Ori Learning was delighted to welcome over 500 school district administrators to the launch of our new webinar series, “Ensuring Educationally Meaningful and Legally Compliant Transition Plans.” We were honored to host special education legal experts Dr. Mitch Yell and Dr. Kurt Hulett, who shared their knowledge on recent court cases, emerging trends, and practical tips for transition and special education.

Dr. Yell and Dr. Hulett provided valuable insights on the implications of two landmark U.S. Supreme Court cases – Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District (2017) and Perez v. Sturgis School District (2023) – which have significantly impacted the evaluation of IEPs and substantive compliance for districts nationwide. The courts ruled that parents can seek financial damages through federal lawsuits under Section 504 without first exhausting the IDEA administrative procedures, leading to a surge in litigation that will likely continue to rise.

In the webinar, our esteemed experts shared actionable tips and strategies for districts to minimize liability, including:

  1. Crafting meaningful PLAAFP statements that connect to appropriate transition goals
  2. Monitoring crucial data points related to transition progress
  3. Developing meaningful annual goals and short-term objectives for transition plans
  4. Offering guidance on creating and ensuring internal consistency among all IEP elements, a critical factor in litigation

We are grateful for the thoughtful questions and engaging comments from those who attended. If you were unable to join the webinar, don’t worry! We will be sharing the recording and related resources soon.

At Ori Learning, we are committed to fostering discussions on improving transition outcomes and invite you to join us for our next webinar. To receive updates on upcoming webinars and access valuable resources, subscribe to our mailing list below.