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Teachers are seeing more and more students with disabilities in their classes all the time. The laws and expectations of how school districts are to educate these students is complex and complicated. General education teachers need to understand the basics of special education and their critical role in the process. The problem is general classroom teachers often do not have the training to understand all that is required when educating students who have disabilities.
The laws that most significantly impact students' with disabilities educational program are the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. These laws are interpreted based on the individual needs of the student and can be difficult to implement. Join David F. Bateman and Jenifer L. Cline, authors of the new ASCD book A Teacher’s Guide to Special Education, in an engaging webinar where teachers will gain a basic overview of the expectations and intent of the law, an understanding of their role in the process, and some tools to help them be strong members of a student’s special education or 504 team.
David F. Bateman Professor Department of Educational Leadership and Special Education, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
David F. Bateman is a professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Special Education at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches courses about learning disabilities, special education, and special education law to future teachers and administrators. Bateman has been a classroom teacher of students with learning disabilities, behavior disorders, intellectual disabilities, and hearing impairments.
Jenifer L. Cline Special education administrator Great Falls Public Schools
Jenifer L. Cline is a special education administrator in Great Falls Public Schools in Great Falls, Montana. She has practiced speech pathology in a variety of schools and has worked as a special education administrator for the last 10 years as both the special education director of a special education cooperative and as a district-level special education administrator.