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Cancelled: Special Education Law and Advocacy

This, and other WEA trainings and conferences, has been cancelled due to concerns related to the COVID-19 virus. WEA will reassess the situation in early April and perhaps this training will be rescheduled.

Sponsored by WEA Special Education Support Center and Renton Education Association
Open to REA members only.

Understanding the Federal and State laws for providing special education programs in our public schools is imperative to ensure the compliant delivery of services to qualified students. And, how Special Education laws are applied is a matter of significant concern for educator workload and safety. The first day of this course provides an overview of the rules and regulations required for providing special education services. Based on WAC 392-172A and specific court cases, instruction provides participants with the tools needed to provide compliant services.
Participants will:

  • Gain awareness of the definition of Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) as it applies to students eligible for special education

  • Walk through the IEP process – from referral through IEP development and implementation

  • Gain awareness of the law as it applies to least restrictive environment (LRE)

  • Know the importance of parent and student participation in all program decisions

  • Gain awareness of procedural due process

The second day provides an opportunity for participants to work with others from their school, grade level, or specialty to discuss various potential strategies and develop advocacy plans to address specific problems in the workplace related to Special Education law or its misapplication.


  • A light continental breakfast and lunch will be provided both days.

  • Six clock hours are available for the first day of the training, and zero for the second day.

  • Participants need to attend both days and are encouraged to register with others from your school.It is anticipated that registration will exceed available space, so those beyond the first 48 to register will be notified that they are placed on a waiting list in case openings occur.

  • Participants will need to bring a laptop computer and, if available, a printed copy of the current REA collective bargaining agreement.

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