2021 Maine Special Education School Law Summer Institute (Virtual!)
About the InstituteWe are taking our Institute virtual again for 2021 using Zoom, a cloud based video conferencing service. This program has been designed with busy educators in mind. 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 new edition of 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 virtual mock IEP meetings, and then finish the course presenting an abbreviated due process hearing-virtually of course! 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 be fully present during their online sessions. Because of the small class size and casual nature of the Institute, Eric Herlan and other guest instructors will be available to continue discussions and talk informally with participants throughout the 8-day period. A course in Special Education Law is required for new administrator certification in Maine. What better way to meet your requirements than to learn from the best and have fun doing it! Topics Include:
- The IEP and Team Process
- Special Education Procedures
- Free Appropriate Public Education
- Least Restrictive Programming/Classroom Accommodations
- Discipline of Students with Disabilities
- Section 504 and FERPA
- COVID-19 masks and compensatory ed issues
Earn 4.5 C.E.U.s over 8 - half day sessions!
The 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.
(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.)