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IEP Essentials: Lessons Learned Through Legal Analysis

Conducted October 3, 2007

Presenter: Susan K. Etscheidt, Ph.D.

Susan Etscheidt, Ph.D.
Susan K. Etscheidt, Ph.D.
Professor of Special Education
University of Northern Iowa

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Webinar Materials and Archive

Webinar Archive: This is the archive of the live Webinar event conducted on October 3, 2007. The recording is 1 hr., 24 minutes in length. You can start, stop, pause, fast forward or rewind the recording using the controls on the ReadyTalk player. (Note: Playing the archive requires FLASH Player to be activated.)

Webinar PowerPoint Presentation Handout: This is the Handout for the Webinar presentation on IEP Essentials: Lessons Learned Through Legal Analysis. Please choose from 6 Slides per page (PDF, 22 pgs.) or 3 slides per page (PDF, 43 pgs.)

Strategies for Parents and Advocates: This is a set of recommendations for negotiating appropriate transition plans, behavior intervention plans and progress monitoring plans as part of Individualized Education Programs. (PDF, 3 pgs)

Other Resources mentioned during the Webinar:

Re-evaluation & Transition Services: Best Practices for School Psychologists and Evaluation Teams (PDF, 13 pgs) This document recommends an evaluation process for secondary special education teams to enhance the transition of students with disabilities from school to their adult lives in order to increase positive post-school outcomes. Suggested timelines and resources are included to develop evaluations based on individual student needs.

Sample Summary of Performance (SOP) (PDF, 7 pgs) Developed by the National Transition Documentation Summit based on the initial work of Stan Shaw, Carol Kochhar-Bryant, Margo Izzo, Ken Benedict, and David Parker.

Advocacy in Action: Legal Issues in Transition Planning. This article synthesizes findings of a thorough review of 36 state-level administrative and district court rulings dealing with school to post-school transition planning. The findings will assist parents and advocates in the development of effective and legally sufficient Transition Plans. Read the report

Advocacy in Action: Behavior Intervention Plans: Five Essential Themes that Add up to Adequacy. The article synthesizes the findings of a study of 800 due process, district court and appellate court decisions involving the adequacy of Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs). The findings provide important information that advocates and parents need to take into consideration as they work together to plan effective behavioral interventions on behalf of students with disabilities. Read the report.

Teaching Exceptional Children: Progress Monitoring: Legal Issues and Recommendations for IEP Teams. This article by Susan K. Etscheidt, Ph.D. provides an overview of the importance of developing and implementing progress monitoring plans within Individualized Education Programs for students with disabilities. (PDF, 6 pgs) Read the article. (PDF, 6 pgs.)

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