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Child Count Dates for 2019

Please see this letter from Amy Knupp, Executive Director of Special Education, with important dates related to the state special education weighted enrollment, the Federal Part B and Part C counts.

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Iowa’s New MTSS Data System (Panorama) – Update

Many of you have probably heard that Iowa is getting ready to launch their new MTSS data system (Panorama).  This system will effectively take the place of the Iowa Tier system that the state used several years ago. When initially … Continue reading

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Change Provider and Transfer of Students on the IEP

If the student changes buildings a Transfer must be done. If the student has a different provider then Change Provider.

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Gmail tip of the week!

Here’s another tip to help you manage your inbox!  Did you know that you can snooze emails in your inbox until a later date or time? Snooze, to put it completely non-dramatically, is a godsend for people who have busy … Continue reading

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SDI Coaching Network

The SDI team is excited to announce plans to provide monthly learning and support to coaches via Zoom. Those of you who have been identified as systems coaches or practices coaches at SDI sites in our agency are expected to … Continue reading

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Procedural Safeguards and Electronic Communications

Thomas Mayes, Legal Consultant for the Iowa Department of Education,  is now recommending that IEP teams document if parents decline a paper copy of the Procedural Safeguards.  This means we must offer a paper copy each time, not just an … Continue reading

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FASTBridge Access

Work is underway to identify which staff need access to the FASTBridge data system and for which buildings.  Submitting the request for changes to the Department of Education will happen soon, and once changes are completed by the DE, it … Continue reading

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Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities

Team Representatives and other Special Education service providers: There will be a Standards-Based IEP class starting this fall on September 19th.  If you support schools who would like to learn more about this process, we encourage you to register for … Continue reading

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Quantum

Quantum now has an app for your mobile device. Search “Quantum Workplace” to add to your device.

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