During the 2020-2021 school year, disability category criteria was updated for speech or language impairment, emotional behavioral disability, and deaf and hard of hearing, blind and visually impaired. In addition a new disability category and identification criteria was added to Wisconsin state rule for deafblind and an emergency rule was passed relating to identification of specific learning disability when students are located in a private or homeschool educational setting. This presentation will review key aspects of updated criteria within the framework of a comprehensive special education evaluation.
Parents are often asked to create goals for their children. This workshop will share a resource for parents in WI to reduce this burden. Come to find out more about the Goals for Children web-based application.
Additional Services, Compensatory Services, Extended School Year, and Monitoring Progress of IEP Goals | Slides
April 28, 2021
The COVID-19 public health emergency has had a tremendous impact on the provision of special education services across the country. As more students are returning to schools full time in Wisconsin, we will discuss the importance of accurately identifying current levels of academic and functional performance in light of each student’s unique circumstances. When reviewing Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), IEP teams should examine both progress on IEP goals as well as progress in age or grade level curriculum to determine if and how additional services or compensatory services are needed and what options for special education service delivery will best meet the needs of each student moving forward.
Alternatives to Exclusionary Practices: Ensuring a Free Appropriate Public Education for Students with IEPs | Slides
February 24, 2021
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires IEP Teams consider the use of positive behavioral interventions and support to address behaviors that interfere with a student’s learning or the learning of others. Parents and caregivers know their children best and are vital members of the IEP team. Identifying and understanding how positive behavioral interventions and support are incorporated into the IEP helps parents and caregivers fully participate in the IEP process, and help schools meet their child’s needs.
College and Career Ready IEPs | Slides
November 13, 2019
College and Career Ready (CCR) IEPs are for all students with IEPs ages 3-21. CCR IEPs are built on 5 core beliefs and utilize a 5-step process for developing an IEP to improve student outcomes. This presentation will dig a little deeper into each step of the process for CCR IEP development.
Comprehensive Special Education Evaluations | Slides
March 24, 2021
During this workshop, parents will learn the legal requirements of completing a comprehensive special education evaluation, regardless of the area of eligibility. Parents will also learn their role as an IEP team member during the evaluation process. Parents will also learn what educationally relevant questions are, why they are important as part of a comprehensive evaluation and how to ask them.
Functional Behavioral Assessments | Slides
September 22, 2021
Conducting a Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) is an important tool for IEP teams. The purpose of an FBA is to identify the purpose or function of behaviors that interfere with learning and the variables that influence the behavior. Information and data gained from an FBA are then used to develop the components of an effective IEP and Behavioral Intervention Plan (BIP) if needed. Parents and caregivers know their children best, and are vital members of the IEP team. Understanding the FBA process will help parents and caregivers be productive partners in the IEP process and help schools meet their child’s needs.
Graduation for All: Tools to Improve the Graduation Rate for Students with Disabilities | Slides
April 14, 2021
The workshop will provide participants with an understanding of graduation for students, families, and communities. Participants will review and learn strategies to build partnerships between families and schools to increase graduation outcomes for students.
How to Provide Students with IEPs Accessibility to their Grade Level Reading Materials | Slides
March 17, 2021
Students with IEPs have an ever-growing gap between their achievement scores and their grade level expectations. Wisconsin’s statewide scores for students with IEPs over the past six (6) years show that over 80% – 90% of students with IEPs have scored at the non-proficient level in Reading, English Learning Arts, Math and Science.Many of these students do not read at grade level expectations and are thus unable to access their grade level reading materials. This is called a print disability. Federal law, IDEA 2004 requires that IEP teams provide Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) such as Text To Speech to students with IEPs in order for them to access their grade level reading materials.This presentation will describe how should IEPs teams provide Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) such as Text To Speech to students with IEPs.
IEP Checklist | Slides
August 31, 2021
This session is a walk-through of the IEP process using the IEP checklist, a new resource developed by WI FACETS for families. We will present information on timelines, rights, preparation and more.
Navigating Special Education Resources | Slides
September 23rd, 2020
This session will focus on specific strategies and resources that will help every parent become a more informed and confident advocate for their child. The focus on this session will be building a parent’s capacity to have the knowledge and confidence to be an effective IEP team member. Throughout this session, participants will find helpful tips and resources that they can readily use as they support their child’s learning experience in school.
One Size Doesn’t Fit All: Family Engagement in the IEP Process | Slides
April 22nd, 2020
Family engagement takes on all forms and is unique to each family. That’s why a “one size” (strategy) doesn’t work for all families. This webinar will discuss the role families can play in developing their child’s IEP and the different strategies that can be used. Participants will walk away with a variety of resources to use and try to enhance family and student participation.
Other Health Impairment (OHI) – Ways to Support Students | Slides
April 3rd, 2019
Students with IEPs in the area of Other Health Impairment are one of the larger and more diverse groups of students. However, there are some commonalities that will be discussed during this webinar.
Placement Decisions and Home-Based Instruction | Slides
December 9, 2020
Home based placements raise concerns related to least restrictive environment. This presentation will discuss the appropriate procedural requirements that must be met before a student’s IEP team can be placed for educational services at home.
Results Driven Accountability (RDA) | Slides
December 2, 2020
Success for students with disabilities means focusing on both the quality of the services they are provided and the academic, social, and emotional skills they are mastering. This webinar will focus on ways the DPI supports adults to promote learning for students with IEPs.
Section 504: What Parents and Schools Need to Know | Slides
January 25, 2022
Learn about the similarities and differences between Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and 504 plans. The training will cover what Section 504 is, what schools must do because of it, the criteria for students to qualify for a 504 accommodation plan and how 504s are different from IEPs. We will also cover how Section 504 can help students with disabilities through high school in college and in the workplace. Information on 504 grievance procedures will also be provided.
Self-Directed College & Career Ready IEP Guide | Slides
May 19, 2021
This session will introduce to the CCR IEP Guide, a tool from the Transition Improvement Grant Self Advocacy Suite. This session will discuss the importance of Self Advocacy and the use of the CCR Guide in increasing Self Advocacy.
Shortened School Day | Slides
January 15th, 2020
Shortening a student’s school day is a serious intervention that results in students missing significant amounts of instruction and other educational opportunities. However, in rare, limited circumstances, it may be acceptable for individualized education program (IEP) teams to choose a shortened school day for a student with a disability. In making this decision the IEP team must clearly document its justification for doing so and document discussion of several requirements. This webinar discusses the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s guidance around shortened school days.
Specially Designed (Adapted) Physical Education | Slides
November 10, 2021
This workshop will review what Adapted Physical Education (APE) is and when a plan for APE is required. Participants also will learn how to determine what a student’s needs may be in the content area of Physical Education, and how a plan for APE is incorporated in a student’s IEP.
Specific Learning Disabilities
October 17th, 2018
Up to one-third of parents with children with LD don’t feel prepared to take on the challenge. This webinar will help you learn more about the truths about Specific Learning Disabilities and the WI SLD Eligibility Criteria: What is SLD; How is a child found eligible and what resources are available.
Supporting your Preschool Child’s IEP at Home | Slides
August 25, 2021
So, your child has an Individualized Education Program (IEP) how can you support the development of their goals in your home. This webinar will explore fun interactive ways you can provide opportunities for your child to develop and practice those skills during everyday activities, routines and transitions.
Using Medical Information & Reports Within the IEP Evaluation Process | Slides
March 10, 2021
Parents are sometimes given a “prescription” for Special Education from their child’s doctor or medical provider. The question comes up – what can/should a school district do with that information? How are IEP teams expected to respond to medical reports or outside evaluations? This workshop will share information about what IEP teams MUST do, as well as how they can use the information provided.
What are Executive Function Skills & How can they be Addressed in Students IEP | Slides
February 10, 2021
While Executive Function skills impact our lives in many areas, it’s not always easy to determine interventions and supports to address them. Participants will learn about basic information related to identifying and remediating difficulties students might have with Executive Function skills. Discussions regarding where you might find reference to needs and supports in the IEP.