Special Education and Education Advocacy Training Series

Brought to you by Disability Rights New Mexico, Families ASAP, Pegasus Legal Services, and the NMSU Southwest Regional Training Center on behalf of CYFD-Behavioral Health Services.

Know your rights and how to advocate for your child and/or the families you work with. This training series will cover how to access the supports needed for a child that is struggling to remain in school or to be successful in school settings. Over the course of 4 two-hour trainings, experts in disability rights, special education and family advocacy will cover introductory special education concepts, student discipline, drafting a compliant and advocating for your child in school discipline hearings.

Four Training Topics

Read more below for details on each session. All training will be offered via live webinar from 2pm-4pm on the dates indicated. Please register to receive a link to each training.→August 20th Intro to Special Education Concepts

→ September 10th Student Discipline and Individualizing Support 

October 1st Drafting a Complaint- Advocacy and Legal Perspectives

→October 22nd School Discipline Hearings: Tips for Advocating for Your Child

2 CEUs per session, 8 for whole series

Register for one or more of the sessions, training topics will build on each other so we encourage you to attend them all, but they can be attended individually. Professionals are encouraged to share the training information with the parents and families they work with. 

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Training Session Details

Intro to Special Education Concepts
August 20, 2020, 2:00 pm-4:00 pm
Trainers:  Joan Curtiss, Senior Advocate, DRNM; Jesse Clifton, Staff Attorney, DRNM; Monica Miura, Lead CFPSW Trainer and Policy Advocate, Families ASAP.

Course Overview: Participants will learn about the basic principles of Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) and special education as well as the required obligations of schools to identify students with disabilities (Child Find). Training will cover the process for initial evaluation for special education services, including the required Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) timelines and parent initiated requests for evaluation. Parents and professionals who interface with the schools on behalf of children with disabilities will learn the importance of these processes in protecting and asserting the rights of students with disabilities as well as the role they play to assist families to advocate for necessary and appropriate academic, behavior, or social/emotional supports in the school setting.

Student Discipline and Individualizing Support
September 10, 20202:00 pm-4:00 pm
Trainers:  Jesse Clifton, Staff Attorney, DRNM; Joan Curtiss, Senior Advocate, DRNM; Monica Miura, Lead CFPSW Trainer and Policy Advocate, Families ASAP.

Course Overview:  Participants will learn about the role of accommodations and modifications to address academic as well as behavioral concerns of students with disabilities. They will also learn about the relevant events and timelines for school disciplinary procedures as applied to students with disabilities, the Manifestation Determination Review (MDR), and the development and importance of the Functional Behavior Assessments (FBAs) and Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs). Trainees will learn how to appropriately engage and advocate for a student with a disability during their MDR, and they will also learn how to utilize FBAs and BIPs as tools to attempt to address problematic, non-conforming behaviors for students with disabilities. Participants will understand the importance of actively participating in these processes in order to protect the rights and improve outcomes for students with disabilities.

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Drafting a Complaint- Advocacy and Legal Perspectives
October 1, 2020, 2:00 pm-4:00 pm
Trainers:  Joan Curtiss, Senior Advocate, DRNM; Jesse Clifton, Staff Attorney, DRNM; Monica Miura, Lead CFPSW Trainer and Policy Advocate, Families ASAP

Course Overview: Participants will learn about differences between a state complaint to the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) and a complaint to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR). Trainers will briefly discuss the parental right to request a due process hearing, this session will focus on how parents, or family peer support workers assisting them, can draft their own complaints to NMPED or OCR. Participants will learn about relevant considerations when deciding which process to pursue, as well as the different requirements of each type of complaint process. Trainers will provide their advocacy and legal perspectives on these processes and the various components to each type of complaint. Trainees will have an understanding of the general process and timeline of the two types of complaints. Family Peer Support Workers and parents will be equipped and understand how to draft and file effective NMPED and OCR complaints for students with disabilities.

School Discipline Hearings: Tips for Advocating for Your Child
October 22, 2020, 2:00 pm-4:00 pm
Trainers: Lily Hofstra, Pegasus Legal Services for Children & Monica Miura, Lead CFPSW Trainer and Policy Advocate, Families ASAP.

Course Overview: In this workshop, participants will learn strategies to use if their child is facing a school disciplinary hearing and possible disciplinary removal. Participants will learn about the importance of preserving their rights throughout the discipline process, including after a discipline decision is made. The workshop will also present some of the negative effects of exclusionary discipline on student success and the disproportionate patterns of school discipline by race and disability status.

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For questions about registration please contact Lorretta Diaz at lediaz@nmsu.edu