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The Procedural Thread of Special Education: A Webinar Series on Processes, Regulations, and Best Practices


Special education becomes overly ‘proceduralized’ when educational teams lose sight of the ‘why’ behind special education rules and regulations. This webinar series is designed to break down the processes of special education in a sequential manner to illustrate the ‘thread’ of information that should be carried through from the evaluation to each component of the IEP.  Each aspect of the process’s rationale, as well as how it relates to the provision of special education, is explained. This thread should consistently reflect the relationship between the unique needs of the learner, equitable access, and educational benefit. 

Note: The Agency of Education is currently generating new Special Education forms. These new forms will have slight differences from the forms associated with these recordings. In addition, these recordings do not yet include the July 1, 2022 added section on Parental Input. 

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Rental period is 60 days for the full series.

1 professional learning hour per webinar; certificates available.

NOTE – This recording is intended for individual viewers. If you’d like to purchase for a group, please use this link: Group Rental for Procedural Thread of Special Ed Series. 

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This webinar provides an overview of the importance of identifying how specific disabilities impact learning and why understanding this impact is critical to choosing the specialized programming that creates equal access to a free and appropriate public education (FAPE). Specific examples of accommodations/supports that address the impact of each of the high incidence disabilities are provided along with language for associated IEP present level statements.

Click here to register for Webinar 1: Disability Determination ONLY.
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This webinar presents the reasoning behind how and why an adverse effect upon educational performance is associated with the impact of disability. It also provides an explanation of adverse effect criteria with specific examples for each type of evidence across basic skill areas.

Click here to register for Webinar 2: Adverse Effect ONLY.
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What does it mean to need specialized instruction, and what is special about it? This webinar answers that question and also describes the difference between service delivery models that help students to access grade level universal instruction and models that develop the missing foundational skills that create access issues. Examples of how these different service delivery models should be represented on the IEP service page are also provided.

Click here to register for Webinar 3: Determining the Need for Special Ed ONLY.
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The IEP requires statements of present levels that clearly state how a free appropriate public education (FAPE) and educational benefit will be insured. These statements should paint a picture of a student’s learning profile in terms of the uniqueness of their learning (including their strengths as a learner); how this uniqueness impacts their access to general education; and their associated needs for specialized programming. The IEP also requires clear statements of present levels of educational and functional performance, and these should be threaded through the IEP as baseline for associated goals/objectives. This webinar provides guidance related to the development of these present level statements, including specific examples of language in the IEP.

Click here to register for Webinar 4: Present Levels ONLY.
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Drafting IEP goals and objectives that are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely can be very challenging. The IEP team must have a good sense of the developmental learning progressions that will be used as the road map for writing goals and objectives. These goals and objectives will serve as the guideposts for the associated specialized instruction and related services. This webinar provides guidance around how to make informed, proficiency-based decisions regarding the focus of the goals and objectives, as well as the structure of the IEP language.

Click here to register for Webinar 5: Writing Measurable IEP Goals and Objectives ONLY.
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Special education rules and regulations require that progress towards IEP goals be reported throughout the life of an IEP, as well as at the time of new IEP development. This information is key to determining whether or not the student is experiencing an educational benefit from their special education programming. Effective and efficient strategies for ongoing progress monitoring and data collection systems are essential. This webinar offers both guidance and examples for how to establish these strategies and systems.

Click here to register for Webinar 6: Data Collection Strategies ONLY.
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Click on the short introductory video below for an overview of the series by the presenter, Jen Patenaude.