LIVE: Making Your IEP Team a Team! Overcoming Struggles, Disagreements and Challenging Conversations

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This course is offered for 0.3 ASHA CEUs, Introductory level.

IEP Teams are made up of people with varied skill sets, thoughts, ideals and expectations.
This course will discuss how to create IEP Teams that maintain functionality despite
disagreements, how to approach difficult situations, how to establish and maintain
collaborative team efforts, understand the legal process for resolutions and provide
scenarios and suggestions for these situations.

Instructor Information

Dawn M. Callahan Dennis, EdD, CCC-SLP, is a Regional Director with The Stepping Stones Group in the Kansas City area. Dr. Callahan Dennis has a successful career that has spanned working in hospitals, private practice, schools, and universities. She received her B.S. and M.S. from Boston University (‘90 & ‘91) and completed her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership at Baker University in Baldwin City, KS (2012). Her passion is empowering others, which she fulfills through providing mentorship, guidance, and collaboration with staff. She is sought out by school districts for consultation and professional development in topics of speech language pathology and education, including IDEA Compliance, Stress and Trauma Informed School, Tiered Interventions and Collaborative Teaming. She currently resides in the Kansas City area.

Financial Disclosure:  Dr. Callahan Dennis is an employee of the The Stepping Stones Group and
receives compensation for her position.

Non-Financial Disclosure: Dr. Callahan Dennis has no other non-financial relationships to disclose
at this time.

Learner Objectives

As a result of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe Collaboration and how to create Collaborative Teams.
  • Explain the specific legal requirements for an IEP meeting.
  • Explain the importance of documentation and data driven decision making at an IEP meeting.
  • Describe how to have a professional, difficult conversation when two parties do not agree in an IEP meeting.
  • Explain 2-3 ways to appreciate the value of lawyers and advocates at an IEP meeting.
  • Describe the legal process for resolution of disagreement with an IEP.
  • Review scenarios and evaluate various approaches to maintaining collaborative IEP teams.

Agenda

  • 15 minutes: Introduction and Pre-test
  • 25 Minutes: Collaboration
  • 20 Minutes: Legal requirements for an IEP meeting
  • 20 minutes: Explain the importance of documentation and data driven decision making at an IEP meeting.
  • 25 minutes: Difficult conversations
  • 15 minutes:Appreciate the value of lawyers and advocates at an IEP meeting.
  • 15 minutes:Understand the legal process for resolution of disagreement with an IEP.
  • 30 minutes: Review scenarios and various approaches to maintaining collaborative IEP teams.
  • 15 minutes: Post Test and Q&A