2020 Special Education Institute
About the Institute
This four-day Institute has been designed with busy educators in mind. In a short period of time, the participants will cover materials that would traditionally be taught in a semester-long course. This will be accomplished through significant reading in advance from Eric Herlan’s Maine Special Education Law, as well as collected court and hearing officer rulings. Participants will also complete a written exercise in advance of the course, and a written project either during or after the completion of the course. Class members will be required to prepare a written brief on one of the cases, participate in mock IEP meetings, and then finish the course presenting an abbreviated due process hearing. Participants will come out of the course with a strong knowledge of all the important procedural and substantive requirements of Maine special education law, including the disciplinary issues that impact this field, Section 504, FERPA, and other key issues impacting the delivery of services to students with disabilities.
The Institute is an intense and exciting learning experience for administrators, so we encourage participants to stay on campus. Commuters should bear in mind that we start early and on some days do not finish until after 7:00 PM. Because of the small class size and residential nature of the Institute, Eric Herlan and other guest instructors will be available to continue discussions and talk informally with participants throughout the four-day period.
Earn 4.5 C.E.U.s Over 3.5 Days
The Maine Department of Education has approved the Institute to fulfill the requirement for a course on special education law for purposes of administrator certification. Whether you need a course to satisfy a requirement, are looking for an update or simply have an interest in school law, the course will meet your needs. The course will also qualify for C.E.U.s from UMO for a small fee payable by check on the first day of the Institute.
(Note: Although the Institute provides certification and recertification credits, it is not affiliated with a college or university and does not provide graduate school credits.)