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2017 Workshop Series

2017 Fall Workshop Series

Professional Development Hours Available 







September 9


What Is  Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate IEP?

Sara Jozwik, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Illinois State University

With the increasing population of students who are English Learners and who

are identified as in need of special education, it is critical that the IEP team

members understand how to write appropriate IEPs for our English Learners.


Illinois State University, Normal

551 DeGarmo Hall

250 S. University Street

Normal, IL 61761

September 16

Legal Issues re: Students with Learning Disabilities and their IEPs

Matt Cohen, Attorney at Law

How do IEP team members write relevant and appropriate IEPs for students

 with learning disabilities. What are some of the common mistakes in writing

IEPS that have been found in the courts. Come to learn about what you, as an

IEP team participant, need to know about crafting a meaningful IEP.


Saint Xavier University

4th floor Boardroom

3700 W. 103rd St.Chicago,IL


September 23

Navigating the IEP Process-Guidance for Parents and Teachers

Kathleen Loftus, Ed.D., Adjunct Professor, NEIU

Steven Glink, Attorney at Law

This workshop focuses on the critical components of the IEP meeting, including what needs to be included, what teachers should

 know, what parents should ask, and what happens if you don't agree with the decision of the other IEP team members.

 Also included are some components of the Transition Plan meeting for graduating high school students with IEPs.


NEIU is co-sponsoring this


Northeastern Illinois University

Lech Walesa Hall

5500 N. St. Louis

Chicago,IL 60625


October 14


Why Kids Hate School: ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, How to Approach Students Who Don't Want to Be in Your Class.

Mike Viles, IL CEC Clarissa Hug Special Education Teacher of the Year

This Workshop focuses on reluctant learners and why they don't want to come to school.

It also will provide a whole array of strategies for working with

students who don't want to come to school How do you get them to come to

school and how do you keep them there?

Saint Xavier University

4th floor Boardroom

3700 W. 103rd St. Chicago,IL


October   21


 Putting the Bite in the BIP: Writing Effective Behavior Intervention Plans

Bev Johns, Professional Fellow, MacMurray College

This session is a must for all IEP team members working with students whose 

behavior interferes with learning. How do you choose which behaviors to

focus on, how do you assess those behaviors, how do you write appropriate

present levels and goals pertaining to behavior, and how do you write an

effective and positive behavior intervention plan (BIP).

Saint Xavier University 

4th floor Boardroom

3700 W. 103rd St. Chicago,IL


November 18


The Power Trio for English Learners with Disabilities

Meg Carroll, Ed.D. Saint Xavier University

When considering the needs of students who are English Learners, how do

parents, educators, and members of the community work together to meet the 

students' needs? Practical suggestions and resources


Saint Xavier University

4th floor Boardroom

3700 W.103rd St. Chicago,IL


Registration: 8:30a.m. to 9:00a.m.  Workshop: 9:00a.m. to 12:00 noon

Registration Fees: Educators, $40 for members and $50 for non-members.  

Students = $25

Parents (not a teacher and not seeking professional development credit)= $25 for members and $35 for non-members.

  ***Parent Scholarships for membership and  to attend workshops for free are available through the Janet Lerner Memorial Scholarship*** Contact the LDA office.

 Registration on-site additional $10 per workshop  Refund Policy= registration fee less $20 if cancelled 10 days prior to workshop. No other refunds will be made.

*** New for this year: Special Educators who bring a General Educator with them receive a 50% discount on their registration***

Registration fee covers the cost of handouts and continental breakfast. 

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