Tuesday, August 3, 2021 - Indiana’s SEL Competencies: Revised to Address Inequities and Empower All

The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) partnered with Butler University, CASEL, and a group of stakeholders to develop the PK-12 Social- Emotional Learning Competencies and indicators for Indiana. IDOE realized that the SEL competencies could be more explicit about how SEL can advance educational equity. Social justice concerns and recent human rights movements (BLM, Me Too, etc.) have made educators more aware that effective social and emotional learning requires difficult conversations about equity and systemic injustice. IDOE partnered with Region 8, CASEL, and CISELS to bring together a group of stakeholders to examine and review the current PK-12 IDOE SEL competencies and indicators from an educational equity and culturally responsive lens to ensure they are explicit about how SEL can advance educational equity in social and emotional learning. This stakeholder group was put together to center the voices of content experts and community members to provide suggestions for revisions of competencies and indicators to reflect a greater focus on educational equity and culturally responsiveness.  This presentation will review the SEL updates and the process used to create those updates.

Tuesday, August 17, 2021 -Meet Dawn McGrath, EdD, IN*SOURCE Executive Director

Tuesday, September 7 - Special Education 101

This session provides a brief overview of the special education process with an emphasis on the parent's role in the process, dispute resolution options for parents, and the importance of building good relationships.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021 - Preparing for Your Child's Special Education Case Conference

Case conferences can be confusing and stressful for parents. This session helps parents identify issues of concern, organize documents, prepare information, and communicate effectively during the case conference. This class will help parents become their child's best advocate and build positive relationships with school personnel.

Tuesday, October 5, Tips for Improving Case Conferences 

This webinar will provide tips and strategies for improving case conferences for students with disabilities. Specific strategies will be shared that parents and school staff can use to increase transparency and promote a collaborative spirit among team members. Additional resources will be shared for handling challenging or complicated meetings. The webinar will be presented by Dr. Angela McKinney from the Indiana IEP Resource Center.

Tuesday, October 19, Bullying Prevention:  Everyone's Responsibility-What Parents Can Do

This informational workshop is designed to review Indiana’s definition of bullying for all students and school requirements for investigating and reporting bullying incidents.  Types and dynamics of bullying will be discussed as well as how parents can report suspected bullying incidents and specific steps to help their children address this issue. Special consideration will be given to the bullying of students with disabilities with resources for showing how it may be addressed in a student’s IEP or Section 504 plan.

Tuesday, November 2, The Facilitated IEP Services

This webinar describes the Facilitated IEP process that is available from the Indiana IEP Resource Center. Information will include a description, benefits of using the process, situations where using FIEP might be appropriate, and details on how to request this free service. Presented by Dr. Angela McKinney with the Indiana IEP Resource Center.