Creating IEPs: Understanding Learner Variability and the Role of Empathy

02/09/2021 - 3:00pm

Grade levels: Professional Development, Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Content areas: Professional Development, Special Ed

District/Organization: edWeb

One in five children have learning and thinking differences, and among students with identified learning disabilities, 70 percent spend at least 80 percent of their school day in the general education setting. For all students who learn and think differently to thrive, all teachers need to understand their learner variability and tailor support.

This edWebinar will help demystify special education in the general education setting. Amanda Morin, Associate Director, Thought Leadership and Expertise at Understood, and Kara Ball, Elementary Science and STEM Education Specialist with Baltimore City Public Schools, will explore:
Empathy and learner variability as the pillars of IEP implementation
IEPs themselves: the laws, definitions, and processes for teachers
Personal experiences of different learners

For many of the students who learn and think differently, an Individualized Education Program (IEP) serves as a roadmap for teachers to support their learning. It can illuminate their strengths, define interventions and accommodations they receive, and enable collaboration with families, experts, and students themselves. The IEP is powerful—but it can also be daunting for those not familiar with it.

This edWebinar will be of interest to preK-12 teachers, librarians, and school and district leaders. There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.