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Kelly Ott and Lara Wakefield, the dynamic duo behind SMARTER Steps, a simple acronym that makes IEP and Health Care goal setting actionable and attainable....read more
Annual IEP goals determine which services will be implemented to support the student’s progress during the school year. If those goals can’t be easily measured, how will the team know if the student met them? The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)...read more
A Tennessee school district has been ordered to pay $103,274 to reimburse the family of a student with Down Syndrome for the cost of private school tuition and tutoring. The District Court ruling follows a decision by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals that the Hamilton...read more
If you’re an IEP team member, you already know that IEP goals drive everything to help students with disabilities. The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Endrew vs. Douglas County School District stated that IEP goals must be “appropriately ambitious.” Now,...read more
The parent who tries to start a dialogue about their child’s reading challenges often finds that legal and medical jargon get in the way. Parents who are accustomed to using the word “dyslexia” to describe their child’s learning disability may become...read more
Creating IEP Goals: 3 Tips to Get Started We want your school year to begin on the right foot! As each IEP is annually reviewed, begin to develop S.M.A.R.T.E.R goals for your students. Tips on updating specific features are available throughout the...read more
Tune in as Kelly and Lara discuss how difficult it can be for parents to share pertinent information with teachers. Learn ways to help them communicate the positive strengths and abilities of their child. SUBSCRIBE TO VIEW OUR FREE WEBINAR "HOW TO SAVE TIME AND...read more
Listen as Kelly and Lara reminisce on their graduate training related to writing goals. Laugh with them as they share their experiences and reflect on best practices. SUBSCRIBE TO VIEW OUR FREE WEBINAR "HOW TO SAVE TIME AND DEVELOP LEGALLY COMPLIANT IEP GOALS" “How to...read more
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