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 2023 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: Significant Special Education Court Decisions You Need to Know About
  • Amber King: Staff Shortages: Legal Ramifications of Providing Certain Services
  • Paula Maddox Roalson: The Latest on Meeting Child Find Obligations Under the IDEA
  • Jose Martín: School Districts’ Obligations To Address Student Mental Health
  • Heather Rutland: HB 4545 Instructional Requirements & Students With Disabilities
  • Elvin Houston: USDE Guidance On Discipline & Removals

Dates & Locations

Grand Prairie – April 13, 2023

Ruthe Jackson Center
3113 S Carrier Pkwy, Grand Prairie, TX

New Braunfels – May 16, 2023

New Braunfels Civic and Convention Center
375 S Castell Ave, New Braunfels, TX 78130

Or watch online from May 1, 2023 – August, 2023

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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

Significant Special Education Court Decisions You Need to Know About

Jim walsh

Walsh Gallegos Treviño Russo Kyle & Robinson, P.C.

Courts have a lot to say regarding 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.

amber king

Thomspon & Horton

Most employers are feeling the pinch of staff shortages. School districts, however, must continue to meet the demands of providing special education and related services. Amber King of the Thompson & Horton Law Firm will speak to legal ramifications when staff shortages impact the provision of special education services and what you can do about it.

The Latest on Meeting Child Find Obligations Under the IDEA

Paula Maddox Roalson

Walsh Gallegos Treviño Russo Kyle & Robinson, P.C.

School districts have a legal obligation to find all children who have disabilities and who may need special education services. Paula Maddox Roalson of the Walsh Gallegos Law Firm will provide the latest legal developments and strategies for meeting your district’s child find obligations under the IDEA.

School Districts’ Obligations To Address Student Mental Health

Jose martin

Richards, Lindsey & Martín

Mental health issues can impact every aspect of a student’s education. The Texas Education Agency reports that one in six school-aged youth experiences impairments in life functioning, with the number of students experiencing mental illness increasing as young people grow older. Jose Martín of the Richards, Lindsey & Martín law firm will discuss school district legal obligations to address student mental health.

HB 4545 Instructional Requirements & Students With Disabilities

Heather Rutland

Eichelbaum Wardell Law Firm

HB 4545 includes many new requirements for districts, including accelerated instruction for students who do not pass standardized testing requirements. For students with disabilities, there are mandatory ARD meeting requirements as well. Heather Rutland of the Eichelbaum Wardell Law Firm will outline the requirements and provide practical strategies for meeting your school district’s obligations under HB 4545.

USDE Guidance On Discipline & Removals

Elvin Houston

Walsh Gallegos Law Firm

The US Department of Education has issued guidance on school district responsibilities to avoid the discriminatory use of student discipline with respect to students with disabilities. Elvin Houston with the Walsh Gallegos Law Firm will discuss guidance and resources issued by the DOE addressing the concern that some students with disabilities are not receiving the supports and services necessary to address their educational needs, including their disability-based behavior.

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Grand Prairie

Courtyard by Marriot

Join us at the Courtyard by Marriot, located just four minutes from the Ruthe Jackson 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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