In order to introduce participants to the Ohio Department of Education comprehensive monitoring process and emphasize the critical components of the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) to incorporate compliant practices that promote “significant progress” for students, the Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center is pleased to host “The Essential IEP,” a one-day professional development opportunity on January 15 from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM at the Mid-Ohio Conference Center (890 W. Fourth Street, Mansfield).

The training will take participants through the steps involved in developing a quality IEP with emphasis placed on aligning IEP goals with the Ohio Learning Standards and Essential Elements to close the achievement gap between general education students and students with disabilities. Jennifer Crum, MOESC’s Director of Student Services, and Lynn Meister, MOESC’s Director of Teaching and Learning, will be presenting. Joining them as a guest presenter is Jon Grega.

Grega is an instruction and technology integration specialist for Northern Buckeye Education Council. As former principal and instructional coach at Mt. Gilead Middle School in rural Mt. Gilead, Jon headed an award-winning blended learning initiative with over 25 teachers in grades 4-12. During his 24 years in education, he also taught high school English in both Ohio and Minnesota, with eight years spent teaching in both a physical and online setting. Jon has presented his instructional experiences at OETC, OSBA, Battelle’s SOAR Conference, the University of Toledo and throughout many districts in Ohio.

Jennifer Crum said it is important to create a culture that equips every educator who influences the education of a student with a disability to be an active member of a student’s IEP meeting team. “Compliance is important and necessary. What is equally important is to offer IEP teams easy access to the tools they need, and leverage technology to provide curriculum in a more meaningful way by adding certain accommodations, assistive technology and supplementary aid and services to the IEP. That’s what we hope to accomplish with this professional development.”

Participants may come as individuals or in teams. They should bring a laptop or tablet and a completed IEP that has personally identifiable data redacted. The cost is $50/person for those from MOESC’s member districts and $60/person for non-member districts. Lunch is on your own.

Those that are interested in participating can sign up by January 14 at Those who have questions or want more information should contact Wendy Harvey at [email protected]​ or by calling 419-774-5520.

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