Presenter: Ayo Jones, Noodle Nook
Core Area:
Instructional Planning and Delivery 1C; Knowledge of Students and Student Learning 2A, 2B; Learning Environment 4A; Data-Driven Practice 5A, 5D; Professional Practices and Responsibilities 6A, 6C; Instruction 2.1; Learning Environment 3.3; Professional Practices and Responsibilities 4.2, 4.4
Grade Level: 
Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 0.25

Strong parental involvement helps students with disabilities thrive in the classroom. In this 15-minute course presented by SPED expert Ayo Jones, you’ll learn ways to help families be more involved with their child’s IEP. You’ll learn about the 6 keys to family engagement and how to implement them at your campus. You’ll also discover self-reflection questions to help you evaluate your current IEP program and make meaningful changes.

This session is part of the Special Education Self-Assessment Series.

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Are you ready for some self-reflection? As a SPED educator, it’s important to evaluate your work and find areas where you can improve the IEP process. One area to consider is family engagement. 
It takes a village to raise a child, and students with disabilities need even more support from their family, school, and community. In this 15-minute course, you’ll learn ways to help families be more involved with their child’s IEP. When parents have opportunities to contribute to their child’s education, they can help improve the student’s level of learning and development.

This course is presented by Noodle Nook, an educational resource center from celebrated educator Ayo Jones. Ms. Jones has over 15 years of experience in the SPED classroom and has dedicated her life to creating resources for SPED educators.

This session is part of the Special Education Self-Assessment Series. The series is all about self-evaluation and gaining a better understanding of how to meet your legally-mandated obligations regarding special education programs and students receiving special education services.

After taking this course, you’ll have a better understanding of:

  • What “family” means related to students
  • What family engagement is
  • The 6 keys to family engagement
  • Self-assessment questions for your campus

Other courses in this series:

SPED Self-Assessment – Child Find and Evaluations
SPED Self-Assessment – IEP Content and Development
SPED Self-Assessment – IEP Implementation
SPED Self-Assessment – Instructional Strategies
SPED Self-Assessment – Properly Constituted IEP Committees
SPED Self-Assessment – Secondary Transition

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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