Standards-Aligned IEPs: An Educators' Guide


3/5/2014 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

3/5/2014 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Wednesday, March 5
4-5 p.m. ET


The Common Core State Standards, with their emphasis on ensuring that all students are prepared for post-secondary education and career upon completion of high school, challenge special educators to help children with disabilities master the same academic content as their regular education peers. To this end, this webinar presents an overview of the programmatic backbone for a new approach: the Standards-Aligned IEP. You’ll hear about a process through which you can meet learners’ individual needs and facilitate their progress towards standard mastery by focusing on systematically on components from “Knowing Your Student” and “Creating Detailed Present Levels Statements” to “Developing Standards-Aligned IEP Goals.” The presenter shares lessons learned from implementing the Standards Aligned IEP process on local, district, and state levels in Maine.

Learner Outcomes:


After completing this program, you will be able to:

  • Identify, and describe the justification for, each stage of the suggested Standards-Aligned IEP development process
  • Develop individualized strategies to create Standards-Aligned IEPs
  • Access and use a variety of tools to facilitate efforts to create Standards-Aligned IEPs
  • Recognize and plan to avoid potential procedural roadblocks to implementation



Yates JessicaJessica Yates is Assistant Director of Special Education in Maine’s Regional School Unit #13. She received her B.A. in Environmental Studies and History from Bowdoin College, her M.S. in Marine Policy from the University of Maine, and her C.A.S. in Educational Leadership with a concentration in special education from the University of Southern Maine. She discovered her dedication to students with disabilities while working as a day treatment teacher for 7th and 8th grade students with emotional disabilities. Subsequently, as Assistant Director of Special Services in Maine School Administrative District #17, she worked with administrators and staff to integrate the Common Core State Standards into special education practices. She continued these efforts with RSU #13, and currently helps the district’s educators to create and implement CCSS-aligned IEPs. Jess has recently presented components of her work at the Maine Special Education Director’s Academy, the OSEP conference in Washington, D.C., and in multiple regions around the state.

Jess will present a half-day workshop on developing standards-aligned IEP goals on Wednesday, April 9, before the CEC Convention in Philadelphia. Find more information here.