Oct. 11 & 13: Special Ed 101 and 201

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September 28, 2011 Are you new to special education? Or are you perhaps familiar with the basics and now want to know more about becoming a Local Education Agency (LEA) for special education? Don't miss our Special Education 101 and 201 webinars, where you can learn about a variety of topics to help your school improve access to and outcomes from services for students with special needs.

Special Education 101

October 11, 2001
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
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The number of children with identified as having special needs continues to grow, and students and parents are increasingly turning to charter schools for quality special education options. Charter school operators and educators must have a clear understanding of federal and state policies affecting these children in the education setting, and the options available to charter schools when it comes to serving these students. It will then explore key concepts in special education, including:

  • Statutory Framework for Special Education: Overview of Special Education Laws
  • Special Education Governance and Funding: Overview of Statewide Special Education Structures and Options for Charter Schools
  • The Special Education Process: Tips and Resources for Identification, Assessment, and IEP Development
  • Dispute Resolution: Compliance Complaints, Due process Hearings, and Mediation

Special Education 201

October 13, 2001
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
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As charter schools carry out their mission to provide innovative, high quality services and supports to students with special needs, many schools are seeking governance and funding arrangements that will provide them with increased autonomy and flexibility for special education. This workshop will discuss California's complex governance and funding structures for special education, explore the special education options available to charter schools across the state, assist schools in identifying the options most suitable for their program, and guide schools through the process of seeking status as a Local Educational Agency (LEA) for special education. Topics to be discussed include:

  • Special Education Finance: The AB 602 Funding Model and What it Means for Your School
  • Special Education Governance: Statewide Special Education Structures
  • Special Education Options for Charter Schools: Determining What is Right for Your Charter School
  • Seeking LEA status for Special Education: SELPA Options, Applications, and Important Timelines
  • Preparing for LEA Status: Building the Capacity to Succeed as an Independent LEA