Professional Development

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 
Helen Deranian, Grants & Professional Development
Contact: 978.685.3000 ext. 1019

Special Education Leaders’ Group (VIRTUAL)
CREST’s ongoing series of leadership meetings designed for district-wide special education directors and team Chairpersons, continued bi-monthly, led by Facilitator, Nadine Ekstrom, retired Administrator of Special Education. Discussion topics provided ISERS collective feedback directly to DESE, reviewed high leverage practices and on-line resources for remote learning, as well as best practices for initiating and sustaining meaningful change in special education students’ growth and achievement.
  • The Special Education Leaders’ Group will be virtual, with a total of five meetings, each from 1:00 – 2:30, led by Nadine Ekstrom. Confirmed Dates: 10/18, 12/6, 1/31, 3/7, and 5/2
2021 ETL Bootcamp, led by Facilitator, Sharon Stewart, retired Administrator of Special Education.
ETL Bootcamp Seminar Series is for ETL’s new to the role.
ALL Seminars are to be held at the CREST campus, 20 Shattuck Road, Andover, MA 01810 (unless otherwise stated).
ETLs are to enroll in the entire series; this is NOT a “pick and choose” your topics program.
10 PDPs will be awarded to participants at the end of the final session.
  • Dates are to be held on Thursdays, 3:00-5:00 pm, 9/30, 10/14, 10/28, *Via Zoom 11/18, 12/2
EVALUATION and ELIGIBILITY THURSDAY, 9/30, 3:00-5:00
-Getting it Right and Understanding your responsibility
-WHY this is a FAPE issue
-Underlying IDEA principles
IEP DEVELOPMENT and PLACEMENT THURSDAY, 10/14, 3:00-5:00
-Why this is so important
-What does a well-written IEP look like?
-Aligning Placement with IEP goals; focus on PL type
-How to ensure staff adhere to established guidelines
GUIDING the TEAM THURSDAY, 10/28, 3:00-5:00
-Before, During, and After the IEP meeting
-Stay in your lane
-Pre-determination dangers
-Email content, “Do’s and Don’ts”
CONFLICT (via ZOOM) THURSDAY, 11/18, 3:00-5:00
-Why this can be helpful, and how to handle certain situations in a team meeting
-Inter-disciplinary views are important
-What to do when a Team member ‘goes rogue’
-Norms for Team meetings
-What to do when an advocate or attorney ‘takes over’ the team meeting
– BSEA, understanding the various dispute resolution options
– What happens when a Hearing Request is filed
– Preparing for ‘Discovery’ and ‘Interrogatories”
RECORD KEEPING THURSDAY, 12/2, 3:00-5:00
-Details matter
-Writing solid N1s and N2s
-What is part of the official Student Record
-What must be produced as a part of the ‘discovery’ request
-What data is needed to complete a Circuit Breaker Claim