(50 customer reviews)

Presenter: Ayo Jones, Noodle Nook
Core Area:
Knowledge of Students and Student Learning 2B; Content Knowledge and Expertise 3C; Data-Driven Practice 5B, 5C; Professional Practices and Responsibilities 6A, 6B; Planning 1.2, 1.3; Professional Practices and Responsibilities 4.3
Grade Level: 
Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 0.5

No matter what subject you teach, you’re bound to encounter a student who has a 504 or an IEP or a student who needs one created for them. It’s important for all educators to have a solid understanding of the difference between 504s and IEPs so that students can get the support they need. In this course presented by SPED educator Ayo Jones, you’ll learn the definitions of 504s and IEPs and how students qualify for them.

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What’s the difference between 504s and IEPs?

When educators don’t have a strong understanding of the two, it can cause confusion and end up with students not getting the services they need in order to thrive academically.

In this course, 504s versus IEPs — Understanding Student Services, you’ll learn the difference between 504s and IEPs from celebrated SPED educator Ayo Jones.

One common myth about IEPs and 504s is that you have to be struggling in school to receive one. Ms Jones says that’s simply not the case. There are many reasons why a student might qualify for an IEP or 504, and educators need to be aware of these reasons. After taking this course, you’ll be prepared to explain the difference between 504s and IEPs and how students qualify.

In this course presented by Noodle Nook, you’ll learn:

  • What a 504 is 
  • What an IEP is
  • Who qualifies for 504s and IEPs
  • What’s in the plan
  • Who creates the plan
  • How to review your plan
  • Parent participation, consent, and notice
  • Legal protection measures

Other courses in this series:

IEPs – An Overview
The IEP Process – 6 Steps to an IEP
An Administrator’s Refresher on IEPs
High Quality PLAAFPs – Write Better IEPs
Drafting Meaningful IEP Goals for Students with Disabilities
IEP Litigation and Legislation
IEP Meeting Prep for Special Education Teachers
IEP Progress Monitoring for Students in Special Education
My First IEP – For General Education Teachers

Presenter Bio

Ayo Jones is an experienced special education teacher, successful instructional coach, and charismatic professional speaker. Driven by her love for all things special education, Ayo provides educators teaching students with significant disabilities exactly what they need to survive and thrive. In her over 15 years in education, she has coached hundreds of teachers, trained thousands of educational professionals, and developed curriculum for tens of thousands of students with disabilities. She is a regular consultant to multiple school districts and educational support centers throughout Texas and beyond as well as in West Africa, where she does outreach to underserved students.

Ayo is the founder of Noodle Nook, an online resource for teachers in special education, providing tools for classroom success. She hosts a teacher podcast, is a published author, and delivers curriculum to teachers worldwide, including Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. Best known for her engaging public speaking, Ayo’s captivating presence and witty delivery have made her a sought-after professional trainer.

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50 reviews for 504s versus IEPs – Understanding Student Services

  1. Cristopher – PORT NECHES-GROVES ISD (verified owner)

    Great Information

  2. Christine – RIPLEY-UNION-LEWIS-HUNTINGTON LOCAL (verified owner)

    Very informative

  3. Karen – PORT NECHES-GROVES ISD (verified owner)

    Good explanation of the differences.

  4. Jill – PORT NECHES-GROVES ISD (verified owner)


  5. Dana – PORT NECHES-GROVES ISD (verified owner)

    Good information; good presenter

  6. Lisa – PORT NECHES-GROVES ISD (verified owner)

    It was very informative.

  7. Stacy – PORT NECHES-GROVES ISD (verified owner)

    Great info explained very well

  8. Kathy – PORT NECHES-GROVES ISD (verified owner)

    This is a lot of information and very confusing, but I do feel like I am further along in understanding now.

  9. Amy – SILSBEE ISD (verified owner)

    very informative

  10. becky – PORT NECHES-GROVES ISD (verified owner)

    good info

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