We’ve gathered some of the most experienced subject matter experts to talk about critical and emerging issues affecting vulnerable students.

Unauthorized audio recording or videotaping of any session is strictly prohibited.


8:15 a.m.
Registration and continental breakfast
8:55 a.m.
9 a.m.
Ohio Department of Education (ODE) — Office for Exceptional Children
Jo Hannah Ward, director, OEC, ODE
Join the new director of the Office for Exceptional Children (OEC) and other staff members as they provide updates about amendments to the operating standards, and Doe settlement as well as other developments in the office.
9:45 a.m.
Special education for students who are homeless or in foster care
Jessica L. Dawso, Esq., Scott Scriven LLP, and Kristin E. Hildebrant, Esq., Disability Rights Ohio
Students who are homeless or in foster care are among the most vulnerable in any school. This session offers steps to identify, evaluate and provide appropriate services to special education students who are homeless or in foster care to ensure districts are meeting their obligations to provide free appropriate public education to all students.
11 a.m.
11:15 a.m.
Hot topics in special education
Christina Henagen Peer, Esq., Walter Haverfield LLP
Hear about new and developing topics in the field of special education, including education for students who are incarcerated or hospitalized; Functional Behavioral Assessments, Behavior Intervention Plans and behavior goals in individualized education programs (IEPs); recent due process decisions from ODE; and ensuring family involvement for English learners with disabilities.
12:15 p.m.
Lunch (provided)
1:15 p.m.
The IEP playlist: Tips for effective IEP meetings
Laura G. Anthony, Esq., Bricker & Eckler LLP
This fast-paced and interactive session will cover tips and best practices to help school districts make IEP meetings effective. Learn about the importance of preparation, documentation and follow-up and hear case examples to illustrate what districts should avoid.
2:30 p.m.
2:45 p.m.
Getting — and keeping — parents involved in the special education process
Leighann K. Fink, Esq., Roetzel & Andress
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act mandates that districts include parents at every step of the special education process. How can districts get parents more actively involved? What can derail a district’s relationship with parents? Learn the answers to these questions and more.
3:45 p.m.