Ashley VanCleef

Ashley VanCleef

Advising on what students need educationally and are entitled to legally.
  • Education Law, Civil Rights
  • Maryland
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Summary

Ashley VanCleef is not only an experienced education law attorney but also a certified special educator. She has served students with disabilities as special education teacher, school and state level administrator, and school attorney. Prior to forming Law for Parents, Ashley's experience as a special education attorney included working for the Law Office of Brian K. Gruber, staff attorney for Montgomery County Public School in Maryland, as well as Supervisor and 504 Coordinator for the Resolution and Compliance Unit. Ms. VanCleef instituted informal, collaborative solutions to assist families and school system staff to resolve concerns through the least adversarial means focusing on win-win resolutions. As an attorney for parents, she continues to find dynamic approaches to resolving concerns with student-focused outcomes.
Ms. VanCleef's experience also includes serving as as a resource teacher for middle schools, nonpublic schools, and compliance in Howard County Public Schools in Maryland. She provided training for special educators on instructional frameworks and interventions, administration of the Woodcock Johnson assessment, writing/conducting individualized education programs (IEPs), and compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Additionally, she worked as a case manager for students placed in nonpublic settings and served as a member of the Central Educational Placement Team (CEPT). Prior to moving to Maryland, Ms. VanCleef worked for the state departments in Texas and Oklahoma. Her many duties included compliance monitoring of school districts, technical assistance for families to access the dispute resolution options of IDEA, and providing statewide training on special education requirements. Ms. VanCleef is a member of Maryland State Bar Association, Frederick County Bar Association, International Dyslexia Association In her spare time, Ms. VanCleef enjoys spending time with her family and volunteering.

Education
University of Baltimore
J.D. (2011) | Education Law
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University of Central Oklahoma
B.S. (1998) | Special Education
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Professional Experience
Principal Attorney
Law For Parents, LLC
- Current
Attorney
Law Office of Brian K Gruber, PC
- Current
Attorney
Montgomery County Public Schools
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Speaking Engagements
IEP and 504 Plan Legal Workshop, Columbia, Maryland
National Business Institutes
IEPs and 504 Plans: A Legal Compliance Guide, Rockville, MD
National Business Institutes
IEP Goal Progress Monitoring: Ensuring Legal Compliance A. What the IDEA Says About Progress Monitoring B. Documenting Progress C. Reporting Lack of Progress VI. Avoiding Common IEP Errors and Mistakes A. Predetermination on IEPs B. IEPs with no Meaningful Educational Benefit C. Failure to Document Changes in Placement Decisions D. Failure to Properly Include Parents in the Process
Routes to Resolution, Accessibility Summit 2017, McLean, Virginia
National Business Institutes, FBAs and BIPs: An Essential Legal Guide
Professional Associations
State Bar of Maryland
Member
Current
National Association of the Deaf
Advancing Member
- Current
Activities: Deaf Business Advocates Section
International Dyslexia Association
Member
- Current
Frederick County Bar Association
Member
- Current
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Maryland
Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Practice Areas
  • Education Law
  • Civil Rights
Additional Practice Area
  • Special Education law
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Social Media
Websites & Blogs
Website
Blog
Law For Parents
Contact & Map
Law For Parents, LLC
122 East Patrick Street #125
Frederick, MD 21701
USA
Toll-Free: (410) 206-5997
Fax: (240) 358-1091