Special Education

In keeping with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and state law, Directors of Special Education work with school administrators and special education teachers to provide effective educational programs for students with disabilities, ages 3-20, who need special education and related services. In addition to providing effective programs and services, Directors of Special Education are also responsible for a variety of administrative requirements, including Child Find, Eligibility, Data Management and Reporting, Fiscal Management, Policies and Procedures, as well as Compliance and Accountability.

Coaching Focus: Bailey’s Special Education specialist will work with school district personnel to strengthen knowledge of the IDEA requirements, state laws and State Board of Education Policies.

  • Learn and understand the required components of an Individualized Education Program (IEP).
  • Strengthen knowledge on how to develop and implement an IEP that is based on the unique needs, abilities and circumstances of each individual child.
  • Refine skills in utilizing current data for identifying Present Levels of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance (PLAAFP).
  • Explore how to develop Measurable Annual Goals that are appropriately ambitious, challenging and reasonable based on the child’s circumstances.
  • Learn and understand how to align IEP components to each student’s specific academic, developmental and functional needs and deficit areas.
  • Explore types of accommodations, modifications and other supplementary aids and services.
  • Strengthen knowledge on how to determine the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) and ensure access to the general education curriculum.
  • Strengthen knowledge of how to document Extended School Year (ESY) requirements.
  • Learn specific roles and responsibilities of required IEP Committee members.
  • Review models for Co-Teaching and explore a variety of Inclusive Practices.
  • Learn how to write a transition plan that is realistic for each student’s goals at different age intervals for elementary, middle school, secondary and exiting high school.
  • Review case laws and current legal issues for ensuring Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) and documenting Meaningful Education Benefit.
  • Learn how to avoid common IEP procedural mistakes that result in noncompliance.
  • Strengthen knowledge of specific regulatory requirements for Child Find, Eligibility Criteria, Extended School Year, Complaints, Due Process, Dispute Resolution, Manifestation Determination Reviews, Parental Involvement, Transition Plans, State Performance Plan and Annual Performance Reports.
  • Refine administrative skills necessary to successfully implement program requirements, including Data Management, Reporting Timelines, State and Federal Funds, Fiscal Management, and Policies and Procedures.
  • Explore Department of Education monitoring protocols, compliance requirements, and Results-Driven Accountability.
  • Learn and understand how to address issues of noncompliance and develop a Corrective Action Plan.


Service Delivery: 
Services are customized to meet the specific needs of school district personnel, which may include consultation, professional development training, teacher coaching and modeling as well as job-embedded professional development. Coaches will debrief with designated district office staff and submit a detailed work report for each day of service.