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Special Education Workshops

A variety of Special Education workshops presented by Robyn Kaplan-Cho, CEA Retirement Specialist.

  • Bargaining Special Education Language: Where Students' Rights and Teachers' Rights Intersect

    Your contract can serve as an important vehicle for protecting your rights and advancing your concerns as a teacher working with special education students. In this workshop, teachers will learn how to integrate special education issues into the collective bargaining process. Participants will study the pros and cons of negotiating contract provisions related to performing health procedures, teacher notification and scheduling of PPT meetings, professional development opportunities, class-size limitations, local dispute resolution procedures for special-education-related problems, placement decisions, and many more related topics. Model contract language will be provided. This workshop is ideal for negotiating committees and teachers with a particular interest in this area of the law.

    Length: 2+ hours
    Presenter: Robyn Kaplan-Cho, CEA

  • Knowledge Is the Best Protection: Preventing-Responding to Assaults by Students

    As the demands to address all of a student's academic and emotional needs have increased, it is vitally important that all teachers are informed of their legal rights and duties related to assaults by students.

    In this timely workshop, you will learn:

    • What preventive actions you should take to protect yourself and your students before an incident occurs.
    • What procedures you can and should take in the event you are assaulted by a student.
    • What actions you are allowed to take under Connecticut law if self-defense is necessary to prevent further injury to yourself or to other staff or students.
    • Why it's important to report any assaults or threats of assaults to your principal & and the reporting requirements of principals if there is an assault.
    • What your Association can do to help you take whatever steps are appropriate to protect your rights as an employee, including measures to provide a safer workplace for everyone in the building.
    • What safety provisions can be negotiated in your collective bargaining agreement related to student assaults.

    Length: 2+ hours
    Presenter: Robyn Kaplan-Cho, CEA

  • Myth Busters: Understanding Your Legal Rights and Responsibilities in the Special Education Process

    This workshop focuses on the laws of special education with a particular emphasis on regular and special education teachers' rights and responsibilities when participating in the special education process. Participants will learn what the law requires of them as well as what they can and cannot do in such areas as PPT meetings, drafting IEPs, and accommodating students in the regular education environment. The impact of special education laws on teachers' working conditions as well as changes to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) will be integrated into the workshop.

    Length: 2+ hours
    Presenter: Robyn Kaplan-Cho, CEA

  • Section 504: An Emerging Issues for Teachers

    Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is receiving increased attention in schools and many more teachers are working daily with 504 students than ever before. This workshop will provide an overview of the civil rights law including the 2008 changes, review its procedural requirements (with an emphasis on the eligibility process) and relationship to IDEA, and its applicability to such timely issues as AD(H)D, field trips, and allergies.

    Length: 2+ hours
    Presenter: Robyn Kaplan-Cho, CEA

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