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Free Members-Only Webinar—Supreme Court Decision: Recommendations for Administrators and Implications for Developing IEPs

Thursday, June 1, 2017
6-7 p.m. ET

On March 22, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District. The case was the second special education case heard before the High Court to address the issue of what constitutes a Free Appropriate Public Education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

The question in this case was how much educational benefit does a student’s program of special education need to provide to that student? Chief Justice John Roberts, writing for the unanimous Court, held that to meet its substantive obligation under IDEA, a school must offer an individualized education program reasonably calculated to enable a child to make progress appropriate in light of the child's circumstances.

In this webinar, we will:

  • Review the Supreme Court’s decision in the Endrew case
  • Discuss the major takeaways from the decision, and
  • Offer recommendations to special education administrators and teachers on developing special education programs that meet the new Endrew standard.



 Julie Weatherly, Esq.   
Julie J. Weatherly, Esq. is the owner of Resolutions in Special Education, Inc. with offices in Alabama and Florida. Julie is a member of the State Bars of Alabama and Georgia, and for 31 years, she has provided legal representation and consultation services to school districts and other education agencies in the area of educating students with disabilities. She has been a member of the faculty for many national and state legal institutes and is a frequent speaker at special education law conferences. She is the author of the legal update article for the National CASE quarterly newsletter and is a member of LRP’s Special Education Attorneys Advisory Council.
Yell, Mitchell    
Mitchell L. Yell, Ph.D., is the Fred and Francis Lester Palmetto Chair in Teacher Education and a Professor in Special Education at the University of South Carolina. His professional interests include special education law, IEP development, and parent involvement in special education. Dr. Yell has published 112 journal articles, 4 textbooks, 26 book chapters, and has conducted numerous workshops on various aspects of special education law. His textbook, Special Education and the Law, is in its 4th edition.  He also serves as a State-level due process hearing officer in South Carolina.  Prior to working in higher education, Dr. Yell was a special education teacher in Minnesota for 16 years. 
Laurie VanderPloeg    Laurie VanderPloeg is CEC's President Elect. In addition to her role as the Director of Special Education for Kent Intermediate School District in Grand Rapids, Mich., she is an Adjunct Professor at Grand Valley State University, has served as the president of CEC's Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE) division, was the Vice President of the Interdivisional Caucus, and has been a member of the Special Education Legislative Summit planning committee.


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You can find background information on the case at SCOTUSBlog.