Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference with Pete Wright, Esq. – Napa Valley

May 19, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Napa Valley Performing Arts Center Lincoln Theater
100 California Dr
Yountville, CA 94599
165.00 - 235.00
Lincoln Theater

Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference, a Wrightslaw training program featuring Pete Wright, Esq., is being sponsored by Joanne Elizabeth Gouaux.

The program will be held at:

Napa Valley Performing Arts Center
Lincoln Theater
100 California Drive
Yountville, CA 94599

Program Description

One-day special education law and advocacy programs focus on four areas:

  • special education law, rights and responsibilities
  • tests and measurements to measure progress & regression
  • introduction to tactics & strategies for effective advocacy

Wrightslaw programs are designed to meet the needs of parents, educators, health care providers, advocates and attorneys who represent children with disabilities regarding special education. The program is not disability specific.


9:00-10:30 IDEA

  • IDEA History, Book Overview, US Supreme Ct Cases
  • Section 1400 – Findings, Purpose
  • Section 1401 – Definitions: Disability, Special Education, Related Services, LD, etc.
10:30-10:45 Break
  • Section 1412 – ESY, Child Find, LRE, Private Placements 
  • Understanding Tests and Measurements, and the Bell Curve, Standard Scores, Scale Scores, % ranks, Grade Equivalent, Age Equivalent, Determining progress v. regression using Bar Graphs
12:00-2:00 Lunch
  • Section 1414 – Evaluations and IEPs
  • Section 1415 – Due Process, Rules of Procedure, Discipline
  • Section 504, ADA, FERPA, ESSA
  • Episodic Conditions, Allergies, Epilepsy, etc.
  • Recent Cases + OCR, USDOJ

The Parent as the Special Ed Manager and Expert

  • Developing the Master Plan
  • Knowing the Rules of the Game
  • Recognizing and Avoiding the Fatal Obstacles
  • How to Deal with Conflict, a Healthy and Normal event
  • Crisis, Emergency, Help
  • Organization of the Child’s File
3:30-3:45 Break
3:45-5:00 Tactics and Strategies

  • Rule of Adverse Assumptions
  • Private Evaluations
  • Paper Trails
  • The Letter to the Stranger
  • 5 Ws + H + E
  • Preparation for Meetings
  • Meeting Strategies
5:00-5:30 Questions and Answers


Registration Fee Early Bird
On or Before April 15, 2017

Individual $165 $190
Professional (includes CLEs and CEUs) $210 $235

Conference fee includes a Wrightslaw highlighter pen and the three Wrightslaw books which retail for $62.85 –  Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd EditionWrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition, and Wrightslaw: All About IEPs.

Note: There are 200 Boxed Lunches available to purchase. The cost is $15 and are offered when attendees purchase tickets through the Lincoln Theater website or registering over the phone. There will be a two-hour lunch break. Attendees are invited to dine at the restaurant of their choice in Yountville, or bring a picnic lunch and sit outside on the beautiful grounds surrounding the Lincoln Theater.

Click here to register online.

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Credits: CLEs (continuing legal education) credits are pending. 0.6 CEUs (continuing education units) have been approved. The units are provided by the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Education. They provide both graduate credit for practicing teachers and CEU’s for a variety of professionals who need to document their professional development hours.

Scholarships: There are no scholarships for this conference.

Special Needs Accommodations: Contact 707-944-9900 or email wrightslawnapavalley |at| gmail.com no later than May 1, 2017.

Refund Policy: Ticket Exchanges are only applicable for Lincoln Theater events. Ticketing Fees will be kept for each such transaction as an exchange fee. Members of Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater’s exchange fees are waived. Credits towards the Lincoln Theater through exchange expire after 365 days and will act as a donation to the Lincoln Theater Foundation. Unused and Unwanted Tickets can be taken as a tax-deductible donation to the Lincoln Theater Foundation, a 501c3 organization. Please contact the Customer Relations Manager for more information at 707-944-9900 ext. 5802 or email chrisk |at| lincolntheater.org. Donations only valid prior to the start of the performance.

Child Care: Child care will not be available.

Questions? Contact the Lincoln Theater by telephone 707-944-9900 or email Joanne Gouaux wrightslawnapavalley@gmail.com

Wrightslaw programs often fill up early – don’t miss out!

Logistics, Directions and Accommodations


Click here for a map of the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center.


Parking is free at the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center.

Local Hotel Accommodations Available

Click here for hotels in Yountville.

Click here for hotels in Napa Valley.


San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
(approximately 72 miles to venue)

Oakland International Airport (OAK)
(approximately 62 miles to venue)

Sacramento International Airport (SMF)
(approximately 68 miles to venue)

Santa Rosa Airport (STS)
(approximately 36 miles to venue)

Concord Regional Airport (JQF)
(approximately 45 miles to venue)

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