IEEs and Identification: Legal Components for School Psychologists to Consider

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As school psychologists, we may find ourselves in the stressful position of defending our evaluation results during a contentious IEP meeting. What happens if the parent disagrees with these results? What is expected of us as school psychologists in this situation and the steps that follow? What do school psychologists need to know about independent educational evaluations (IEEs), due process hearings, and compensatory education, and how do they impact the student’s eligibility and special education services? Dr. David Bateman skillfully breaks down the important legal components of IEEs to help answer these questions. Dr. Bateman includes stories from his work as a hearing officer and special education consultant to reinforce his points. He also includes practical recommendations of how school psychologists can make their evaluations more legally defensible and steps they can take to prevent unwanted outcomes such as due process hearings, compensatory education, and IEEs at public expense. In addition, he provides over ten resources that he has found to be extremely helpful for school psychologists and other educators. He is an in-demand, highly sought-after presenter who has a vast amount of experience presenting nationally, including many presentations at NASP’s annual convention. Presented by David Bateman, Ph.D., this webinar was created in September of 2022. This individual webinar can be purchased for $25 (scroll down to purchase). The content in this webinar is intertwined with Domain 10 of the NASP Practice Model.’s recorded webinars are non-refundable. Attendees who complete this 1.5-hour webinar will receive 1.5 NASP-Approved CPD credit.

This Counts Towards Three Hours of Legal & Ethics:

Renewing your NCSP requires 3 hours in the category of ethics or legal regulation in school psychology. This 1.5 hour webinar counts towards the required 3 hours of ethics or legal regulation in school psychology.

Participants Will Review:

  1. The legal components of independent educational evaluations (IEEs) including parent rights and district obligations
  2.  Real-life examples of common mistakes that school districts make and practical recommendations of how to prevent these mistakes from happening
  3. A variety of accessible resources that can help enhance one’s understanding of special education law

Brief Bio:

David F. Bateman, Ph.D., is a professor at Shippensburg University in the Department of Educational Leadership and Special Education where he teaches courses on special education law, assessment, and facilitating inclusion. He is a former due process hearing officer for Pennsylvania for hundreds of hearings. He uses his knowledge of litigation relating to special education to assist school districts in providing appropriate supports for students with disabilities and to prevent and to recover from due process hearings. He has been a classroom teacher of students with learning disabilities, behavior disorders, intellectual disability, and hearing impairments. Dr. Bateman earned a Ph.D. in special education from the University of Kansas. He has recently co-authored the following books: A Principal’s Guide to Special Education, A Teacher’s Guide to Special Education, Charting the Course: Special Education in Charter Schools, Special Education Leadership: Building Effective Programming in Schools, Current Trends and Legal Issues in Special Education, and A School Board Members Guide to Special Education. He is a frequent keynote presenter, having made more than 320 professional presentations.

Attendee Feedback:

“Well organized and informative” -Amy

“This was a wonderful legal review of IEE’s and what districts can do to protect themselves legally. Great resources provided!” -Anna

“Variety of topics covered with in-depth additional resources for reading. Would love more presentations by this speaker!” -Arden

“He was very organized and presented the information in a clear manner. I found him to be quite interesting and I enjoyed the examples that he shared.” -Catherine

“Very interesting and informative” -Dana

“Detailed firsthand experience” -Gildrette

Presenter was very knowledgeable and provided excellent real life examples.” -Jennifer

“I really enjoyed the practical real life examples of IEEs and their uses which the presenter shared. Additionally, the supplemental resources were invaluable.” -Kathryn

“Clearly presented and enjoyed the humor” -Lindsay

“Clear, concise and informative presentation” -Marybeth

“Great examples and resources provided” -Megan

“Presenter had a lot of personal background knowledge on the topic and presented the information in a “down-to-earth” manner” -Stephen

“I appreciated the case examples. Very clear on what the district is responsible for.” -Taylor

“The presenter was very knowledgeable and brought up great points for school psychologists to consider when working with school districts to remain compliant with legal obligations.” -Trevour

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