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eLearning: The Facilitated IEP

Product Number: 50000025

eLearning: The Facilitated IEP is a professional development opportunity for all educators involved in the IEP process. This online course helps ensure educators have successful IEP meetings with the student’s best interest at the core. This cost-effective program can be started at any time and includes 13 self-paced online sessions.
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Techniques and Tools to Reach Success During IEP Meetings.
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The IEP meeting, a mandated process for planning successful student outcomes with parents, administrators, and teachers, can result in dissatisfaction with goals, placement, services, and decisions. AbleNet has collaborated with Key2Ed to develop an online course to help ensure educators have successful IEP meetings with the student’s best interest at the core.

eLearning: The Facilitated IEP is designed for all educators involved in the IEP process and includes principles for good communication, preventing and resolving conflict, as well as strategies for collaboration and respect, taught in a clear, thoughtful manner with organized materials, videos, and example meetings. This cost-effective program can be started at any time and includes 13 self-paced online sessions. The course is approximately 8-hours of instruction which includes instructional screen time, sample videos of IEP meetings, time for taking session quizzes, opportunities to record and use templates, as well as chances to review the material periodically throughout the course. Educators have a 3-month period to complete the program and upon completion they will have the tools needed to manage and deliver a successful IEP meeting.

Participants learn to:
  • Guide teams to agree on appropriate, compliant, and effective IEPs.
  • Channel communication to build mutual understanding based on respect.
  • Create agreements based on full participation from all members.
  • Generate informed discussions.
  • Prevent, reduce, and resolve conflict.

The course includes 13 sessions which can be completed online over a period of 3 months. Total course time is approximately 8-hours of instruction. At the conclusion of each session, to ensure your staff understands the strategies and use of multiple tools, we have created quizzes that focus on the key concepts presented during each session. In addition, if your staff successfully completes each quiz (a score of 80% or higher), they will receive a certificate of completion to be used for continuing education credits. We understand IEP meetings may not take place daily, weekly, or monthly, so AbleNet supports an online Member’s Only website for your course participants to access anytime and leverage all the excellent tools and strategies taught in the course in perpetuity.
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Facilitated IEP Course Topics:
  • Session 1: Introduction
  • Session 2: Facilitation Content and Process
  • Session 3: Sample IEP Meeting for Kevin
  • Session 4: Meeting Roles and Functions
  • Session 5: Discussion and Building Consensus
  • Session 6: Sample IEP Meeting for Kimberly
  • Session 7: Facilitative Behaviors
  • Session 8: Sample IEP Meeting for Shawn
  • Session 9: Tools for Success
  • Session 10: Communication and Listening
  • Session 11: After the Meeting
  • ession 12: Reconciling Differences
  • Session 13: Sample IEP Meeting for Travis

I just wanted to take a moment to say how impressed I was with the way in which you “facilitated” our meeting on Friday [using the Facilitated IEP Process].  The process of establishing a clear and concise agenda, discussing strengths and challenges, and establishing agreement on meeting norms was seamless.  Being the visual person I am, referencing your charts as we moved through the discussion was extremely helpful.
Supervisor, Autism Spectrum Disorder/Intellectual Disabilities Programs
Hillsborough County Public Schools


Today I had the pleasure; yes I said pleasure, of attending the best run IEP meeting I have ever attended!

Tina did an outstanding job of keeping the meeting focused and positive and the meeting ran smoothly from start to finish. The measures she took in preparing for the meeting, the plan she had in place for directing and maintaining focus, as well as visually recording every portion of the IEP all contributed to its success.

I always enjoy walking away from an experience where I learn how to do something better.  This was one of those times!
Principal
St. John’s County School District


Since 2007, I have attended numerous IEP meetings in the St. John's County School System. Tina facilitated my son's& IEP meeting at Landrum Middle School on February 21, 2013. Tina defined the purpose, established clear rules, objectives, and realistic goals. Her leadership prevented conflicts and promoted harmony and teamwork. It was the most productive IEP meeting I have ever attended.
Parent
St. John’s County School District


I had the pleasure of attending an IEP meeting yesterday at Landrum Middle School; I have been to quite a few at LMS at this point. This IEP was round 2 of a previous IEP meeting that did not end well a few weeks prior. We requested that all of the teachers be present to help illuminate the needs of this student. Tina used the Facilitated IEP process and it was extremely effective. We had a clear picture of where we were going and how we were going to get there. I had 3 students observe the previous failed IEP meeting, and one of them returned for this experience. He was amazed at the difference.
Attorney, Student Advocate
St. John’s County School District


I utilized the facilitation skills taught last spring in Tampa at a meeting last Thursday.

The agenda was prepared and we worked our way through it. We found the student eligible for Homebound services so he will receive instruction at home and he will be dually enrolled at school for therapies and non-academic classes.

What I remember saying most often was we are all in agreement we can move on. There were 15 of us at the table and it worked like a charm.
Staffing Specialist
Lee County School District


I wanted to share our success with you! If you remember, Tammi and I had a scheduled IEP meeting the week following our IEP Facilitation training. She and I met ahead of time, prepared for the meeting, prepared the team members for the meeting, and had a VERY productive outcome. We used T-Charts for pros/cons of the placement decision we were trying to make. It worked so well. Before we started, I told Tammi this meeting would take 1.5-hours if we were lucky (remember the traditional way of doing a meeting).We were done in 45-minutes! The parent was so positive when we did the meeting process plus/deltas! She felt her input was valuable and she was heard. It was a very good meeting.
Special Education Director
Broward County Public Schools


I just wanted to take the opportunity to personally recognize your exceptional work ethic and say thank you for the level of professionalism that you provided to me during the meeting on yesterday (March 18, 2014) on behalf of my daughter. I have attended IEP meetings before, but this was different because you truly exerted outstanding customer service in a very customer friendly environment.

I appreciated that you took the time from start to end to explain all of the information to me, and that you did not just assume that it was common knowledge because I work for the school system.  I did not feel rushed, all of my questions were answered, I did not feel like my child was just being met about because of formality/procedure, and I left with complete understanding about what my child would be receiving and why. Additionally, I really liked the ground rules that were established at the start of the meeting and adhered to throughout the duration of the meeting. I am going to share your ground rules technique with my ESE Specialist if you do not mind. Nevertheless, thanks for all that you do to help parents and students, and I am PLEASED that she has someone genuine like you looking out for her best interest!

AGAIN, THANK YOU!
Parent & Administrator, Assistant Principal
Broward County Public Schools

How many hours is the course?
The course time is approximately 8-hours. This total number of hours includes instructional screen time, sample videos of IEP meetings, time for taking session quizzes, opportunities to record and use templates, as well as chances to review the material periodically throughout the course are all part of the 8-hour estimate. We recommend breaking up the time into 30 to 60-minute segments spread over several days.

Does staff receive a certificate of successful completion?
Yes, staff will receive a report that shows whether they successfully passed a session quiz. If they did make a mistake, they can review the online report to see the answers to the questions they may have missed. At the conclusion of each session, the participant will see how they did on that particular session quiz as well as their running total for all quizzes as they move through the material. To pass the course successfully and receive the certificate, the staff member needs to score greater than 80% correct on the overall score for the course, which includes all session quizzes.

Can this course be used for continuing education credits (CEUs)?
Yes, this is an 8-hour course so it qualifies for just fewer than 1.0 CEU credits.

Do you send any materials?
All materials are downloadable. They are located on the main landing page at http://ablenet.syberworks.com under “Downloads”. AbleNet also supports an online Member’s Only website for your course participants to access anytime and leverage all the excellent tools and strategies taught in the course in perpetuity.

What if I can’t get registered on the Members Only website?
Review your WELCOME email you received once the course was purchased. Within that email, you will see information specifically letting you know how to register and gain access 24/7 to the supporting materials. If you are unable to locate that particular email, just call AbleNet customer service at (800) 322-0956. Our customer service staff will help you walk through the registration process.

How long do I have to complete the course?
90-days.

If I am not able to complete the course in 90 days, can I get an extension?
Yes, please contact AbleNet Customer Service at (800) 322-0956 or via email at customerservice@ablenetinc.com.

Do you offer quantity or district pricing?
Yes, please contact AbleNet Customer Service at (800) 322-0956 or via email at customerservice@ablenetinc.com.

Key2Ed was established in 2004 by Joyce and Doug Little to provide educational consulting services to school districts, state departments of education, and other educational agencies and entities serving students K-12.  While an official with the US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), Doug Little, realized that the majority of conflict between districts and families happened at the IEP Meeting. This led Doug and Joyce to develop a conflict resolution and Individual Education Plan [IEP] meeting program, termed Facilitation IEP Process Program. With their unique combination of teacher and administrator experience, combined with delivering over thousands of onsite workshops impacting tens of thousands of educators, Doug and Joyce Little realized that building an e-learning Program developed right from their onsite workshop could help reach and train many more staff on these vital techniques for reaching consensus and creating a go-forward success plan for students on IEPs.  

We developed Facilitated IEP Training out of a need we saw as administrators with decades of experience in special education.  Once we started presenting the workshop and saw the important impact it was having on a go-forward approach for participants, we decided we needed to reach more administers and educators beyond just the onsite workshops; so we created this wonderful online Program.  The online Program will provide the same vital tools, techniques and strategies in our Facilitated IEP process as the onsite workshop.  With either the onsite or the online version, it is our goal to assist district personnel and families to build positive relationships, and focus the IEP content and process on the student.  We are excited to work with AbleNet in the online version so, together; we can reach more districts to promote successful collaboration and effective relationships for the betterment of students.

Doug & Joyce Little, Co-Creators and Founders of Key2Ed

If you see value in having an on-site workshop presented to the entire staff, please reach out directly to Key2Ed. Their experts will work hand-in-hand with you to coordinate an on-site professional development 3-day workshop.  Robin O’Shea and Cassie Velasquez have partnered with Doug and Joyce Little to conduct onsite training. Robin and Cassie are special education administrators themselves who facilitate meetings on a weekly basis. They bring a current and practical perspective to the onsite training. 

Click here to visit their website and learn more about the on-site Program.

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