2022 Special Education Legal Consortium

The Most Valuable Special Education Training Experience

As educational leaders, we all want engagement, interaction, stories, and team-focused applications, all led by the most experienced practitioners. Our team has been working behind the scenes to bring you innovative content with the latest and most effective styles of learning.

So, what should I expect – besides a fun, interactive day?

  • We’ve expanded the topic you asked for most: The MELT Legal Update.
  • More content and technology-based discussion.
  • An increased focus on legal applications.
  • Multiple presentation styles. (After all, 4+ hours of PPT can be a bit much.)

In keeping with our 20+ year tradition, you’re going to find the latest legal updates on the most-requested topics. This exciting lineup promises to explore major issues that we deal with in our schools every day, so we can examine and apply them from legal and school-based viewpoints. We invite you to secure your spot today!

Fall 2022 Workshops

At the Crossroads of Discipline and Disability

The intersection of discipline for students with disabilities is complex, particularly so given the mounting empirical evidence against exclusionary school discipline. Recent data shows that students with disabilities are subjected to exclusionary school discipline at extremely disparate rates, calling into question the efficacy of punitive school discipline measures. Through case studies, hypotheticals and real-life examples, we will discuss manifestation determinations, disciplinary changes in placement, expulsions and expedited appeals, and positive alternatives to exclusionary school discipline that aim to support, rather than remove, this vulnerable student population in the school environment.

Alternative Placement Considerations

This session takes a deep-dive into the current trend of requests for the design of IEP placements outside the traditional school setting. The IDEA calls for individualized programming. And post-COVID, that seems to have taken on all new meanings. Whether the requests are for independent study, home/hospital instruction, home placement, hybrid programs, shortened days, virtual instruction, virtual services, some combination of these options, or some entirely individualized person option, the range of alternative options and requests is vast these days. During this session, we will evaluate the current legal landscape, with a focus on issue spotting and traps to avoid. We will also discuss the practical considerations of such alternative options, as well as the statutory and case law limitations on such personalized programming.

The MELT Legal Update (Major and Essential Legal Topics)

This portion examines the most significant court and administrative decisions of this past year, from key decisions to guidance at the federal and state levels, on the most critical and trending issues impacting special education.


Region Date Location
Central Valley Thursday, October 20, 2022 Clovis Veterans Memorial District Register
Central Coast Tuesday, October 25, 2022 Lake Marie Valley Club - Orcutt, CA Register
Northern California Wednesday, November 2, 2022 Sacramento County Office of Education Register
Southern California Friday, November 4, 2022 Orange County Department of Education Register
Virtual Monday, November 7, 2022 Online via Zoom Register

Workshop Time

8:00 - Continental Breakfast and Registration (In-Person Only)
8:30 - SELC
12:30 - Adjourn