Starting photo in Module 2's slideshow.

Change always comes bearing gifts.


by Lisa Küpper and Theresa Rebhorn
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)

  • English only slideshow
  • Handouts for Participants in both English and Spanish

June 2007

Module 2 is designed for audiences who are familiar with earlier versions of IDEA and who would like to know what changes were made in its reauthorization in 2004. With these training materials, you can learn about and give trainings that include what’s changed in:

  • IDEA’s definitions
  • the evaluation process under IDEA
  • the IEP process
  • IDEA’s disciplinary provisions
  • much more.

Module 2 is available in English only (except for its handouts, which are available in both English and Spanish), as you’ll see below. It includes:

  • a slideshow presentation;
  • a Trainer’s Guide; and
  • handouts for participants.

Please do help yourself below, and download the components you need to learn on your own and/or to train others in what’s changed from IDEA 1997 to IDEA 2004.

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Component #1: The Slideshow

Here’s a presentation of 35 full-color slides (English only) to guide your discussion with audiences about changes in IDEA as a result of its reauthorization in 2004. (Zip folder)

Component #2: Trainer’s Guide

Find out how the slideshow presentation operates. Also find detailed explanations of the content of each slide. (If you have a slower Internet connection and want to download the PDF version of the Trainer’s Guide, try our “for slower connections” page with the Trainer’s Guide for Module 2 broken into parts.)

Component #3:  Handouts for Participants

Module 2 falls under Theme A, Welcome to IDEA, for which handouts in English and Spanish are available. If you previously downloaded Module 1’s handouts, you already have what you need for Module 2 (provided you’re still working in the same language!) and don’t need to download the handouts again.

If you do need to download the handouts for Theme A, here they are in two different formats and two different languages:

English Handouts, Theme A

Spanish Handouts, Theme A

Note about the Spanish Translations:
In preparing the handouts in Spanish, NICHCY has chosen to use a certain vocabulary set for the terminology most frequently used in IDEA. IDEA itself is extremely and purposefully consistent about its terminology, and we felt it critical to do the same in Spanish. However, we fully recognize that there are many ways to say the same thing, and Spanish is rich with alternatives from country to country, region to region. So we’ve also prepared a glossary of the terminology used in IDEA, how we’ve rendered that terminology in Spanish, and other ways of rendering it that families may also hear. Share this with participants as you see fit or use it to guide your own translations. The glossary of terminology is available in two formats, PDF and Word:

There! You have all you need for Module 2.

Please remember that these materials are designed to be thorough and authoritative sources of info on IDEA 2004. That is why they are so detailed. As a trainer, you are free to adapt the info we’ve offered to serve the purposes and needs of your audiences and the amount of time you have to spend with them.

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Quick-Jump Menu to Other Modules
1: Top 10 Basics of Special Education
2: Key Changes in Part B of IDEA (You’re already here)
5: Disproportionality and Overrepresentation
6: Early Intervening Services and Response to Intervention
7: Highly Qualified Teachers (withdrawn with the reauthorization of NCLB as the ESSA in 2015)
9: Introduction to Evaluation under IDEA
10: Initial Evaluation and Reevaluation
11: Identification of Children with Specific Learning Disabilities
12: The IEP Team
13: Content of the IEP
14: Meetings of the IEP Team
15: LRE Decision Making
16: Children Enrolled by Their Parents in Private Schools
17: Introduction to Procedural Safeguards
18: Options for Dispute Resolution
19: Key Issues in Discipline

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