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The IEP: Creating Clear and Effective Plans

On-Demand Webinar Series
The IEP: Creating Clear and Effective Plans

Presented by: Michael McCormick, M.S., LBS

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Jan. 17, Feb. 21, and March 27, 2024.

A blue background with a yellow border - titled IEPs: Creating Clear and Effective Plans - a three-part series with a photo of the presenter Michael McCormick

The three-part series titled “The IEP: Creating Clear and Effective Plans” will provide a comprehensive guide for team members and individuals involved in the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process. Each part focuses on different aspects, offering valuable insights and strategies. The three parts together aim to guide individuals through the entire IEP journey, starting from the initial steps, progressing through the crucial meeting, and extending into strategies for sustained success beyond the meeting. The series will provide a holistic and strategic approach to navigating the complexities of the IEP process.

Session One: Crafting Effective Individualized Educational Plans

During this 30-minute session, Michael:

  • Provided a foundational understanding of the IEP process.
  • Emphasized the importance of a strategic start for a successful IEP journey.
  • Offered insights into effective and defensible strategies for initiating the IEP process.
  • Aimed to create a collaborative and informed environment from the beginning

Session Two: Meeting Strategies for the IEP Team

Dive into the heart of the IEP process with Part 2, where Michael will explore strategies to navigate the meeting itself. Discover key approaches to ensure a constructive and impactful IEP meeting experience.

During this 30-minute session that includes Q&A, Michael will: 

  • Focus on the crucial IEP meeting, a central component of the process.
  • Offer strategies for navigating the meeting effectively.
  • Emphasize the importance of constructive and impactful IEP meetings.
  • Provide key approaches to enhance the overall meeting experience.

Session Three: IEP Implementation Success Factors

The journey doesn’t end with the meeting—During this 30-minutes session Michael will: 

  • Recognize that the IEP journey continues beyond the meeting.
  • Discuss strategies for ensuring continued success after the initial meeting.
  • Cover topics such as monitoring progress, making adjustments, and supporting ongoing needs.
  • Offer a comprehensive perspective on the long-term success of the IEP process.

Each of the three 30-minute sessions are designed for Special Education Administrators, Teachers, School-based SLPs, School-based OTs, School Psychologists and members of the IEP Team. 


About the Presenter

Michael McCormick in a navy suit and purple tie.
Michael McCormick, M.S., LBS

Michael is an experienced education professional with over 13 years of experience in the field. He earned his Master’s degree from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania in Special Education and is a Licensed Behavior Specialist in the state of Pennsylvania. Over the course of his career, Michael has served as a teacher of complex learners, adjunct professor, supervisor of special education, and transition coordinator. Michael’s expertise lies in designing and implementing defensible Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) for students with varying needs. He is skilled in developing and implementing behavior management strategies, as well as collaborating with families, teachers, and service providers to ensure that learners receive the support they need to succeed. Throughout this career, Michael has been recognized for his dedication to the field and has presented on IEP development, secondary transition planning, instructional strategies, and the provision of a free appropriate public education.

Karen A. Erickson, Ph.D.​

Karen A. Erickson, Ph.D. is Director of the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies at University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill. Her focus is on understanding the best ways to assess and teach reading and writing to children with the most severe disabilities. As a special education teacher, Dr. Erickson has worked to support students with a range of disabilities in a variety of classroom settings, particularly students who do not use speech as their primary means of communication.


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