Getting Started

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Partners in Education
Module 1 Getting Started-
Unit 1 Getting Started
Unit 2 How to Navigate the Course
Unit 3 Minimum System Requirements
Unit 4 Staying Safe on the Internet
Unit 5 Tips for Success
Unit 6 What You'll Learn in the Course
Unit 7 Overview of Eight Modules
Unit 8 Lessons, Assignments and Exercises
Unit 9 Extra Help Along the Way
Unit 10 Learning From Others
Unit 11 Certificate of Completion
Unit 12 Course Exams
Unit 13 Giving Credit Where Credit is Due
Module 2 History, Inclusion & 21st Century Digital Literacy+
Unit 1 History, Inclusion & 21st Century Digital Literacy
Unit 2 At a Minimum You Must...
Unit 3 Your Role in the Process
Unit 4 History of Education
Unit 5 Educating the Net Generation for the Future
Unit 6 How Students Use Technology
Unit 7 Growth in the Use of Technology in Schools
Unit 8 Adding the Four Cs
Unit 9 Exercise: Exploring the Future of Education
Unit 10 21st Century Education in Practice
Unit 11 Exercise: What Does a 21st Century Education Look Like?
Unit 12 Parents Must Understand Technology
Unit 13 How You Can Help
Unit 14 Evaluating Your School's Technology
Unit 15 Preparing for Work in the 21st Century
Unit 16 General, Special and Inclusive Education
Unit 17 General, Special and Inclusive Education: The General Education Model
Unit 18 General, Special and Inclusive Education: The Special Education Model
Unit 19 General, Special and Inclusive Education: The Inclusive Model
Unit 20 Inclusion Benefits Everyone
Unit 21 The Importance of Developing Soft Skills
Unit 22 Using Technology to Support Inclusion
Unit 23 The Special Education Process Under IDEA 2004
Unit 24 Module Conclusion
Module 3 Know the Laws, Know Your Rights+
Unit 1 Know the Laws, Know Your Rights
Unit 2 Exercise: Acronym ABCs
Unit 3 Acronym ABCs Answer Key
Unit 4 The Special Education Process Under IDEA 2004
Unit 5 Individuals With Disabilities Education Act of 2004
Unit 6 Individuals With Disabilities Education Act of 2004: The Eight Parts of IDEA
Unit 7 Individuals With Disabilities Education Act of 2004: Six Rights Under IDEA
Unit 8 Assignment: Getting to Know IDEA 2004
Unit 9 Assignment: My State's Special Education Laws
Unit 10 The Different Educational Plans
Unit 11 The Alphabet Soup of Plan Types
Unit 12 No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (P.L. 107-11)
Unit 13 Americans with Disabilities Act (P.L. 101-336)
Unit 14 Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (P.L. 93-380)
Unit 15 Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (P.L. 93-112)
Unit 16 Keeping Informed
Unit 17 Exercise: Do You Know the Law?
Unit 18 Exercise: Do You Know the Law? Answer Key
Unit 19 Module Conclusion
Unit 20 Exam #1
Unit 21 Exam #1: Answer Key
Module 4 Evaluation & Eligibility+
Unit 1 Evaluation and Eligibility
Unit 2 The Evaluation - Requirement 1: Screening
Unit 3 The Evaluation - Requirement 2: Collecting More Information
Unit 4 The Evaluation - Requirement 3: Determining Eligibility
Unit 5 Assignment: Observing Your Child
Unit 6 Assignment: How My Child Learns
Unit 7 Exercise: Recognizing Your Child's Abilities, Gifts and Interests
Unit 8 If Public Education Isn't Right for Your Child
Unit 9 Other Educational Options
Unit 10 Module Conclusion
Module 5 The IEP Process+
Unit 1 The IEP Process
Unit 2 Assignment: Dream Big, Start Small
Unit 3 Overview of the IEP Process
Unit 4 Planning for Future Employment
Unit 5 Ten Essential Elements of an IEP #1: Present Levels of Academic and Functional Performance
Unit 6 Ten Essential Elements of an IEP #2: Annual Goals and Short-Term Objectives
Unit 7 Ten Essential Elements of an IEP #3: Measuring Progress
Unit 8 Ten Essential Elements of an IEP #4: Services and Supports
Unit 9 Ten Essential Elements of an IEP #5: Inclusion
Unit 10 Ten Essential Elements of an IEP #6: Modifications and Accommodations
Unit 11 Ten Essential Elements of an IEP #7: Location and Duration
Unit 12 Ten Essential Elements of an IEP #8: Process for Reporting Progress
Unit 13 Ten Essential Elements of an IEP #9: Transition Services
Unit 14 Ten Essential Elements of an IEP #10: The Age of Majority
Unit 15 Assignment: Learning Your School's IEP Process
Unit 16 When and Where - Your Child's Placement
Unit 17 Before the IEP Meeting
Unit 18 During the IEP Meeting
Unit 19 End of the IEP Meeting
Unit 20 Module Conclusion
Module 6 What Happens Next+
Unit 1 What Happens Next
Unit 2 Signing the IEP
Unit 3 Signing the IEP: To Sign or Not to Sign
Unit 4 Services Provided
Unit 5 Monitoring the IEP
Unit 6 Keep Good Records
Unit 7 Reviewing and Revising the IEP
Unit 8 The Annual Review Process
Unit 9 Conclusion
Unit 10 Exam #2
Unit 11 Exam #2: Answer Key
Module 7 When Things Aren't Working+
Unit 1 When Things Aren't Working
Unit 2 Creating a Collaborative Team
Unit 3 Asserting Your Rights
Unit 4 Assignment: Test Your AQ
Unit 5 Time to Escalate
Unit 6 Your "Due Process" Options
Unit 7 Thinking Outside the Box
Unit 8 Module Conclusion
Unit 9 Exam #3
Unit 10 Exam #3: Answer Key
Module 8 Course Conclusion+
Unit 1 Course Conclusion
Unit 2 Course Conclusion: Other Parents
Unit 3 Course Conclusion: Circle of Friends
Unit 4 Course Conclusion: Local School Districts
Unit 5 Course Conclusion: Resources for Future Employment
Unit 6 Course Conclusion: State Department of Education
Unit 7 Course Conclusion: Parent Groups Affiliated with Your Child's Specific Disability
Unit 8 Course Conclusion: Parent-to-Parent Advocacy Groups
Unit 9 Course Conclusion: Partners in Policymaking®
Unit 10 Assignment: Managing Your Contacts
Unit 11 Your Part in History
Unit 12 Partners in Education Feedback
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