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Seminar Detail

Special Education Law in Rhode Island
Special Education Law in Rhode Island

Where:   WARWICK, RI

When:  Monday, October 28, 2013 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

One of the greatest challenges educators face today is ensuring compliance and implementation of the IDEA. With the many recent changes in both federal and state special education regulations, it is essential that you not only have an awareness of the changes taking place, but to also have an understanding of how these changes impact your day-to-day activities and the students you serve. A cursory knowledge of the law or applying common sense do not begin to protect school districts and you against the potential legal and financial consequences of misinterpreting special education regulations. Attend this seminar for the latest information on developments in the reauthorized IDEA and gain practical advice on how to effectively implement IDEA requirements in order to ensure compliance with the regulations while meeting the needs of students with disabilities.

  1. Explain the requirements for locating and identifying students with special needs under the “Child Find” obligation of the “Individuals with Disabilities Education Act”.
  2. Describe the purposes and required elements of the evaluation and reevaluation process.
  3. Write IEPs with measurable goals and objectives consistent with the student needs resulting from the disability.
  4. Determine appropriate disciplinary action for students with disabilities.
  5. Describe the due process procedure.
  6. Discuss ways to avoid the most common mistakes made by special education professionals.


Dr. John E. McCook, served as a consultant for school districts across the nation and has developed training programs for school districts on special education and Section 504. He has authored a book entitled The Administrator’s Guide to Discipline in IDEA and Section 504. In addition, he develops manuals for the practitioner on special education and Section 504.

Dr. McCook is the past director of Special Education and Pupil Personnel for the Knox County School District in Knoxville, Tennessee where he served as the district’s Section 504 Compliance Officer and is certified as a Rule 31 Mediator. During his time as director, Dr. McCook was able to reduce the number of special education students in his district from 11,605 to 8,279 by properly classifying them.

Dr. McCook is often used by legal firms to review cases and student files prior to litigation decisions. He regularly works with the Office for Civil Rights and has represented school districts in Section 504 and IDEA due process cases. As a frequent instructor on all aspects of education and special education law throughout the United States, he is well-respected. His presentations at national meetings, including the National School Board Association and the National Legal Conference for LRP, have won him acclaim and recognition in several publications regarding school legal issues and special education.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: John McCook is a Consultant for school districts. He receives royalties as an author for LRP Publications. Dr. McCook receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: John McCook has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
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