Virtual based IEPs


Central Rivers AEA will be holding two sessions of the same content on May 15, 11-12 and May 20, 2-3pm. Registration and the Zoom links can be found below for each session. These sessions are designed for superintendents, principals, and special education teachers.  We are limited to around 450, so they will be first-come, first-served sessions.

First Session: Friday, May 15, 2020 11:00 AM Central Time

  • Register in advance for this meeting:
  • https://centralriversaea.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAqdumprTgsEtEMnCDlNw7HGuWKR7C6aJhM

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email (please use your e-mail that you register for classes through the AEA) containing information about joining the meeting.

Second Session: Wednesday, May 20, 2020 02:00 PM Central Time 

  • Register in advance for this meeting:
  • https://centralriversaea.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwrcO6orTkiE9KGaFSPZkgFegqKqasGb05q

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email (please use your e-mail that you register for classes through the AEA) containing information about joining the meeting.

Developed by Caroline Elser, Ed.D and Stacy Van Gorp, Ph.D, Trust Based IEPs provides practices and tools that make the IEP meeting experience more meaningful for families, students and teachers and easier for educators to prepare. Dr. Elser discovered accelerators and inhibitors to building relationships with educators during her research about the parent experience of IEP meetings. Dr. Van Gorp paired her expertise about trust, change management, and facilitation with Dr. Elser and Trust Based IEPs were born.

Dr. Elser and Dr. Van Gorp also have deep experience with virtual meetings. Dr. Elser works virtually with schools and student teachers across the globe through her position at UNI. As a national consultant, Dr. Van Gorp works with clients remotely, every day. Over the last month, her company, See What I Mean, offered Better Virtual Meetings workshops, attended by hundreds of nonprofit leaders.

Finally, it’s important to know that Dr. Elser also understands the IEP experience as a parent of two children with IEPs. Dr. Van Gorp is a parent of two children with 504s. This is not just a “product” for us, it is part of our desire to make the world a better place for teachers, students and families.

A sample Trust Based IEPs topics and their adaptations for today’s environment: 

  • Preparing families and yourself for a virtual IEP meeting
  • Sustaining and building relationships during IEPs – virtually
  • Supporting deeper understanding of the IEP process and roles – virtually
  • Collaborating during an IEP meeting-virtually