Check out the trailer for the new Path to PROGRESS Podcast. This podcast features educators discussing hot topics in education, with a focus on supporting students with disabilities. Episodes will tackle questions from the field and share free resources that educators and leaders can use to develop and implement high-quality educational programs for students with disabilities. Episode 1 is out now!
Sometimes PROGRESS requires doing whatever is necessary. This video highlights Gladys Short, a veteran special educator, and Jonathan, one of her students, from a tribal charter school in North Carolina. This story explains how they helped each other to see progress during the uncertainty of COVID-19.
Are you new to special education? Do you have questions about the basics of the individualized education program (IEP)? In this webinar, Shaylyn Quinn and Dr. Tessie Bailey review the essential components of an IEP as outlined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and discuss how the IEP can lay the foundation for promoting progress for students with disabilities. Presenters highlight legal requirements, share resources, and discuss considerations for the IEP in the context of COVID-19.
By collaborating with her colleagues and carefully planning, Julie Saxe, a special educator from Yarmouth, Maine is able to facilitate her students’ participation in the first-grade spring concert. This is an event that some students might choose to avoid if they did not have the scaffolding in place to feel successful. Listen to Julie Saxe describe how she helps to provide “…the memories and positive experiences that school should be.”
PROGRESS Center Director Dr. Tessie Rose Bailey was recently featured in an Education Week article, Virtual IEP Meetings: A 6-Step Guide for Parents and Teachers. In the article she discusses the recently released series of tools developed in collaboration with five other OSEP TA Centers including the Center for Parent Information & Resources, National Center for Systemic Improvement, CADRE, Family Network on Disabilities, and WI FACETS.
This sample Virtual IEP agenda template, note-taking template, and English and Spanish infographics are designed to support teams in conducting efficient IEP meetings. Although the resources are designed for a 60-minute meeting, teams can modify the word version to meet the team’s needs, meeting schedule, and teaming structure. The resources include suggested agenda items and times, sample meeting roles (e.g., timekeeper, facilitator), and possible meeting norms. To help facilitate revisions, a word version of the agenda is provided below.
This resource was developed through a collaboration between multiple OSEP funded centers in response to requests from state and local educational agencies and parents about how to hold and participate in virtual individualized education program (IEP) meetings. The resource includes technology tips, tips for hosting virtual meetings, and tips for participating in virtual IEP meetings. Additional infographics are available for participating in virtual meetings in English and Spanish.
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The Your Journey to Self-determination Series from CADRE includes six interactive self-directed courses that provide relatively short introductions to key concepts and skills needed to support students in becoming self-determined and engaging in their educational planning. Facilitation materials are also available.