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Special Needs Advocacy Network

2022-2023 Professional Development Events

Requesting Virtual Presentation Proposals

The Special Needs Advocacy Network is seeking proposals for virtual training workshops for the 2022-2023 Professional Development calendar.

The purpose of the Special Needs Advocacy Network is to develop and promote a functioning and supportive network of child advocates in the field of education. Providing opportunities for continuing education and professional development is an important element of the organization. 

The theme for the 2022-2023 Professional Development Programming Calendar is


As child advocates supporting special education students, the work that we do is centered on ensuring students receive FAPE. With every stage of education, from preschool to age 22, the focus is on successful outcomes.

Do you have a topic you are interested in sharing with our membership? All training should focus on knowledge and excellence in advocacy. Workshops should include content knowledge and skill development. 

There is a particular interest in sessions that discuss/address (but not limited to):

  • Mediation and Negotiation Skills
  • Transition Planning for Successful Adult Outcomes
  • Using Resources such as OSEP, DESE, OCR 
  • Defining and Measuring Effective Progress
  • Using State and Federal Options for Dispute Resolution
  • How to build a case for success at Due Process
  • Legal Review of current State and Federal Cases 

SPaN's audience includes attorneys, advocates, parents, students, partners, and related educational professionals. 

The 2022-2023 Programming calendar is September through June.

Workshops are 2.5 hours events (Tuesday evenings 6:00 - 8:30 PM or Fridays 10:00 - 12:30 PM) or 4.0 hour presentation w/one hour lunch break (Fridays 10:00 - Noon and 1:00 - 3:00 PM).

The RFP proposal form includes a list of available dates. You will be able to choose one or multiple dates that you are available.

Next steps:

If you are interested in presenting to the Special Needs Advocacy Network please submit a virtual presentation proposal before the DEADLINE of July 18, 2022

The SPaN Professional Development Committee will review proposals and send decision letters by email on or before July 30, 2022.

Please CLICK HERE to submit a proposal for a Virtual Presentation.

Please contact the SPaN Professional Development Committee with any questions at 

We look forward to working with you during the 2022-2023 SPaN Programming Year.

Kind Regards,

SPaN Professional Development Committee