Reshaping Special Education: Creation Connections to Curriculum through IEPs

Over the years, IEPs have evolved into documents that too often contain little useful information about how a student is progressing in the general education curriculum. Meanwhile, they have become burdensome to write and a few too many classroom teachers regard them as irrelevant.

Participants will explore the implications for accessing the general education curriculum for students with disabilities. Participants will focus on the use of data and curriculum standards to guide decisions throughout the IEP process including:

• Determining present levels of performance;
• Establishing challenging and measurable goals and benchmarks; and
• Progress monitoring of IEPs.

Participants will learn how to identify relevant sources of educational data in order to develop IEPs, identify a variety of progress monitoring strategies, develop relevant student profiles, and articulate the impact of disability in ways that enhance the classroom teacher’s ability to support a student. Finally, participants will learn how to establish baseline information for present levels of academic achievement and functional performance, project the progress a student is expected to achieve in a year, write measurable goals that address academic, behavioral, related service and/or transition issues, and develop criteria for assessing educational benefit.

Please bring an IEP with you to use in workshop activities. 

About the Presenter: Carol Kosnitsky is the nationally recognized and popular author of IEP Goals That Make a Difference: An Administrator’s Guide to Improving the Process (2018, LRP Publications). This book is used widely by teachers as well as administrators. As a distinguished special education consultant with more than 35 years in the field, Carol provides consultation and professional development services across the country, traveling from her home base in New England.

How to Enroll: Visit Reshaping Special Education: Creating Connections to Curriculum through IEPs on the Professional Learning website

Danielson Framework for Effective Teaching in Practice Webinar #4 – Professional Responsibility

Join Kathleen Dent for our series of four webinars that will include: case study; collaborative conversations; setting up observation process; setting collaborative cycle; goal setting with staff once a quarter on implementing the Danielson Framework in schools.

Webinar #4 – Professional Responsibility will examine the components of Domain 4 and discuss the elements that build professionalism and collegiality. Examine evidence to determine levels of performance in these crucial components. Discuss the artifacts of Domain 4 and set goals for ending the year on a positive note and teeing up the next year for success. Examine resources for book study to grow your practice and build your competence in professional growth and conversations.

You can register for one of the webinars or for the whole series. Other dates for the series are:

September 27, 2018 – Webinar #1: Planning and Preparation
November 15, 2018 – Webinar #2: The Classroom Environment
February 21, 2019 – Webinar #3 – Instruction.

Registration is $40 each or $130 for the series. Please register at the Western Montana Professional Learning Collaborative’s website to attend.

1 hour webinar—all at 3:30-4:30 p.m.
A clickable link will be sent prior to the webinar.
1 OPI renewal unit available for each webinar
Course Number: 18544403

For more information, contact Daisy Carlsmith at 406-529-1113 or email

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