Presenter: Ayo Jones, Noodle Nook
Core Area:
Instructional Planning and Delivery 1C; Knowledge of Students and Student Learning 2A; Data-Driven Practice 5A, 5D; Professional Practices and Responsibilities 6A, 6C; Planning 1.2; Instruction 2.1, 2.4, 2.5; Professional Practices and Responsibilities 4.2
Grade Level: 
Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 0.5

Are you ready to master the Child Find program?

As a legally-mandated program designed to identify students with disabilities, every teacher should know how it works and what their role in it is. In this 30-minute course, you’ll learn all about the Child Find referral process from expert SPED educator Ayo Jones. After taking this course, you’ll be able to approach the Child Find system with clarity.

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Early identification of students with disabilities and struggling students in need of interventions and support is part of every educator’s job. Identification, evaluation, and programming need to be tailored to individual needs in order for all students to be successful in the classroom. The Child Find program is mandated by federal law and every educator should have a basic understanding of how it works.

In this course from Noodle Nook, expert educator Ayo Jones shares a general overview of the Child Find system, which identifies students suspected of having a disability. She also discusses the referral process based on the Child Find protocol and the intervention framework that supports early identification.

This session is part of the Special Education Self-Assessment Series, which is all about self-evaluation of SPED programs. Ms. Jones helps educators better understand things you should do to meet your legally mandated obligations of early identification and evaluation of students with suspected disabilities.

In this 30-minute course, you will learn:

  • What Child Find means to educators
  • How the referral process for students suspected of a disability works
  • How to support students with pre-referral interventions
  • Which intervention frameworks educators can use
  • Which disabilities qualify for services under federal law
  • Reminders to stay in line with federal guidelines

As part of this series, you’ll answer a series of self-assessment questions to determine how you can improve your classroom, campus, and district to stay compliant with Child Find guidelines and evaluation best practices. If you work with students, have a campus leadership position, or guide policy decisions for your district, then this course will help you confidently approach the Child Find program.

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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