Back-to-School Conference- October 5, 2019 Conference

For PARENTS, PROFESSIONALS and PROVIDERS

Meet our Conference Sponsors

More Than 40 Sponsors!

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Back-to-School: Special Education Parent Empowerment Conference

School is back in session!  Prepare yourself for a successful year at SEEK's 2nd annual conference with trending special education issues and must-know advocacy skills to help your child or clients. SEEK is Connecticut’s only parent/professional run organization created to identify barriers in special education and SEEK solutions through changing policy and legislation.


PARENTS, PROFESSIONALS AND PROVIDERS - TICKETS $65

Online Tickets available through 10/2/19. Tickets are $85 at the door.


SCHEDULE

9:00 a.m. - Registration.  Coffee, Pastries, Visit Sponsors  

9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Welcome, Panel Introduction

9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Morning Panel: How Special Education Decisions are Made

  • Typhanie Jackson, Director of Special Education, New Haven Public Schools
  • Attorney Linda Yoder, Partner, Shipman and Goodwin LLP
  • Kirsten Dovenberg, Esq., independent mediator, Bureau of Special Education, Connecticut State Department of Education
  • Natalie Jones, Educational Consultant, Connecticut State Department of Education
  • Attorney Andrew Feinstein, Feinstein Education Law Group
  • Panel Moderator - Jacqueline Rabe Thomas, Education Reporter, The Connecticut Mirror

11:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Coffee/Tea Break, Visit Sponsors

11:15 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Simultaneous Workshops

  • A1. IEPs, FBAs & BIPs for Children with Behavioral Challenges by  Jeffrey Forte, Esq. & Solandy Forte, Ph.D., LCSW, BCBA-D
  • A2. Best Practices in Transition Planning for Individuals with ASD by Nicholas Gelbar, Ph.D.
  • A3. Understanding Your Student's IEP by Attorney John Flanders
  • A4. Reading Basics by Kathleen Whitbread, Ph.D.

12:30 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. Grab Bag Lunch, Visit Sponsors

12:45 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. SEEK Update, Panel Introduction

1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Midday Panel: The Future of Special Education 

  • Rep. Bobby Sanchez, Chairman, Education Committee, Connecticut Legislature 
  • Denise Marshall, Executive Director, Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) 
  • Patrice McCarthy, Deputy Director and General Counsel, Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE) 
  • Steven Hernandez, Executive Director, Connecticut Commission on Women, Children and Seniors 
  • Robyn Kaplan-Cho, Connecticut Education Association 
  • Panel Moderator - Andrew Feinstein, Esq.

2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Simultaneous Workshops

  • B1. Using Literacy Evaluations to Inform Instruction & Assess Progress by Sheryl Knapp, M.Ed., C/AOGPE, CDT
  • B2. School Refusal & Truancy by Jennifer Laviano, Esq.
  • B3. All About Independent Educational Evaluations (IEE) by Diane Willcutts, Education Advocate
  • B4. Parent Advocacy Playbook: Essential Tips for Navigating the IEP  Process by Kit Savage, Education Advocate & Julie Swanson, Education  Advocate and SEEK President

3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Coffee Break, Visit Sponsors

3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Simultaneous Workshops

  • C1. Trans-Students: Obtaining Educational Services via IDEA & 504 by Dana Jonson, Esq.
  • C2. Legal and Financial Planning: How to protect and preserve funds  for your loved one’s care - now and in the future by Michael Beloff, CFP  & ChFC & Colleen Masse, Esq.
  • C3. Disciplining Students with Disabilities - suspension, expulsion & manifestation determination by Erin Shaffer, Esq.
  • C4. Mock PPT Meeting, an interactive performance. by Anne Treimanis, Esq.   

5:00 p.m. Cash Bar Reception

Saturday, October 5, 2019 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM EDT

Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale

155 Temple Street 

New Haven, CT 06510 


Includes full day conference, 2 panels, 3 break out sessions, light breakfast and lunch.


SEEK CT Back-to-School: Special Education Parent Empowerment Conference

Sat, October 5, 2019

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM EDT

Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale

155 Temple Street

New Haven, CT 06510


Sponsorships and Exhibitor tables

AVAILABLE NOW!

Sponsors and Exhibitors will reach Connecticut parents of special education students, advocates, attorneys and related service professionals at SEEK’s 2nd annual conference.  SEEK’s conference features trending special education issues and must-know advocacy skills.


SEEK is Connecticut’s only parent/professional run organization created to identify barriers in special education and SEEK solutions through changing policy and legislation.


SPONSORS AND EXHIBITORS - TICKETS $250 - $1,500

Saturday, October 5, 2019 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM EDT

Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale

155 Temple Street 

New Haven, CT 06510 

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