A Training Curriculum on IDEA 2004
Updated, January 2016
A legacy resource from NICHCY
The Building the Legacy / Construyendo el Legado training curriculum is intended to help all those involved with children with disabilities understand and implement the IDEA 2004, the nation’s special education law. The curriculum is organized according to five themes central to IDEA, with multiple training modules beneath each theme. The five themes are:
- A | Welcome to IDEA
- B | IDEA and General Education
- C | Evaluating Children for Disability
- D | The Individualized Education Program (IEP)
- E | Procedural Safeguards under IDEA 2004
Each individual module within each of these themes includes:
- a slideshow for trainers to use;
- a Trainer’s Guide explaining how the slides work as well as the content of the slides; and
- handouts for participants (available in English and in Spanish).
Building the Legacy/Construyendo el Legado was produced by NICHCY at the request of the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) at the U.S. Department of Education.
Construyendo el Legado | The Training Curriculum in Spanish
All handouts for participants are available in both Spanish and English. Slideshows for the following modules are, too: 1 (Top 10 basics), 6 (on EIS and RTI), 9 and 10 (on evaluation), 12-14 (on the IEP), and 17 (on procedural safeguards). This means that, even if the slideshow and Trainer’s Guide for a module are available only in English, trainers will have Spanish-language handouts that they can share with Spanish-speaking audience members, as need be.
The list below identifies the five central themes of Building the Legacy / Construyendo el Legado (indeed, of IDEA itself!) and the individual training modules under each. Modules available in English and Spanish are marked with a two asterisks in red (**).
Follow the links below to the modules and materials of your choice! That includes the Spanish materials, too (just follow the **).
Theme A: Welcome to IDEA | ¡Bienvenido a IDEA!
Take a broad look at IDEA 2004 with these 2 modules–the first welcomes newcomers to IDEA and the second identifies what’s different in the 2004 reauthorization of the law.
- Module 1 | Top 10 Basics of Special Education (**)
- Module 2 | Key Changes in the Law and Regulations
Theme B: IDEA and General Education | IDEA y la Educación General
See how IDEA aligns with No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and explore topics on general education and children with disabilities. January 2016 Editor’s note: NCLB was reauthorized in December 2015, bringing changes to IDEA itself.
- Module 5 | Disproportionality and Overrepresentation
- Module 6 | Early Intervening Services and Response to Intervention (**)
Module 7 | Highly Qualified Teachers(withdrawn | NCLB was reauthorized in 2015 and the definitions and requirements regarding highly qualified teachers have been deleted. This extends to the similar requirements that became part of IDEA in its 2004 reauthorization.
- Module 8 | NIMAS
Theme C: Evaluating Children for Disability | Las Evaluaciones Bajo IDEA
When children are struggling in school, the possibility exists that they may have a disability. The 3 modules in Theme C look at the evaluation process under IDEA, which is intended to determine if, indeed, there is a disability affecting a child’s school progress and, if so, whether the child needs special education and related services.
- Module 9 | Introduction to Evaluation (**)
- Module 10 | Initial Evaluation and Reevaluation (**)
- Module 11 | Identification of Children with Specific Learning Disabilities
Theme D: Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) | Los Programas Educativos Individualizados
The IEP is the cornerstone in the education of every child with a disability. Learn about everything IEP and more!
- Module 12 | The IEP Team: Who is a Member? (**)
- Module 13 | Content of the IEP (**)
- Module 14 | Meetings of the IEP Team (**)
- Module 15 | LRE Decision Making
- Module 16 | Children Enrolled by Their Parents in Private Schools
Theme E: Procedural Safeguards | Las Garantías Procesales
Prior written notice, informed written consent, access to records, just a few of the critical safeguards in IDEA for families and schools.
- Module 17 | Introduction to Procedural Safeguards (**)
- Module 18 | Options for Dispute Resolution
- Module 19 | IDEA’s Discipline Provisions
Need an Index?
Obviously, Building the Legacy covers a spectrum of topics related to special education, disability, and IDEA itself. If you’re wishing for an index to what topic is discussed where, we are pleased to provide one! (English only)
NICHCY is also pleased to make available two slide shows of 25 English quotes each for trainers to use as they see fit, such as before a training session while participants are coming into the room or during breaks. The quotes touch upon universal themes in our lives, such as children, families, the art of teaching, leadership, teamwork, love, and growth. The slides themselves feature vivid pictures of children, teachers, moms and dads, schools, and…well, you get the idea. We hope you (and your participants) enjoy viewing these slide shows of quotes as much as we enjoyed creating them.
Hallelujah! Building the Legacy / Construyendo el Legado is now finished!
How so, you might wonder, when Modules 3 and 4 are not available? The news is that those two modules have been postponed, pending reauthorization of NCLB. The 17 modules listed on this page finish out the curriculum for now.
—Important Thanks You’s—
This training curriculum would not be available without the support of the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). Not only did OSEP request that NICHCY develop a training curriculum on IDEA 2004, it also has provided incredible guidance and legal review of all content. OSEP staff have written many of the modules, attorneys at the Office of General Counsel have exhaustively reviewed all written materials for consistency with the statute and its implementing Part B regulations, and logistical, technical, and fiscal support has been provided. NICHCY would like to express its deep appreciation for OSEP’s dedication and commitment in making this product possible.
The names behind the training curriculum? Here they are.
OSEP Curriculum Coordinator: Deborah Morrow
NICHCY Curriculum Coordinator: Lisa Küpper
NICHCY’s Project Officer: Judy L. Shanley
Patty Guard, Deputy Director, OSEP
Director, Research to Practice Division, OSEP
Ruth Ryder, Director, Monitoring and State Improvement Planning Division, OSEP
OSEP Curriculum Workgroup
NICHCY Writers / Designers
Miguel S. González
Suzanne Ripley, Director
Carol Valdivieso, Principal Investigator
Office of General Counsel