This self-paced training by CCTS is designed to inform educators and families about best practices in developing Individualized Educational Programs (IEPs) that are student-centered and student-directed.
To earn clock hours for completing this course, register with eLearning for Educators. The cost is 10 clock hours for $40.
Upon completion, participants will be able to:
After a brief introduction to the Center for Change in Transition Services, Module 1 begins with an overview of transition planning for students with disabilities. It identifies the four performance indicators for secondary transition and the role that quality Individual Education Programs (IEPs) play in preparing students for post-school success. Then it explores the format of traditional IEP meetings and what it means to include students’ voices in those meetings. It highlights the importance of self-determination and other benefits of increased student participation in their IEPs. Finally, it outlines four steps for preparing students to be involved in their IEP meeting.
Module 2 addresses the first steps towards involving students in their IEPs: assessing students and informing/involving their families and caregivers.
The second step in preparing students for IEP involvement is developing the skills of self-awareness, self-advocacy, and self-determination.
Module 4 addresses ways to ensure that students understand their IEP, including the components and their rights. These are areas that students should be familiar with as they prepare to lead their own meetings.
Module 5 addresses the final step in preparing students to lead their IEPs: planning for participation. It explores ways to prepare students and to make delivery accommodations in meetings.
Module 6 begins by exploring what student involvement in the IEP looks like in elementary years, middle school years, and high school years. It introduces a tool for thinking about approaching complex change. And finally, the IEP Continuum from Module 1 is revisited to set goals for next steps.
After completing this course, please consider taking five minutes to reflect on what you’ve learned and share it in the Post-Training Reflection Guide.
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February 23, 2023