeals (BSEA), including discovery, negotiation, pre-hearing conferences, and administrative hearings; federal district court and appellate court litigation; and attorneys’ fee litigation. She represents students with all types of disabilities; including autism spectrum disorders, dyslexia and other learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, and mental health issues.

Ms. Hagerty has been named as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer in the field of education law each year from 2004 to the present. She was chosen as one of Boston’s Top Rated Lawyers in education law (Boston Globe, 2012) and has been selected as one of the Top Women Attorneys in Massachusetts (Boston Magazine, April 2013). She has co-chaired Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education’s Annual School Law Conference each year from 2010 to the present. Prior to joining Kotin, Crabtree & Strong, LLP, Ms. Hagerty was co-founder and partner at a small civil litigation firm. Before that, she served as an assistant United States attorney and a special assistant district attorney, and litigated at a large Boston law firm. She served as law clerk to Judge Frederick B. Lacey of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Ms. Hagerty participates in various public service activities; including serving as a member of the Board of Directors of a non-profit advocacy organization, Massachusetts Advocates for Children (MAC), and serving as MAC’s board chair from 2006 to 2012. She also serves as a member of MAC’s autism advisory committee and as a member of the advocacy committee of the Asperger’s Association of New England (AANE). Ms. Hagerty lectures and writes frequently on topics in special education law for both legal and lay audiences.

JOHN J. DAVIS is a founding partner in the Boston law firm of Pierce, Davis & Perritano, LLP. He is a 1978 cum laude graduate of Tufts University and an active member of the Tufts Alumni Admissions Program. In 1981, Mr. Davis graduated from Boston University School of Law, where he was on the Editorial Board of the Boston University Law Review. Mr. Davis is licensed to practice in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island, the First Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. Supreme Court, and in the state courts of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Mr. Davis concentrates in the defense of municipal liability, employment, law enforcement and civil rights actions, and in the interpretation of liability insurance policies.

Mr. Davis was lead defense counsel in Brum v. Town of Dartmouth, 428 Mass. 684 (1999), the landmark Supreme Judicial Court municipal immunity decision, and in Parker v. Hurley, 514 F.3d 87 (1st Cir.), cert. den., 555 U.S. 815 (2008), wherein the First Circuit upheld the right of public schools to use same-sex teaching materials in the classroom. He is a frequent lecturer for MCLE, and has participated as a speaker at the American Bar Association, the Boston Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute, the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, the International Municipal Lawyers Association, the Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association, the Massachusetts Municipal Association, and numerous in-house seminars for school groups, municipal groups and insurers.

JOSHUA D KRELL is a partner with Clark, Hunt, Ahern & Embry, a general practice firm in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Mr. Krell’s primary practice centers upon the representation of private schools and human service agencies serving individuals with disabilities, as well as other non-profit and for-profit entities. He advises clients with regard to corporate issues, regulatory agencies and administrative matters, employment and probate issues, and special education related litigation.

Mr. Krell received his B.A. degree from Bates College and his J.D. degree from the University of Maine School of Law. Mr. Krell is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Boston Inn of Court. He further serves his community as a member of the Human Rights Committee at The Learning Center, a special education program of the Guild for Human Services, Inc., located in Waltham.

BERINA MATTOS is clinical director and co-owner of Bay Coast Behavioral. She performs behavioral assessments with children and families. Ms. Mattos develops behavior intervention plans that provide for the factors in the child's life. She implements behavior intervention plans and trains staff and parents on behavioral coaching. Ms. Mattos monitors and evaluates behavioral data. She interfaces with other service providers and agencies (DCF, DCYF, CEDARR Centers, Community Mental Health Agencies, Foster care, and group home agencies). Ms. Mattos earned her B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Massachusetts. She is also a licensed social worker and mental health clinician.

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