Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency

New Special Education teacher training: save these dates

 A class for new special education teachers (including those that were hired mid-year of  the 2019-20 school year) is being developed as a means to support both the new special education teachers and AEA staff for the upcoming school year.  By offering a year-long class, the special education teachers can receive additional instruction and supports as they navigate their first experiences with conducting assessments, documentation of special education services, and preparation for IEP meetings.  

By having these additional supports in place for the new teachers, we believe this would increase the retention of teachers within the field of special education.  

The first training will be offered in two locations on different days. Select the option of your choice as the content will be the same in each class. Both are scheduled from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. with lunch on your own. 

Friday, August 14 - New Special Ed. Teacher Training Day 1 - Pocahontas AEA
Monday, August 17 - New  Special Ed. Teacher Training Day 1 - Fort Dodge AEA

Day 1 content will be logging onto the IDEA system (web IEP), basic special education procedures, reading and understanding IEPs on their rosters, and preparing for the new school year.  The content for the remaining dates includes continued work with IEPs, learning more about parent-friendly IEP meetings from the Family Educator Partner Consultants, transition, reading, behavior, significant disabilities, assistive technology, and media resources. *Participants should have their school email address enabled and are asked to bring a laptop to the training.  

Trainings will be offered virtually if the need arises.

Please register here:  August 2020 New Special Ed. Teacher Registration Link

Additional dates are scheduled and those details are below.

Day 2: Wednesday, October 7 - Pocahontas AEA

Agenda and the registration link will be emailed to participants in September.

Day 3:Tuesday, February 9 - Pocahontas AEA 

No snow date will be scheduled.  If needed, the class can be held virtually. Agenda and registration link will be emailed to participants in January.

Day 4: Tuesday, April 20 - Pocahontas AEA

Agenda and registration link will be emailed to participants in early April.

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