Jeffrey Spitzer-Resnick is currently the principal and owner of Systems Change Consulting. For 35 years, he has engaged in effective systems change advocacy, initially on behalf of the elderly, and for the past 25 years, on behalf of children with disabilities, including in the area of special education and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. He has advocated in virtually every forum and method possible, including individual and class action litigation, state and federal lobbying, grassroots organizing, consumer and professional training, and producing publications. He graduated cum laude from Boston College Law School in 1985.
Mckenna Kohlenberg is a J.D./M.S.-Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis candidate at UW. She is committed to innovative, problem-oriented advocacy that reforms and advances civil rights in the public education and criminal systems. As administrator of the SPD's Student Expulsion Prevention Project (StEPP) and an extern for the SPD's Juvenile Unit, she has advocated for fairer school disciplinary practices, championed more equitable, effective instruction for all children, and defended children in delinquency cases. She has also represented indigent criminal defendants and prisoners as a Frank J. Remington Center clinical student. Following her May 2021 graduation, she plans to pursue a career in civil rights law, focusing in special education, disability rights, and criminal reform.
- Review state and federal guidelines for school reopenings in 2020-21
- Explore the array of issues complicating a return to in-person instruction
- Understand why distance learning isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution
- Review the legal rights of students with disabilities in regard to educational access
- Discuss implications of the Sixth Circuit’s “right to read” ruling
- Advocate for students facing educational barriers amidst changing learning environments
- School lawyers
- Civil rights lawyers
- Government lawyers