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Special Education Essentials: Supporting Every Student

Special Education Essentials: Supporting Every Student
November 8, 2023 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM EST
Attributes English-Language Learners (ELL), Students with Disabilities
Grade Level PreK, Grades K-12, Professional Development


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Why was there a need to create a federal law to safeguard the rights of students with disabilities? How do teachers and other school personnel ensure students are receiving a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment? If you want to know the answers to these questions and others, join the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and Share My Lesson for this essential webinar on special education, where we will delve into the critical foundations and practices that shape the education of students with disabilities.

In the United States, the establishment of federal laws to protect the education rights of students with disabilities was prompted by a history of exclusion and neglect. The compelling need for such legislation became evident as students with disabilities faced numerous barriers to accessing high-quality education. This webinar will explore the historical context and pivotal moments that led to the enactment of federal laws, such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which ensure students with disabilities receive an equitable education.

Our expert presenters will guide you through the legal responsibilities outlined by the federal government, shedding light on the essential components of special education services and how they are delivered. You'll gain a comprehensive understanding of the safeguards in place to protect the rights and dignity of students with disabilities.

Moreover, this first webinar in a series of four webinars will dive into practical strategies and approaches that teachers and other school personnel can employ to create an inclusive and supportive learning environment. Discover how to meet the unique needs of students with disabilities while fostering an atmosphere of diversity, equity and inclusion within your school community.

By participating in this webinar, you'll not only gain valuable insights into the legal framework of special education but also acquire actionable knowledge to make a positive impact on the lives of students with disabilities. Join us in our commitment to providing every student with the resources and environment needed to unlock their full potential. Together, we can build a more inclusive and equitable educational landscape for all. Register now.

Professional Credit

Available for one-hour of PD credit. A certificate of completion will be available for download at the end of your session that you can submit for your school's or district's approval.

Share My Lesson is a New York State Education Department-approved provider for Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) requirements, an Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) approved professional development provider, and a Texas Education Agency (TEA) approved professional development provider.


Elaine Bernal, special education teacher, Oak Lawn, Ill.

Lia Council, special education teacher, Yonkers, N.Y.

Jen Emrich, special education teacher, Langhorne, Pa.

Candice Pettus, special education teacher, Washington, D.C.



IDEA Webinar I.pdf

November 8, 2023
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