Special Education Compliance

Heart of Missouri’s Special Education Compliance Consultant assists local districts with professional development for both special education teachers and regular education teachers. The goal is to understand and effectively apply state and federal regulations in Local Education Agencies (LEA) implementing Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to improve students’ academic and post-secondary performance.

Scheduled training and workshops on various topics are offered and open to special and general educators, administrators, and others as indicated in My Learning Plan. At the request of the LEA, site-based consultations, technical assistance, coaching, and workshops focusing on Special Education regulations, legislation, legal obligations, and process coordination are available.

Training topics include:

  • Special Education Process
  • Initial Evaluation
  • Individualized Education Plan
  • Special Education Compliance 101
  • Hot Topics/What’s Trending in Compliance
  • Cyclical Monitoring File Review
  • Cyclical Monitoring Follow Up
  • Indicator 13 Compliance
  • New Special Educator Academy/Boot Camp
  • Part C-to-B Transition
  • Accommodations and Modifications
  • Discipline
  • Early Childhood Special Education
  • MAP-A Eligibility
  • Meetings: Don’t Forget the Other Forms
  • Notification of Meeting
  • Notices of Action
  • Summary of Performance
  • Top 10 Indicators Out and How to Fix Them
  • Transfer Process(In-state and Out-of-State)
  • Triennial Reevaluation
  • Updates to Special Education
  • Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Special Education Compliance (but were afraid to ask)


Lynn Lynch

Special Education Compliance Consultant lynchly@missouri.edu

Special Education Improvement

At the Heart of Missouri RPDC, the special education improvement consultant supports local districts by providing effective research-based training in order to improve the academic performance and post-secondary outcomes of all students, but especially those with disabilities, to graduate college and career ready. Professional development can be provided to both special education teachers and regular education teachers with the emphasis for improving students’ academic and post-secondary performance as required by state and federal law. Our center provides training and workshops on a regional level at the RPDC as well as in-district upon request. Additionally, the special education improvement consultant collaborates with other programs in the RPDC to meet the needs of districts as they serve students with disabilities.

The special education consultant provides site-based consultations, technical assistance, coaching as well as workshops focusing on SPED regulations, legislation, legal obligations, process coordination, accommodations, modifications, co-teaching, post-secondary transition and MORE:

  • Accommodations and Modifications
  • Check and Connect
  • Co-Teaching
  • Developing Standards-Based IEPs linked to the Essential Elements
  • Developing Standards-Based IEPs linked to the Missouri Learning Standards
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Early Warning Signs (Drop out prevention)
  • MAP-A
  • Missouri Post-Secondary Success Project
  • Transition Academy
  • Universal Design for Learning

Coaching opportunities are encouraged as a companion to all training modules and are arranged individually with the school staff. Additionally, technical assistance is provided at the requesting district based on their specific needs.


Jennifer Statler

Special Education Improvement Consultant jhstatler@missouri.edu