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Blog: Spotlight on Special Education

Annette Hyde

Director of Special Education

Barb Pline

Special Education Consultant

Amy Pope

Special Education Consultant
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The Spotlight on Special Education blog breaks down the complexities of special education one post at at time.

The blog posts are based on the Iowa Special Education Procedural Manual. There may be additional district requirements that are not reflected in the posts.



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The core team is a multidisciplinary team made up of Special Education Consultants, School Social Workers, and School Psychologists with professional expertise to support students, schools, colleagues, families and community partners.  Core team staff are responsible for conducting child-find, supporting students and teachers of students receiving special education services, and supporting schools in the implementation of state initiatives.  



What We Do:

  • Child Find

  • Reevaluations

  • Attend Individual Education Plan (IEP) meetings

  • IEP support and compliance

  • Have knowledge of special education law and legal procedures

  • Specially Designed Instruction (SDI) coaching

  • Functional Behavior Assessment

  • Functional Academic Assessment

  • Training on special education topics

  • Support special education delivery 

  • Systems level support as relevant to special education work

  • Other duties as assigned


What We DON’T Do:

  • Diagnose students with specific disabilities

  • Prescribe medication or make medication recommendations

  • Make staffing decisions

  • Work primarily in the general education setting

Hot Topic:  Progress Monitoring

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As we moved toward spring semester remember the Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP) testing window is March 16, 2020 until May 15, 2020.  Each district determines the dates of testing within this window of time.  To ensure the student receives the accommodations the IEP team determined were necessary for standardized assessment, please take a minute to review the student’s IEP.  As a reminder we have provided the Accommodations and Accessibility Manual for ISASP.


For more information, please contact a member of your district navigator team or refer to our Specialized Service Team Directory.