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Orientation to Special Education (for Group Rental)


This is a recording of a live virtual workshop series, originally held on 9/24/20 & 10/1/20. 

This workshop series is designed for beginning special educators and special educators new to VT. See full description below.

VT-HEC’s intention is to offer professional development that provides you opportunities to engage with content, connect with colleagues, and apply learning in ways that sustain you and your work. When possible, we encourage you to view and discuss the recording(s) with colleagues.

You have two options to provide your group members with access to the video content:

  1. Share your username and password with members of your group. For this reason, we recommend creating a group account separate from a personal account you might have. 
  2. Show the recording in a group meeting (virtually or in-person), avoiding the need to share your login information.

If you need further assistance or advice, please email [email protected]

10 professional learning hours, certificates available.

NOTE – This recording is intended for group rentals. If you’d like to rent for 5 or fewer individuals, please use this link:


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with Jennifer Patenaude, M.A.

This two-day workshop is designed for beginning special educators and special educators new to VT. We will review the special education process (K-21), support greater participant understanding of each step, and respond to questions that each step elicits. Participants will build an understanding of:

  • Criteria for determining disability and associated impact on learning
  • Criteria for identifying evidence of adverse effect upon educational performance across basic skill areas
  • Need for Special Education – what makes it special?
  • Determining present levels of educational and functional performance
  • Accommodations and modifications – ensuring access to general education
  • Service delivery models
  • Data collection
  • Effective meeting facilitation tips and strategies

Additional information

Number of People

Up to 10 people, Up to 20 people, Up to 35 people, Up to 50 people