STEP Webinars

Wed 1/22/2020

Webinar Series: Families and Schools Together (FAST): Increasing Student Success Through Partnership

Location: Online
Time(s): 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM ET
Calendar: STEP Webinars

STEP-TN announces a new Webinar Series: Families and Schools Together (FAST): Increasing Student Success Through Partnership. The series consists of three webinars, each of which will be recorded and archived for those who are unable to attend.

All webinars are 12:30-1:30 p.m. EDT. Additional details are listed below.  

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  • October 22 - Identifying Each Student's Strengths and Needs

    Effectively communicating your child’s areas of strength and their unique needs sets the stage for children and youth with disabilities to be successful in school. STEP will provide tools families can use to provide important information about their child to teachers. These tools can also be used by teachers to gather this information from families.
  • November 19 - Hearing the Families' Voice - Parent Concerns as a Priority 

    Understanding the concerns of families related to the child’s education is an important part of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process. This webinar will focus on how families can effectively share their concerns and also strategies for IEP teams to respond to parent concerns.
  • January 22 - Supporting Students in their Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)

    Students with disabilities are to receive education in their least restrictive environment, which means that students should participate with their non-disabled peers to the greatest extent appropriate. This webinar will look at child, family, and curriculum considerations to consider as the IEP team discusses the individual needs of each child related to supports and services to ensure student success in their LRE.

Tue 2/11/2020

STEP's Lunchtime Leaders Webinar: What Does Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) Really Means?

Location: Online
Time(s): 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM ET
Calendar: STEP Webinars


Least Restrictive Environment, LRE, is an important charge of the IEP team. But what exactly is LRE and how do we know what to choose? This webinar will explore the intent of LRE and critical questions for IEP teams to consider in order to confidently determine a student’s LRE.

Presenter:  Alison A. Gauld, Low Incidence and Autism Coordinator, TN Dept. of Education, Division of Special Populations and Student Support

Alison A. Gauld joined the Tennessee Department of Education as the Low Incidence and Autism Coordinator for Special Populations in January 2014.  She taught special education for children with low incidence disabilities within the public schools for over 20 years, most recently, students with significant disabilities within the public school setting in Colorado. She created programs for individual student needs and collaborated with a variety of services, itinerant support personnel, and general education teachers to ensure students received both instruction and intervention in their least restrictive environment (LRE). Alison’s work reflects her strong belief that all students can and will achieve.

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