Special Education Training

Find training, webinars, supplemental training materials and more on this page.

Special Education Hosted Trainings and Webinars

To help support Minnesota schools during the global pandemic, the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) Special Education Division enlisted experts from across the nation for a series of remote presentations. We have recorded these sessions for your review and use. The insights and resources here are valuable for general educators and those serving students receiving special education services. All recordings are closed captioned and include links to accessible slide shows and other materials.

Six Feet, Clean Hands and Mask Up: MDE Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker, Assistant Commissioner Daron Korte, and Communications Director Wendy Hatch on how to create a positive, safe, and supportive environment for all during a pandemic.

Five Practically Good Ideas for Any Reality: Clay Cook, Ph.D. of the University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development on how to prepare for distance learning, hybrid and in-person schooling.

Returning to School During and After Crisis
: Brandi Simonson, Ph.D. of the University of Connecticut on using a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) framework to support students, families and educators during the transitions back to school during and following the global pandemic.

Check-in/Check-Out as a Tier 2 Support: Kevin Filter, Minnesota State University, Mankato; what does it look like and how it can be adapted during distance or hybrid learning environments.

The Interconnected Systems Framework: Brian C. Meyer and Kelly Perales, Midwest Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Network; exploring the alignment and integration of school mental health and MTSS.



Online Training

Continuing education units (CEU) for online MDE trainings are available! To request CEUs, complete our Request for Teacher CEU form and submit to MDE.
  • 9/7/16
    This video is a short tutorial on how to plan out and write or update policies and procedures.
  • 9/7/16
    This online presentation will help you understand what is needed to strengthen your organization's internal controls.
  • 9/1/16
    Three online training modules are available for statewide use that provide positive strategies for school staff to use with students with disabilities. These stand-alone modules and reference documents are designed for districts to use in independent staff training.
  • 11/17/16
    This online session provides guidance for completion of a TSES plan in Skinny TSES format.
  • 8/30/16
    This online training provides guidance to special education school staff responsible for the development, documentation, and implementation of IEPs specific to annual goals and short term objectives.
  • 11/17/16
    This online training provides guidance to special education school staff responsible for measuring, collecting, and reporting individual students’ progress toward their individualized education program (IEP) annual goals and short term objectives.
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Training Is Available on Many Special Education Topics