ED311 & TCASE present

Spring Conference on Special Education Law

A one-day conference (available in-person and on demand) on current legal issues concerning the education of students with disabilities in Texas.

The 2024 conference is now closed for registration.

Thanks for coming and we hope to see you again next year!

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Who This Conference Is For

  • school principals & other campus-level personnel
  • superintendents
  • school board members
  • school attorneys
  • district administrators

Topics Overview

  • Jim Walsh: Major Special Education Court Decisions You Need to Know About
  • Christie Hobbs: The IDEA’s Requirements for Transition Planning
  • Paula Maddox Roalson: What Exactly is Special Education: Exhibiting a Need for Specially Designed Instruction
  • Andrew Tatgenhorst: Dyslexia: What Now?
  • Elvin Houston: Student Discipline in Special Education
  • Holly Wardell: How to Ensure Meaningful Parent Participation

Dates & Locations

Hurst – April 3, 2024

Hurst Conference Center
1601 Campus Dr, Hurst, TX
Registration for Hurst has closed.

New Braunfels – May 7, 2024

New Braunfels Civic and Convention Center
375 S Castell Ave, New Braunfels, TX 78130
Registration for New Braunfels has closed.

Or watch online from April 17th – July 17th, 2024


Single Registration: $225
Group of 5 or more: $200 per person
Group of 10 or more: $190 per person
A copy of the printed workbook can be added on to the registration price for $25 per person.
Use the pricing calculator below to estimate your total costs prior to registering!

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5.0 hours of CPE credit

  • BEC (Educators Certified After Sept.1, 1999, In ANY Area, Including Teachers, Principals, Superintendents, Counselors, Educational Diagnosticians, and Learning Resource Specialists)
  • TEA (for School Board Members, Charter School Board Members & School Officers)
  • Texas Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors
  • Texas Board of Social Worker Examiners
  • State Board of Examiners of Psychology

4.0 hours of CPE credit

  • Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association

5.0 hours of MCLE

  • State Bar of Texas

This training may meet local requirements for General Management Trainings and we will supply a general Certificate of Attendance for filing with other professional organizations as needed.

Topics & Speakers

More Special Education Court Decisions You Need to Know About

Jim walsh

Walsh Gallegos Kyle Robinson and Roalson

It’s critical that administrators keep up with what our courts have to say about special education administration. Jim Walsh of the Walsh Gallegos Law Firm will provide a rundown on the most significant court decisions you need to know about.

The IDEA’s Requirements for Transition Planning

Christie Hobbs

Northwest ISD

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires schools to assist students with disabilities in developing independent living skills and abilities essential to succeed as they transition out of high school. Christie Hobbs of Northwest ISD will discuss the legal requirements and how to incorporate career and technical education (CTE) in student transition planning.

What Exactly is Special Education: Exhibiting a Need for Specially Designed Instruction

Paula Maddox Roalson

Walsh Gallegos Kyle Robinson and Roalson

Special Education is defined as “specially designed instruction” and to qualify for special education a student must have a “need” for services. Paula Maddox Roalson of the Walsh Gallegos law firm will discuss recent decisions and guidance on eligibility for special education.

Dyslexia: What Now?

Andrew Tatgenhorst

Thompson and Horton

Texas law requires students to be screened and tested for dyslexia as appropriate. Andrew Tatgenhorst of the Thompson & Horton law firm will discuss the latest legal issues and guidance regarding serving students with dyslexia.

Student Discipline in Special Education

Elvin Houston

Walsh Gallegos Kyle Robinson and Roalson

The discipline of students with disabilities requires compliance with state and federal laws. Elvin Houston of the Walsh Gallegos Law Firm, will provide a rundown of the legal issues and practical strategies related to student discipline for disabled students.

How to Ensure Meaningful Parent Participation

Holly Wardell

Eichelbaum & Wardell

A good partnership between parents and educators is often key to a student’s success. Holly Warden of Eichelbaum & Wardell will discuss strategies for ensuring meaningful parent participation in special education.

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Hilton Garden Inn

Join us at the Hilton Garden Inn Dallas at the Hurst Conference Center. 

New Braunfels

Fairfield Inn & Suites

Join us at the Fairfield Inn & Suites in New Braunfels, a short drive from the New Braunfels Civic and Convention Center.


Will my registration be tax-exempt?

Yes, our conference registrations are automatically charged as tax-exempt.

Can I register online with PO (Purchase Order)?

When registering for an ED311 event you can either pay with a credit card, or choose to be invoiced and pay later. If you choose the invoice option, there is a PO field where you can enter your PO#, if you have it. After registering, please email a copy of your purchase order form to PO@ed311.com. Please note that your registration is not considered complete until we receive either your purchase order form or payment (via check, credit card, or ACH).​

Are there multiple registration prices?

We now offer group registration discounts on some events! We also offer a discount if you would like to access your conference materials digitally instead of getting a printed conference workbook. We no longer offer early payment discounts. If you have a very large group of attendees or a group of students that you’d like to send to one of our events, please contact ambrose@ed311.com

Do I need to pay in advance for my registration? 

We must receive either a valid purchase order form or payment before the date of your event. Simply filling out the registration form does not complete your registration. Your registration is only considered complete once we have received either an approved purchase order form or payment by check, credit card, or ACH. You can email your purchase order to PO@ed311.com. Registrants of our online virtual events will not receive digital access until we have received your PO or payment. Registrants of an in-person event will not be able to attend the event without a PO or payment.

Can I substitute another person in my place for a conference I am registered for?

Yes. Submit your request via our Substitution Form. Please note that we must receive your substitution request at least 3 business days before the date of the event for your attendee to be included on our list of attendees at the event registration table. If you need to make a last minute substitution, that is not a problem. Just make sure your sub checks in using the original registrant’s name and tell our staff at the registration table that they are a substitute.

 How can I get your W-9?

You can download our W-9 here.

Who can I ask if I have any additional questions?

If you have any further questions, please email Danielle King at dking@ed311.com.

Event Cancellation & Substitution Policy

Cancellations:  In general, we do not issue cancellation refunds. If you can no longer attend an in-person event and would like to cancel, your options are to either (1) send a substitute to the event or (2) switch to the online version of the event. If the event you are attending does not have an online component, then we will issue a refund less a $30 cancellation fee, as long as we receive your cancellation request within 2 weeks in advance of your event.

If you have not yet paid for your event and no longer wish to attend, you can cancel your registration by contacting chpowers@ed311.com.

If you have an extenuating circumstance please email dking@ed311.com.

Substitutions: Substitutions may be made through this form in advance of any of our events.

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