Take your Advocacy Skills to the next level with just 12 One Day Classes.

The National Special Education Advocacy Institute, NSEAI, has been offering  BCEA™ trainings since 2008. They offered the first and the only national Board Certified Education Advocate program. This nationally recognized program is available for the benefit of parents & leaders in the education advocacy field, such as yourself.  



CLASS  TITLE:            300 – Proactive IEP Preparation  

DURATION:          19.73 hours

Lecture 8.73  hours in 23 videos with out of class assignments of 11.00 hours
Academic institutions may accept 1.97 quarter credit hours or a no-credit / non-certification grade per course.

This is the third of 12 classes in a National Special Education Advocacy Training NSEAT™ program. It may stand-alone or be combined with the full 12-class program as the education prerequisite to the NSEAI Board Certified Education Advocate™ application. This class was developed as a collegiate level course.

This course provides a broad introduction to proactive advocacy IEP preparation.  This information and skills taught will make the difference between a legally sufficient IEP and an IEP that will produce positive outcomes and educational progress for a student. What an IEP is, it’s purpose, and stages of development will be reviewed.  A free and appropriate education will be defined. Eligibility for special education, consent to evaluation and, key components of the ER/RR will be outlined. Types of assessments, what evaluations are used for and the only 4 reasons you can disagree with an evaluation will be discussed. Preparation for the IEP meeting, preparing the student to participate in the IEP meeting, and what to bring to the meeting will be reviewed, as well as issues with collaboration, documentation, agendas, roles and responsibilities and excusal of team members.   

Present level of achievement, educational needs, measurable goal components, measurable progress monitoring, educational benefit, SDI development, related services, supports to school personnel, placement options / LRE and secondary transitional needs will be discussed in detail. IEP follow up letters and communication will be outlined.   This course is designed to expand parental and professional education advocacy skills with a broad knowledge base related to effective proactive IEP preparation.

This course provides information to students with disabilities, parents of children with disabilities, educators, lawyers, paralegals, state and federal agencies and related service providers on IEP preparation skills and techniques that are child and outcome focused.

IEP Preparation
The IEP process has five stages:
Purpose of IEP development
FAPE defined
Key components of the ER/RR and IEP
State and District Assessments
What are evaluations used for?
Type of Testing:
Why would you disagree with an evaluation?
Consent to Evaluation
IEP Collaboration and Documentation
IEP Team- roles and responsibilities
Excusal of Team Members
Present Level of Achievement
Educational Need (skill set) Identification
Define Measurable Goal components
Educational Benefit
Define SDI development 
Related Services and why
Supports to school personnel
Placement Options,
Secondary Transitional Needs /Goals and Services
Post IEP follow up

After completing the program, participants will:
•    Identify the 5 stages of the IEP process
•    Understand what is a FAPE
•    Identify key components of an ER/RR and IEP and SDI development
•    Understand what a PLA is and an educational Area of Need
•    Identify related services and supports to school personnel




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