Spring 2018 G-CASE Drive-In Conference LEArn & LEAd

 Announcing the Spring 2018

G-CASE Drive-In Conference

 LEArn & LEAd


IEP Meeting Facilitation and Legal Compliance

The G-CASE Fall Drive-In Conference was such a success and filled so quickly that we are offering this great training again…


Julie Weatherly, Esq. of Resolutions in Special Education (RISE, Inc.) and Dr. Sally Earnest of Earnest Facilitations, LLC, have joined together to develop LEArn & LEAd, a one-day training program for educators who serve as IEP Team LEA Representatives.  Based on the combined experiences of a legal expert and a special education practitioner, Julie and Sally have created this program to train LEA Representatives on their legal and professional job duties as what can be the most important school district member of an IEP Team, the “meeting’s process leader.”

This information-packed one-day training provides LEA Representatives with tools and interventions that can assist them in fulfilling their role and responsibility as the meeting’s process leader to ensure that all IEP Team members, including parents, are provided the opportunity for meaningful participation and input; to use effective interventions, tools and strategies for getting an IEP Team back on track; to prevent, intervene and resolve potential conflicts; to understand difficult behaviors and conversations and to respond effectively to them; and to ensure that an organized, efficient and legally compliant meeting occurs.  Through demonstration and practice, it is the LEArn & LEAd goal that participants will walk away with immediate tools they can use in IEP meetings and improved skills that will support effective collaboration between parents and school staff, while also avoiding misunderstandings, distrust and anxiety that often can result in special education legal disputes. 


This one-day training will be offered two times – Wednesday, February 14, 2018 OR Thursday, February 15. 2018 at the


Barrow County Board of Education

179 W. Athens Street

Winder, Georgia 30680


Registration:    Click here to register for Wednesday, February 14, 2018


Registration:    Click here to register for Thursday, February 15, 2018


Fee:  $237 per person includes lunch and training materials








8:30 AM       Sign-In Registration, Complete Pre-Survey, Pick up Training Materials


9:00 AM       Welcome, Introduction


                   Celebrations – Critical Functions Tool


                   Meeting Agenda and Standards Review




                             The LEA’s “Meeting Process Leader” Framework and Working Definition


                                    Legal Framework and Complimentary Functions


                                    Defining the LEA Representative and Who Can Serve


                                    Critical Functions Tool – “What I Need to Know”


                                    LEA’s Role and Responsibilities and Other Team Members




10:15 AM     Morning Break


10:30 AM     Defining:


                             Effective IEP Team Characteristics


                             Roles and Responsibilities Activity




Making it Work:


                             The Importance of Preparation and Tools


                             Preparation and Tools to Use


                             Preparation vs “Predetermination”


                             Consensus Building:  Why, What, How?


                             IEP Meeting Demonstration


                             Intervention Strategies and Tools




12:00 PM     Working Lunch – Assignment


12:45 PM     Making It Work:


                             Agenda and Ground Rules Activity


                             Testing Assumptions




                             Review of Other Important Tools to Assist with Meeting Process




2:15 PM       Afternoon Break




2:30 PM       Practicing:


                             Legal “CAT Moments” requiring LEA Action- Keeping the Focus


                             Difficult Conversation Starters and “CAT Moments”


                             Brief Scenario Studies with Presenting, Debriefing and Coaching    




3:30 PM           Summarizing / Closing


                                    Ensure all “Parking Lot” Questions have been addressed


                                    Complete Post-Survey/ Evaluation Forms



 Area Hotel Information:


Chateau Elan

100 Rue Charlemagne Dr, Braselton, GA 30517- 678-425-0900 (9.4 miles)



Holiday Inn Express Braselton

2069 GA-211, Braselton, GA 30517 - 888-465-4329 (9.2 miles)




Hampton Inn & Suites Braselton

5159 Golf Club Dr, Braselton, GA 30517 - 770-307-0788 (9.5 miles)




Country Inn & Suites by Carlson in Braselton

925 GA-124, Braselton, GA 30517 – 770-307-0788 (9.1 miles)




Holiday Inn Express – Bethlehem

775 Exchange Circle, Winder, 30620, United States of America – 888-465-4329 (5.1 miles)