Special Education – April 2017

Supreme Court Ruling on FAPE
On March 22, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a unanimous decision today in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District RE-1.  The Court articulated the following standard for a FAPE: “To meet its substantive obligation under the IDEA, a school must offer an IEP reasonably calculated to enable a child to make progress appropriate in light of the child’s circumstances.” The italicized matter appears to be a refinement of the Court’s 1982 Rowley standard.  The Court rejected the “de minimus” standard under the IDEA; however, the Court refused to adopt a “meaningful” standard advanced by the parents.  The decision contains the following important observation: “We will not attempt to elaborate on what ‘appropriate’ progress will look like from case to case.”   – Text provided by Thomas Mayes

April 11 – Teaching Students with Dyslexia and Dysgraphia
Thank you for your patience while we tried to find a date and available room to make up our class. Please click on a location below for more information and new dates.

Contact: Michelle Deshler, michelle.deshler@gpaea.org or 800-622-0027 Ext. 5426 (vm)

April 18 & 19 – Special Education Directors Network – CANCELED (4/13/17)
The Special Education Directors Network meetings will be held on April 18 in Ottumwa and on April 19 in Burlington.  Both sessions will be from 1:00 – 3:30 in their respective locations.  The tentative meeting agenda can be found here.  Please complete this short survey to indicate that you plan to attend and to provide your discussion topics and questions for our meeting time.
Contact: Angelisa Fynaardt, angelisa.fynaardt@gpaea.org or 800-622-0027 Ext. 5311

May 3 – Activities to Gain Independence
Mount Pleasant, IA
Contact: Ellie Hamilton, ellie.hamilton@gpaea.org or 800-622-0027 Ext. 5391

Nonviolent Crisis Intervention PD for Summer 2017 through Spring 2018

June 6 & 7 – Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training
Great Prairie AEA will offer two summer opportunities for school teams who want to be trained in Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (aka CPI) training.  Participants will be trained in a safe, non-harmful response system that may be used to address the safety needs of students during times of escalated behaviors or crisis.   Schools are highly encouraged to sends teams of people to the training as the model works best when implemented by a team.  The first session is on June 6 & 7 and registration is available in the GPAEA Professional Development Catalog or via the link at http://bit.ly/2oeJCA8.  The second session will be offered on August 10 & 11 with a registration link coming soon.  You may find more information about this course by downloading the PDF: Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training

If your district and/or building would like to receive this training during the school year, then you will want to consider our Flex option.  For $30 per participant, your staff can complete 2-3 hours of online modules prior to one of our Nonviolent Crisis Intervention trainers coming onsite to provide a 4-hour follow-up.  As this training is best completed as a building team, you will be asked to have a minimum of 8 staff members participating in the Flex option.  The onsite date will be scheduled at the convenience of your district schedule and the availability of the trainer.  If you are interested in this option for next school year, please contact your Regional Director.

June 14 & 15 – Save the Date – Summer Institute

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