SMARTER Steps IEP Blog

Welcome to the SMARTER Steps® IEP Blog.

The Smarter Steps® IEP Blog allows parents and professionals the opportunity to discuss topics related to children with special needs. Check out the categories on the right side to search the Smarter Steps® IEP Blog topics or enter key words in the search bar. We welcome your blog comments and questions for discussion.

Focus Point 12: Defining Professionalism

Tune in to Focus Point Episode 12 while Kelly & Lara discuss the characteristics and qualities that define professionalism. What other characteristics would you add to this definition?

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Focus Point 11: Venting on Social Media

Tune in to Focus Point Episode 11 while Kelly and Lara discuss the negative professional consequences to venting on social media.

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Focus Point 10: Asking for Scores on Social Media Forums

Tune in to Focus Point Episode 10 while Kelly and Lara discuss the risks of asking for standardized scores from colleagues on social media. They highlight how knowing the risks can prevent ethical violations.

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Focus Point 9: Professional Lynching

Tune in to Focus Point Episode 9 while Kelly and Lara discuss how social media discussions can erroneously promote the erosion of colleague reputation and integrity.

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Focus Point 8: Social Media & Confidentiality

Tune in to Focus Point Episode 8 while Kelly and Lara discuss the complexity of social media and confidentiality issues. What concerns do you have with confidentiality while using online forums?

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S.M.A.R.T.E.R. Steps IEP Goal Development

SMARTER Steps IEP Goal Development:  The SMARTER method for IEP goal development was developed by Kelly Ott and Lara Wakefield. The SMART acronym was first coined by George Doran, Arthur Miller, and James Cunningham in 1981.  The November 1981 issue of Management Review included an article titled, “There’s a S.M.A.R.T. way to write management goals…

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Building A S.M.A.R.T.E.R. Future for Students with Disabilities

Building A S.M.A.R.T.E.R. Future for Students with Disabilities. Building a name and reputation as a caring and compassionate educator occurs spontaneously when you are truly client centered. This involves so much more than developing IEP goals or providing therapy services to students. It means, providing the therapy or instruction, ongoing analysis of student’s needs, counseling…

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Momentum for the Back-to-School Challenge

Momentum: READY… SET… GO! Momentum for a continuously positive school year! Even if you did not have access to a calendar, you can tell that the school year is fast approaching by watching social media discussions. The topics have a hint of excitement and show eagerness to get rooms, lesson plans, and theme ideas underway!…

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Amazing Surprises on the CEU Cruise to Alaska

Amazing Surprises on the CEU Cruise to Alaska I remember listening to instructors complain about attending our state and national conventions. Their complaints included the lack of intermediate and advanced trainings as well as the impeding cost of the conference. I remember thinking that I hope I never get so old and set in my…

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Speech Therapypd.com Hand-out Live Webinar 11-11-16

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