Program Chair(s)

Dr. Sharon Pyke

Retired Supervisory Officer

Nicola Simmons

Partner, Keel Cottrelle LLP


Already have a good grounding in Special Education Law but looking for more?

As you face increasing challenges in responding to the growing numbers of special needs students and their unique needs, you need to ensure you have a good understanding of their challenges, have a complete grasp of the obligations you face and have a toolkit of best practices to guide your daily actions.

Growing from our annual Special Education Conference, this advanced session will take us beyond the law, to focus on those complex and challenging special education matters you face and how you can address them and ensure you are meeting the obligations of staff and students.

What You’ll Learn

Student discipline & safety: mitigating and other factors

Mental health: operationalizing your obligations under the Education Act

Human rights & anti-black racism in the context of special needs students

Indigenous education and the special education portfolio

Cannabis in schools and the impact on special education

Special education funding and planning challenges

Ensuring kids with minimal/lesser needs are not being left behind

Post-secondary transition planning

Streaming/academic pathways

Meeting the needs of students during COVID-19

Hot Topics: pressing issues currently at the forefront

Who Should Attend

School Administrators


Supervisory Officers

School trustees

Directors of Education

School board staff including mental health leads

Representatives from Federations, the Ministry of Education, and Ontario College of Teachers

Advocates for students and parents

Education law practitioners

Special education consultants

Law enforcement working with schools and boards

Government and public policy advisors


Program Chairs

Dr. Sharon Pyke

Retired Supervisory Officer

Nicola Simmons

Partner, Keel Cottrelle LLP


View the 2022 program agenda to see what you’ll learn from leading experts. 


Recorded: Feb 3, 2022

$595 + HST

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CPD Hours
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Substantive4h 25m
Professionalism 15m
EDI1h 30m
Total6h 10m

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