WSEMS: Friendly and Productive IEPs

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december, 2022

05dec12:00 pm1:00 pmWSEMS: Friendly and Productive IEPsMore Information12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Event Details

Based on feedback from parents & districts that the WI Special Education Mediation System (“WSEMS” for short) surveyed about what worked & what could have been improved in IEP meetings, this workshop provides practical tips & techniques that can increase the productivity of an IEP meeting. Implementing these ideas can help districts & parents have forward-looking and creative IEP meetings which can set the stage for a constructive relationship that can continue throughout the student’s educational program.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will understand feedback from parents and districts in Wisconsin about what worked and what didn’t work in IEP meetings.
  • Participants will receive constructive and practical tips and techniques to increase the productivity of an IEP meeting.
  • Participants will receive suggestions for developing strong parent/educator relationships through the IEP process.

Presenters: Nissan Bar-Lev is the Director of Special Education for CESA 7 & is one of 3 Partners who administer the WI Special Education Mediation System. Nissan co-chairs the Special Projects Committee for WCASS. He serves on the Governor’s Autism Council, Children’s Long Term Support Council & chairs the State Superintendent’s Blind & Visual Impairment Education Council. He serves on the SAA Assessment Team, the WI RtI/PBIS Advisory Council, & National IDEA Partnership “Creating Agreement” team. He is a co-author of Special Education in Plain Language.

Courtney Salzer is the Executive Director of WI FACETS. She also serves as the Director of the OSEP-funded Region C Parent Technical Assistance Center and of the WI Parent Training and Information Center. Courtney has spent most of her career working on systems change efforts related to children with disabilities, including serving as the former Director of WI FACETS’ State Professional Development Grant and WI FACETS’ Youth Mentoring Programs. She received her Bachelor’s Degree and Law Degree from Marquette University and possesses a Professional Certificate in Non Profit Management from UW-Milwaukee. Prior to her work at WI FACETS, Courtney was an attorney in private practice, where she did a variety of civil litigation. Courtney is the mother of two school-aged children with disabilities and the sister of a young adult with a disability.



(Monday) 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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