Measurable annual goals are an essential component of the individualized education program (IEP) that describe what a student is reasonably expected to accomplish in a 12-month period and are used by IEP teams to determine whether a student is making progress appropriate to his or her circumstances. During this webinar, Alex Marken and Dr. Mitch Yell from the PROGRESS Center and Christopher Colosimo from Elkhorn Area School District (WI) will provide an overview of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)’s requirements for measurable annual goals, explain the critical role that goals play in the development of a high-quality IEP, share essential elements for goal writing, and identify tips for developing goals that promote progress for students with disabilities. This introductory webinar is intended for educators and school leaders that are new to developing goals or as a review for veteran educators and leaders.
Alex Marken, MEd, supports product development and serves as a technical assistance provider for the PROGRESS Center. She currently works with schools and districts across the country on a variety of topics, including tiered mathematics instruction, data-based individualization, behavioral supports, and early warning systems.
Mitchell L. Yell, Ph.D., is the Fred and Francis Lester Palmetto Chair in Teacher Education and a Professor in Special Education at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Yell has published 134 journal articles, 6 textbooks, 36 book chapters, and has conducted numerous workshops on various aspects of special education law, classroom management, and progress monitoring.
Christopher Colosimo is a certified school psychologist with the Elkhorn Area School District (WI). Chris has more than 20 years of experience working in the field of education, serving in both urban and rural environments in a multitude of roles: elementary teacher, middle and high school special education teacher, adjunct professor and 14 years as a full-time school psychologist.