Northwest Suburban Special Education Organization

Physical Restraint and Time Out Requirements: New Regulations and Next Steps

About Us

This event is being sponsored by ISBE, SELA, IAASE, and NSSEO


Registration open through 2/8/2022 1:00 PM Central Time (US & Canada)


Target Audience

Administrators will be able to design a system of support that meets the requirements of the regulations and procedures from ISBE.

Continuing Education

1.5 PDs/CEUs


***This is not an Administrator Academy.***


Teri Engler


Teri Engler


Ms. Engler received her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University in 1976 and worked as a high school Spanish teacher before earning her J.D. degree from Loyola University of Chicago in 1980. For the past four decades, her school law practice has been concentrated in the areas of special education/disability law and other student issues. Ms. Engler has successfully represented school districts and special education cooperatives throughout Illinois in administrative and judicial proceedings, including proceedings under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, over the years.


Ms. Engler is a member of many professional organizations in the fields of law education and has served as an Adjunct Professor at Loyola University's School of Law and School of Education and on the Illinois Attorney General's Special Committee on Special Education, the Illinois Council of School Attorneys' Executive and Special Education Committees (she is currently the Chair of the ICSA), and the Special Education Advisory Board of National-Louis University. She regularly lectures on special education and other school law topics at local, state and national conferences, training programs, and webinars, and has frequently been recognized by Chicago Magazine as an “Illinois Super Lawyer” in the area of schools and education. In 2018, the second edition of Ms. Engler's resource guide, “Assistive Technology In Special Education,” was published by LRP Publications.



Brandon Wright


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Brandon K. Wright is a partner in the law firm of Miller, Tracy, Braun, Funk & Miller, Ltd. in Monticello, Illinois. Brandon graduated with a B.S. in Speech Communication from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale (2001), and a master's degree in educational administration from the Department of Educational Organization and Leadership at the University of Illinois (2004). He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois College of Law (2004).


Prior to becoming an attorney at the firm of Miller, Tracy, Braun, Funk & Miller, Ltd., Brandon worked as an administrative assistant and consultant at the Regional Office of Education for Alexander, Johnson, Massac, Pulaski and Union Counties. Brandon also served as a member of the Anna-Jonesboro Community High School Board of Education from 1999-2003, the youngest person to be elected to a school board in Illinois at that time. He has served as an Adjunct Faculty Member at Southern Illinois University's Carbondale and Edwardsville campuses, and currently teaches school law courses as an adjunct at Eastern Illinois University.


Brandon currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Illinois Council of School Attorneys. Brandon focuses his practice on school law, having developed a particular interest in the field of special education, due process, and co-operative school districts. He regularly speaks at local, state, and national conferences on issues of school law and special education.



Lisa Armonda



Lisa Armonda is an Assistant General Counsel for the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) assisting the Student Care Department. Lisa's scope of work includes issues arising out of ISBE's oversight of physical restraint and time out compliance as well as issues related to bullying, LGBTQ+, and sex equity. Prior to this position, she was one of the Chicago Public School

monitors focusing on special education compliance put in place after ISBE's public inquiry.


She is a member of various professional legal organizations including the Illinois State Bar Association Education Law Section Council. Lisa received her Juris Doctor degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law and her Bachelor of Science degree

in Political Science from Texas Christian University.



Molly Uhe-Edmonfs



Molly Uhe-Edmonds currently serves as Director of Student Care at the Illinois State Board of Education which gives her the opportunity to collaborate with schools on decreasing the use of suspensions and expulsions for disproportionally impacted students, limit the use and find alternatives to physical restraint and time out practices, and also work with districts on bullying prevention policies. Her position with ISBE gives her the privilege of working alongside stakeholders, especially students, to reduce practices deemed harmful.


Previously she served as Deputy Director of Education at the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. Prior to DCFS, she was principal at the elementary and high school level. Uhe-Edmonds earned a Bachelor of Arts from Southern Illinois University, Masters of Education from Sam Houston State University, and a Specialist in Educational Leadership from University of Illinois-Springfield.



Wednesday, February 9, 2022



This workshop will provide an update to the Physical Restraint/Time Out Regulations following the implementation of PA 101-339 and identify what special and general education administrators must do during the 2021-2022 school year, including continued implementation of the law and regulations, the anticipated new ISBE guidance, the work of school restraint-time out oversight teams, and the benchmarks required by ISBE. The session will end with an open Question and Answer session.


1) Participants will be able to identify key components of this regulation in order to develop appropriate policies and procedures for implementation

2) Participants will review the new ISBE guidelines and resources

3) Participants will be able to ask questions related to the implementation of the regulation and applicable guidance from ISBE.


This event will be taking place via Zoom. Those who register will receive an email confirmation with the Zoom call information.

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