Special Education – August 2017

Special Education Director Network

Special Education Director Network meetings will occur three times throughout the school year. Special Education Directors, building administrators, and special education coaches are welcome to attend to learn more about current issues in special education. Meeting dates and locations are listed below. Register at http://bit.ly/2uQTOSp.

  • Burlington
    Sept 27, 1:00 – 3:30
    Dec 7, 1:00 – 3:30
    April 11, 1:00 – 3:30
  • Ottumwa
    Sept 28, 1:00 – 3:30
    Dec 8, 8:30 – 11:00
    April 12, 1:00 – 3:30

Special Education Procedures Manual and Release Notes

The 2017-18 Special Education Procedure Manual and the corresponding Release Notes were published this month. Please make sure that you and your special education teachers have the updated version of the manual. In addition, the Release Notes will provide you with a summary and highlighted text to indicate the changes from last year to this year. Both documents are available to download at Iowa IDEA Info. If you have any questions about the procedural changes for this year, please contact your Regional Director for more information.


New Teacher IEP Training

IEP training for new special education teachers will be available this year in two different formats. You may decide if you prefer to have your teacher(s) complete the online training or if you prefer that they attend the 2-day face-to-face training in Burlington or Ottumwa. Information about how to register for both options is provided below.

Option 1 – Online Training

Your new teachers may complete online training on the Web IEP. You are strongly encouraged to require staff to give you a Certificate of Completion if you pick this option. Directions for registration are:

  • Go to: https://training.aeapdonline.org
  • Click on 1st time user to Register or enter login information
  • Click on House Icon on the left
  • Click on red catalog icon
  • Type in the search bar: IEP Training for AEA/LEA staff
  • Click the Register button for the course
  • Click the continue button to enter the course and complete it

Option 2 – Face-to-face Training

Your new teachers may attend in-person training on the Web IEP.  Training will be provided in Burlington on August 29 and September 7 or in Ottumwa on August 31 and September 12.  All sessions will begin at 9:00 and end by4:00.  Registration links are below.


Foundations of Special Education Course

Great Prairie will offer Foundations of Special Education course this fall. This course will provide principals and other district administrators an opportunity to gain knowledge and skills in the supervision and administration of special education services. Sessions will be held in Ottumwa on October 10 and 24 from 8:30 – 4:00. Sessions will be held in Burlington on October 11 and 25 from 8:30 – 4:00. Registration links will be coming soon.

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