The New Norm: Meeting the Needs of Children With Behavioral Challenges Virtually

Rethink | 10/08/2020


Our panel for this webinar is comprised of national leaders and experts in the areas of special education, law, and service delivery models. Moderated by Author and Special Education Advocate Kurt Hulett, panelists will cover a variety of topics including:

  • Creative ways to provide previously in-person services virtually.
  • Best practice recommendations for navigating IDEA requirements.
  • Strategies for educators and parents on navigating behavioral challenges in new environments.

About the Panelist:


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Dr. Kurt Hulett
Special Education Advocate

Dr. Hulett is a leading special education advocate and educational consultant based in Central Texas. He works extensively on behalf of children and families engaged in the IEP and Section 504 process. He is well-known for his ability to navigate difficult situations and secure the educational services, goals and desired outcomes for the parents and students he serves. In addition, he trains principals and administrators in the utilization of both best practices and legal approaches to special education management. Dr. Hulett is the author of the best-selling text “Legal Aspects of Special Education.” He is committed to helping all stakeholders meet the needs of students with disabilities.

He has extensive experience in many aspects of school administration including over ten years as a school principal, work in assessment as vice president for Triumph Learning in New York, head of research and development for Pearson Assessment in San Antonio, legal issues and compliance specialist for Henrico County Public Schools in Virginia, and grants and budget analyst for the Office of the Secretary of Education in Virginia.

Dr. Hulett has a bachelor’s degree in public administration from James Madison University, a master’s in special education from the University of Virginia, and a doctorate in education administration and supervision also from the University of Virginia. Dr. Hulett is the proud of father of two children currently attending South Bosque Elementary School and the spouse of a Baylor University professor.


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Julie Weatherly
Resolutions in Special Education
Attorney and Consultant

Julie J. Weatherly, Esq. is the owner of Resolutions in Special Education, Inc., a special education law firm in Alabama. Julie is a member of the State Bars of Alabama and Georgia and for thirty-four years has provided legal representation and consultation to school agencies across the country in the area of educating students with disabilities. She has been a member of the faculty for many national and state legal institutes and is a frequent speaker at special education law conferences. Julie has developed a number of training programs that support special education legal compliance and has been published nationally as a part of her trainings, workshops and seminars. In June of 1996, Julie appeared on CBS news program “60 Minutes” to discuss the cost of meeting the legal requirements of IDEA. In 1998, she was honored by Georgia’s CEC as the Individual who had Contributed Most to Students with Disabilities, and in April 2012, Julie received the Award for Outstanding Service from the Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE).


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Erin Maguire

Erin Maguire has been a director of special education for 20 years in Vermont. She is currently the President of CASE and served as the President in her state organization from 2015-2017. Erin also served as the policy and legislative chair for both CASE and her state unit. She testifies regularly in the State Legislature and stays current with national policy issues in special education. She holds a masters degree in special education, a certificate of advanced graduate studies in educational leadership and is in the process of completing her doctorate in Education Leadership and Policy Studies.


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Dennis Cavitt
Council for Exceptional Children
President Elect

Dennis Cavitt earned his Ed. D. from Texas Tech University in Special Education with an emphasis in Autism and High Incidence Disabilities. Cavitt also has a Master’s in Education Leadership from Tarleton State university and A Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Abilene Christian University. Cavitt is an Assistant Professor in Special Education in the West College of Education at Midwestern State University (MSU) where he teaches Undergraduate and Graduate courses in Special Education. Cavitt has worked in the field of Special education for 35 years. He began his career as a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP). He was responsible for Educational and Psychological and Functional Behavioral Assessments, Case Management, IEP development, Counseling, And Professional Development. He has presented at International, National, State, Regional, and Local conferences. He also was an educational consultant for the Fort Worth, Texas Educational Services Center, where he provided technical support to school districts regarding Special Education and Positive Behavior Supports (PBS). Prior to entering higher education, he was a director of special services for a school district in the Fort Worth area. Prior to coming to MSU, he Taught in the Teacher Education Department at Abilene Christian University. Cavitt is very active in CEC at the local, state, and national/international level. He has been CEC president at the state level (Texas), and was the Chairperson of the International CEC Representative Assembly. He is the President Elect of the CEC International and will be President in 2021.


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Nora Boettcher
Florence Unified School District
Director of Special Education

Nora Boettcher has worked in education for over 16 years, and has been at Florence Unified School district since 2016. She has worked within the district as a trainer, mentor, teacher, and school psychologist, and now oversees Special Education at the district level. Nora holds multiple degrees in education including an Educational Specialist Degree in School Psychology, and is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. In addition to her role as the Director of Exceptional Student Services, she conducts professional development presentations for schools and agencies in the fields of special education, mental health care, and crisis prevention.


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Brooke Malthesen
Mothering Outside the Lines
Parent Ambassador

Brooke Malthesen is a special needs advocate and mother of a child with Autism and ADHD. She leads a behavior and special needs support group in Waco, Texas, called Mothering Outside the Lines.



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