Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency

Trainings planned for new Special Education teachers

A class for new special education teachers (including mid-year hires for the 17-18 school year) is being developed as a means to support both the new special education teachers and AEA staff next 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. 

An additional benefit of having additional supports in place for the new teachers is retention of these teachers within the field of special education. 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 is in development and will be shared in August.

Day 1: Trainings will be held from 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at four different locations on these dates:

  • Monday, Aug. 13 - New Special Ed. Teacher Training Day 1 - Spencer (Room C)
  • Tuesday, Aug. 14 - New  Special Ed. Teacher Training Day 1 - Pocahontas (Twin Lakes)
  • Monday, Aug. 20 - New Special Ed. Teacher Training Day 1 - Fort Dodge AEA (Lower Level Conference Room)
  • Tuesday, August 21 - New Special Ed. Teacher Training Day 1 - Pocahontas (Black Hawk)

Please register at:

*Participants should bring a laptop to the training.
Lunch, for all dates, will be on your own.

Day 2: Tuesday, Oct. 9 - New Special Ed. Teacher Training Day 2 - Pocahontas
Day 3: Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019​ - New Special Ed. Teacher Training Day 3 - Pocahontas
Day 4: Monday, April 8, 2019 - New Special Ed. Teacher Day 4 - Pocahontas

Questions: Please contact Tonia Hoch.

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