Whatever Happened to Specially Designed Instruction?


October 10, 2017


Members: $100.0 / Non-Members: $120.00

Note: The above costs reflect Early Bird Registrations. An additional $15.00 will be added to registrations made up to 10 days prior to the event.


Crowne Plaza Lansing West Hotel
925 South Creyts Road
Lansing, MI 48917


9:00 am - 3:30 pm




Tuesday, October 10, 2017 -- 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Whatever Happened to Specially Designed Instruction?

Presenters:  Sharon LaPointe and Laurie VanderPloeg


Goal & Learning Outcomes

We all know that an IDEA-eligible child needs and is entitled to special education. All too often, however, there is a circuity to our day-to-day construction of “special education” that may ironically stop short of fulfilling its IDEA definition and purpose. This circuity is based on assumptions that the completed IEP equates with special education, regardless of its content, or that special education=special education teacher+special education classroom.   The goal of this presentation is to identify barriers that preclude, and best practices that facilitate, special education that truly is specially designed instruction to more effectively address the unique learning needs of students with disabilities.

Participants will:

  • Develop a more in depth understanding of Specially Designed Instruction for students and explore how this looks in/out of inclusive settings.

  • Define unintended consequences of assuring FAPE and special education services.

  • Review individual roles and practices related to evaluating and planning for the individual needs of students, utilizing a refined definition of specially designed instruction.


About the Presenters

Ms. LaPointe began her career as a school psychologist and continued her involvement with special education as a school attorney. She has provided extensive professional development regarding state and federal special education law, Section 504, and the ADA both in Michigan and nationally. She has also served as legal consultant to the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) Part C Procedural Safeguards Task Force, as a member of the MDE ADHD and Restraint/Seclusion referent groups, and as co-lead editor of the Michigan Association of Administrators of Special Education (MAASE) publication, Response to Intervention: Enhancing the Learning of All Children.

Ms. VanderPloeg is a special education administrator and former teacher, a past president of the national Council for Administrators of Special Education (CASE) and current president elect for the international Council for Exceptional Children. She has been active at the local and national level in defining standards of practice and addressing current issues in our field.


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