Special Education Law and 504

Elizabeth Kaleva will address special education law and 504. She pays particular attention to emerging trends, recent 9th Circuit rulings, and Montana cases. Her high involvement in recent cases across the state allows her to provide pragmatic guidance to the practitioner. Her advice will benefit anyone who sits in a decision-making role at an ER or IEP table. Topics may include but will not be limited to parenting plans, graduation, Prior Written Notice, and discipline.

About the presenter: Elizabeth A. Kaleva is an attorney in Missoula, Montana, focusing her practice on representation of public and private school districts throughout the state of Montana, as well as the Montana High School Association. Bea graduated from Boston College in 1991, and the University of Montana School of Law in 1995. After clerking for a year, Bea joined the Montana School Boards Association as a staff attorney. She rose to the General Counsel position and remained with the MTSBA until 2003, when she returned to Missoula in private practice. Bea serves as counsel for school districts in all areas of employment and school law. Specific practice areas include: contract negotiations, employee misconduct and discipline, student misconduct and discipline, special education and federal programs, and Board of Trustees practice and procedure. She provides litigation defense to school districts and their employees in federal and state courts, arbitrations, and administrative agencies relating to all aspects of school district operations.

Bea is a member of the American Bar Association, a former Board member of the National Council of School Attorneys and is the former President of the School Law Section of the Montana State Bar. She has been selected by her peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America since 2014 for the areas of education law and employment law, and was named the Best Employment Law Lawyer for the Missoula area in 2015 and 2019.

How to Enroll: Visit Special Education Law and 504 on the Professional Learning website

General Education Teachers – What You Need to Know about Special Education

This workshop is designed for general education teachers and focuses upon the core components of special education and the teacher’s role in all parts of the special education process. We will be discussing the history and laws behind special education, requirements in the pre-referral, referral, evaluation, and IEP processes. The purpose of this workshop is to empower general education teachers when it comes to working with students eligible for special education in their classrooms as well as be an active participant in the evaluation process. Discussion will also address accommodations, modifications, and interventions; the general education teacher as the curriculum expert; and how the general education teacher and the student are at the core of every special education program. The more general education teachers know for both general and special education—the better the overall services will be for ALL students.

How to Enroll: Visit General Education Teachers – What You Need to Know about Special Education on the Region 1 CSPD website

OPI Montana Autism Education Project Conference

This training is FREE!! from the OPI Montana Autism Education Project. OPI renewal units will be available.  See more information and register here.

Monday April 9th

(All sessions are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

The Birds and the Bees: Puberty, Hygiene, Safety and Sexuality for Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Youths with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities are twice as likely as their typically developing peers to be victims of physical or sexual abuse. Information regarding puberty, hygiene, and sexuality relates to keeping children with ASD safe. Areas covered can easily become target behaviors, objectives for IEPs, or treatment goals for youth with ASD.

Topics include:  What to Expect (and what you might not expect.) // Hygiene // Clothing Matters // Personal Safety // Rethinking “The Talk” // Teaching Anatomy and more!

How To Build A Program For a Student With Autism

  • What to look for in the diagnosis report.
  • Examine programs and assessments to gather meaningful data.
  • How to conduct an ER for a child with Autism.
  • Develop an IEP with meaningful goals based on data.
  • How to create a daily schedule and integrate IEP goals.
  • Examine 4 profiles for children with autism and how their programs differ.
  • Discuss/Create visual supports that may be helpful with your students


Strengthen Your Toolbox of Strategies and Activities for Students with Autism

Upon completion, attendees will be able to:

  1. Design 3 activities using best practice techniques to target specific skills
  2. List 5 strategies that can be used to help students with ASD
  3. Explain how the Social Thinking Model can be utilized across all levels of ASD

Tuesday April 10th

How to Implement a Program for a Student with Autism

(8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

  • How to take data on goals from the IEP every day
  • How to integrate IEP goals throughout the day
  • How to help the student generalize skills
  • How to conduct a reinforcer assessment
  • How to implement a token economy
  • How to use a visual schedule
  • How to create a task analysis
  • How to use visual supports throughout the day

How to Develop and Write Measurable IEP Goals

(8:30 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.)

Learn the CBCC method for writing goals and how to choose data recording methods that are realistic and measureable.

How To Prepare Students (and Yourself) for Post-school Transition

(8:30 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.)

Reinforcer Surveys and Reinforcer Schedules – How to Increase Student Success and Your Happiness

(1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

Analysis of Automatically Reinforced Behavior: Sexualized Behavior, Sensory Regulation and Stimulation

(1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

See more information and register here.


* There is a block of sleeping rooms available at state rate at the Big Horn Resort. OPI will not provide travel reimbursement.