Exceptional Learner
What You'll Learn

You will learn how to navigate federal policy, create functional behavior plans, collaborate with stakeholders and use universal design principals to create accessible lessons for all students.

Who Should Apply
  • K12 Educators
  • Art Teachers
  • Music Teachers
  • Specialists
  • Early Career Educators
  • Mid Career Educators
  • Veteran Educators
  • Educational Support Professionals
Approximate hours each
This stack is meant to help all educators support exceptional students in their classroom. The focus of this stack is collaboration with stakeholders, understanding federal policies and providing support to students with exceptional needs.
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Exceptional Learner: 1. IEP Implementation-Communication and Collaboration
Educator, as a member of the Individual Education Program (IEP) implementation team, uses communication and collaboration strategies to increase the supports for student attainment of established goals.
Types of Evidence Required: Communication and Collaboration Plan, Documentation over 20-30 days, and Feedback from attending an IEP meeting

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StartNEA_EL1Exceptional Learner1. IEP Implementation-Communication and Collaboration

Exceptional Learner: 2. Understanding the IEP Process
Educator uses district policy, state regulations, and federal law to understand Individualized Educational Programs (IEP), goal writing, and implementing instructional supports for learners with IEPs.
Types of Evidence Required: IEP-Present Level, Analysis, SMART Goals, Accomidations, and an Analysis of an IEP Meeting

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StartNEA_EL2Exceptional Learner2. Understanding the IEP Process

Exceptional Learner: 3. Functional Behavior Assessment and Intervention Plans
Educator understands the purpose and utilization of Functional Behavioral Assessments and Behavior Intervention Plans.
Types of Evidence Required: Functional Behavior Plan, and Case Study

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StartNEA_EL3Exceptional Learner3. Functional Behavior Assessment and Intervention Plans

Exceptional Learner: 4. IDEA- Determining Eligibility
Educator demonstrates an understanding of the connection between laws, regulations, policies, and procedures at the federal, state, and local levels and the process used to determine eligibility for special education and related services.
Types of Evidence Required: Comparison Chart, Informational Pamphlet, and Presentation

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StartNEA_EL4Exceptional Learner4. IDEA- Determining Eligibility

Exceptional Learner: 5. Working with Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Educator addresses the needs of students identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder and works collaboratively with stakeholders to provide quality instruction and support transition needs.
Types of Evidence Required: ABC Chart, Survey, and Learning Plan

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StartNEA_EL5Exceptional Learner5. Working with Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Exceptional Learner: 6. Introduction to Universal Design and Learning
Educator uses the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) guidelines and checkpoints to enhance their unit of study planning to reduce barriers to learning and support all students to become expert learners.
Types of Evidence Required: Analysis of Current UDL Implementation, Enhanced Unit of Study, and a Wrtitten Rationale

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StartNEA_EL6Exceptional Learner6. Introduction to Universal Design and Learning