OSEP Webinar – Resources for Teachers and Parents to Enhance the Continuity of Learning During COVID-19 for Children with Disabilities

The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is hosting a webinar on June 4, 2020:

Resources for Teachers and Parents to Enhance the Continuity of Learning During COVID-19 for Children with DisabilitiesAbout the Webinar

OSEP is hosting the first in a series of webinars focused on ready-to-use resources, tools, and practices from OSEP-funded grantees to support the educational, developmental, behavioral, and social/emotional needs of infants,  toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities through remote and distance learning.

With the extended school closures occurring across the country, many states, districts, and schools are now delivering instruction remotely while parents, families, and students are having to learn in entirely new ways and facing challenges when it comes to learning during these unprecedented times. It is important to provide continuity of learning and growth for all children and youth, particularly those with disabilities.

This webinar offers an opportunity to highlight free resources, targeted at various stakeholders, aimed at exploring potential strategies and innovative approaches to address the critical needs of students with disabilities during the COVID-19 era.

This webinar will take place on:

June 4, 2020
2:00–3:00 p.m. EDT

Improving how we support schools, teachers, families, and students with disabilities is critical in ensuring that all students with disabilities, who have been disproportionality impacted by the shift to remote and distance learning, have access to a high-quality education and services that fit their individualized needs.

Please join us on June 4, 2020!  Register for the event here.

Additional information will be posted on the OSEP IDEAs that Work COVID-19 Resource Page.


If you have any questions, please contact the Webinar Series planning team at osep-meeting@air.org.

Virtual Meetings: Strategies, Tips and Resources from CADRE

The Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE) is dedicated to supporting the prevention and resolution of special education disputes through partnership and collaboration and offers a vast array of products and services that are high quality, relevant, and useful to the field of dispute resolution in special education and early intervention.

Circumstances may prohibit participants from attending special education meetings in person. In these situations, technology allows one or all of the individuals to participate through the Internet or telephone. Many types of meetings can occur virtually, including IEP meetings, mediations, resolution sessions, and due process hearings. While each of these types of meetings is unique, virtual meetings share common traits and considerations. Here we have collected resources, tips and strategies for meaningfully participating in a virtual meeting.

Visit the website for useful resources, including videos and handouts, for holding virtual meetings.

Secretary DeVos Reiterates Learning Must Continue for All Students, Declines to Seek Congressional Waivers to FAPE, LRE Requirements of IDEA

WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today reaffirmed her long-held position that individualized education must take place for all students, including students with disabilities. As a result, the Secretary is not recommending Congress pass any additional waiver authority concerning the Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) and Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), reiterating that learning must continue for all students during the COVID-19 national emergency.

Read more here.

Hot Topic Series: Speech/Language Services (Session 1: Jan 30)

Session One – Defining types of services SLP, OT and PT’s provide

Professional Development:

  • For Related Service providers
  • Related Service providers to teachers/paras

Session Two – Caseloads and What to Know about Eligibility

How are decisions being made as to who is being qualified for services?
Is it consistent across buildings and programs?
Has your department discussed/agreed upon some guidelines for qualifying students?
Do your service providers consider the three prongs?
Does the support require the expertise of a related service provider – are they the only one that can provide the support?
How do you embed Related Services into general education and special education?

Session Three – Accountability

How are you monitoring caseloads?
SLPs – evals, case manager, re-evals
Progress Reporting?

Resources for Communicating with Parents

CADRE, the The Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education, has two new resources to support more collaborative and productive conversations between educators, administrators, and parents.

The updated Tale of Two Conversations is a two-part video series shows a parent of a child with a disability and a school administrator demonstrating poor communication skills and then provides the positive alternative. View the videos and study guide at https://www.cadreworks.org/resources/cadre-materials-state-resource/tale-two-conversations.

Considering Mediation for Special Education Disputes: A School Administrator’s Perspective is a pamphlet describing, from an administrators perspective, the benefits of participating in mediation to solve special education disputes between parents and educators.

Assistant Secretary Johnny Collett Leaving Department of Education

In a move that seemed to take everyone by surprise, Assistant Secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS) Johnny Collett announced his resignation as of today.  He has indicated that he is returning to Kentucky to spend more time with his family. Collett has served as the head of the agency since his 2017 nomination to the post.  Mark Shultz, who has been commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration since August, will take on the role as Assistant Secretary in an acting capacity.
Collett is known for his initiative to “rethink special education.” Read More

OSEP’s Effective Personnel for ALL: Attract, Prepare, Retain Initiative

Throughout the year, the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) has made a focused effort to support States in their work to address special education personnel shortages.  This effort has included a symposia series and other targeted activities.  Currently, OSEP is inviting the public share their  thoughts on how they can best support States in their work to Attract, Prepare, and Retain Effective Personnel. Sharing challenges and successes can make a difference for others facing similar challenges.

Comments can be posted to the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Blog with the comment period ending September 30, 2019.