Educational Advocacy

Course description

As a child advocate, one of your most significant areas of impact can be within the school system. You need tools to be successful. 

This webinar provides a road map for understanding Exceptional Student Education (ESE) and why this special education is necessary for children who have experienced trauma. 

You will also receive crucial information about IDEA, the federal statute protecting students with disabilities. Additionally, IEP (individual Education Plan) will no longer be just an acronym sitting in your toolbox. You will receive salient tips on how to prepare for an IEP meeting and how to advocate while there. 

The knowledge you gain from this webinar can be put to immediate use, as you work to make the school system work for your child.

Course Objectives:

Upon completing this webinar you should be able to:

•Discuss how childhood trauma can impact a child’s behavior at school and ability to learn
•Identify behavioral red flags that will require your advocacy to make sure the child’s needs are addressed
•Help frame the language at school to include sensitivity to the child’s past traumatic events
•Describe the “roadmap” for ESE students given to schools through the federal statute, IDEA
•Define IEP and relate its importance to how you advocate for your child

2 CLE Credits Available


1.5 In-Service Hours Available Select "Educational Advocacy"  for Optima  


Reviews (4)

Very informative and step by step instructions for the process.

by Sabrina Williams

by Terri Ann Palumbo

by Bethany Goddard

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Very informative and step by step instructions for the process.

by Sabrina Williams

by Terri Ann Palumbo

by Bethany Goddard

This information was helpful to me in participating in an educational planning meeting. Understanding the vocabulary and the particular facets of the Florida system enabled me to better advocate for the child.

by Suzanne Ivester

Dr. Katie  Kelly

Dr. Katie Kelly

M.ED., PH.D., ESQ.

Dr. Katie Kelly, M.ED., PH.D., ESQ., with Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida is an expert on Educational Advocacy.    At the end of the webinar Dr. Kelly provided a question and answer period for those attending the webinar on the original recording date. You may find that information useful to you in your own advocacy.

We know you will gain tremendous information from her training and encourage you to take advantage of other webinars she moderates and leads. 

The Florida Guardian ad Litem Program is so grateful to the generosity and expert knowledge Dr. Kelly has provided regarding Educational Advocacy.    Thank you, Dr. Kelly!

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