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Special Education Law in Colorado

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Topic Areas:
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Course ID:
6 Hours 15 Minutes
Original Prog Date:
Dec 03, 2012
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  • Develop a data-driven, bullet proof IEP
  • Avoid costly mistakes and defend IEPs the right way
  • Practical tips for preventing claims
  • The latest regulations and what they mean for your school

One of the greatest challenges that 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 professionals not only have an awareness of the changes taking place, but to also have an understanding of how these changes impact their day-to-day activities and the students they serve. A cursory knowledge of the law or applying common sense do not begin to protect school districts and professionals 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.


Pre-Referral or RtI

  • Three Tier Process
  • Data Collection
  • Scientific Inquiry
  • Response to Intervention

Referral Process

  • Written Notice
  • Rule Out Process
  • Evaluation, Eligibility Determination and IEPs
  • IEP Team Membership
  • Duty to Evaluate: Child Find
  • Evaluation and Re-Evaluation
  • Special Eligibility Considerations
  • Determination of Eligibility
  • Two Prong Test
  • Not Just Modifications
  • Sharing the Results
  • Assessment Team
  • Parent Input
  • Independent Educational Evaluations
  • Parental Access to Records
  • Development Review and Revision of the IEP
  • IEP Accountability
  • Accessibility of IEP to Support Staff and Teachers
  • Considerations for Non-Academic and Extracurricular Activities

Procedural Safeguards, Mediation & Due Process

  • Prior Written Notice
  • Administrative Complaint
  • Mediation
  • Due Process
  • Sufficiency Notice
  • Resolution Meeting
  • Expedited vs. General Due Process
  • Notice Requirements
  • Low Cost Attorneys

Transition Requirements

  • Minimum Requirements
  • Timing of Transition Plans
  • IDEA Requirements

Discipline and Behavioral Interventions

  • Key Definitions
  • Change of Placement
  • Functional Behavioral Assessment
  • Behavior Improvement Plan
  • Manifestation Determination
  • FAPE
  • Limitations
  • 10-Day Rule
  • Interim Alternative Educational Setting Defined
  • When to Use
  • 45 Day Rule
  • Children Not Yet Eligible Rights


  • Define pre-referral process.
  • Discuss the basics of Response to Interventions.
  • Explain the evaluation process.
  • Describe the changes to IEPs.
  • Outline the criteria used in determining appropriate disciplinary action for a student with a disability.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the prior written notice requirements.


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Target Audience Educators, Special Educators, Administrators, Principals, Educational Professionals, Social Workers, School Counselors, School Psychologists, Speech-Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists


NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate (participant will be able to print the certificate of completion after completing and passing the on-line post-test evaluation). Additional certificates are available for $19.99 USD per participant (additional participant will be emailed, mailed or faxed a certificate of completion after submitting and passing a post-test/evaluation). International CE rates may vary; please contact our Customer Service at 1-800-844-8260 for more details.

Continuing Education Information: This activity is designed to qualify for continuing education for the following professionals in every state: Educators, Special Educators, Administrators, Principals, Educational Professionals, Social Workers, School Counselors, School Psychologists, Speech-Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists

Information obtained in this course should be used within your scope of practice.

Listed below are the continuing education credit(s) currently available for this self-study package. Please note, your state licensing board dictates whether self-study is an acceptable form of continuing education. Please refer to your state rules and regulations. If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

CE Information is based on 100% attendance.

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Educators/Teachers (Self-Study)

This course consists of 6.25 self-study clock hours. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from this self-study activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements. 

Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants (Self-Study)


PESI, Inc. is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Provider #: 3322. This self-study course qualifies for 6.25 self-study contact hours or .625 CEUs. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Course Level: Intermediate. Expires: 12/03/2016.

Physical Therapists & Physical Therapy Assistants (Self-Study)

This self-study course consists of 6.25 clock hours of instruction that is applicable for physical therapists. CE requirements for physical therapists vary by state/jurisdiction. Please retain the certificate of completion that you receive and use as proof of completion when required.

Psychologists (Self-Study)

PESI, Inc. is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for these materials and their content. PESI, Inc. is offering these self-study materials for 6.25 hours of continuing education credit.

Social Workers (Self-Study)

PESI, Inc., #1062, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for the program. Licensed Social Workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social Workers will receive 6.25 (Clinical) continuing education clock hours for completing this self-study package. Course Level: All Levels.

Θ Other Professions (Self-Study)

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Dr. John E. McCook, Ed. has a background in teaching and administration which allows him to speak from a position of experience, not just theory and law. Dr. 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. He is the author of three additional books on the pre-referral process and RTI.

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 fi les 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.