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May 7, 2019
Dynamic Duo behind SMARTER Steps to IEP Goals: Xceptional Leaders Podcast

Kelly Ott and Lara Wakefield, the Dynamic Duo Behind SMARTER Steps®, a Simple Acronym That Makes IEP Goal Setting Actionable and Attainable Listen Now! Coming together with a wealth of individual expertise and professional experiences, Kelly Ott and Lara Wakefield share their journey of their successful partnership as business partners, and … friends. Although they […]

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October 4, 2017
Focus Point 4: What Happened to Mentoring?

Kelly Ott and Lara Wakefield, from SMARTER Steps discuss a growing concern they have in the field of special education and related services: the lack of quality mentoring available to new practitioners. Kelly and Lara have noticed a trend with new special educators and related services providers. These new practitioners are expressing concern that they […]

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September 30, 2017
Focus Point 3: Neuroplasticity

Is neuroplasticity of the brain a pseudo-science?   If you look at the facts alone, neuroplasticity is well-documented in neuroscience research.  In the past, people thought the brain was in a form of stasis, not changing and rooted in its connections. When neuroplasticity was first proposed, it was not widely accepted. Neuroplasticity means the brain […]

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August 25, 2017
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 and published in 2016. 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 […]

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November 7, 2016
"More Therapy" versus "Relationship of Delivery to Outcome"

More Therapy versus Relationship of Delivery to Outcome The outcome of therapy relies on more than the amount of therapy minutes provided. “More therapy” versus “relationship of delivery to outcome” has been a popular topic on social media professional discussion groups. Regrettably, this is a dilemma that comes up often in school based practices. During IEP […]

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March 6, 2016
How to Write Specific IEP Goals: Part 1 from S.M.A.R.T.E.R. Steps®

How To Write Specific IEP Goals: Part 1  by Kelly Ott, MHS, MEd, and Lara Wakefield, PhD from S.M.A.R.T.E.R. Steps®, LLC (The following is an excerpt from the SMARTER Steps to IEP Goals webinars from the SMARTER Steps membership site): When thinking about the Specific part of the S.M.A.R.T.E.R. Steps IEP Goal acronym, we need […]

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November 30, 2015
13 Federal Mandates for IEP Goal Development

13 Federal Mandates for IEP Goal Development Can you specifically name each federal mandate related to creating IEP goals? Did you receive specific training to learn these mandates during graduate school or during practicums? Do you remember all the regulations and the history of their development? If not, here is a free resource to help […]

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