Special Education

Office of Special Education - Our Purpose

To lead the improvement of outcomes for preparing all children and students with disabilities and their families for learning, earning and living through effective use of data, collaboration, communication, and a framework of differentiated support.

Coronavirus Resources - IDEA Guidance

The NDE is committed to assisting school communities during public health emergencies. We support school districts in their decisions to keep student and staff safety their top priority. Should a crisis arise, NDE will work closely with other state and federal agencies to ensure continuation of critical services to students, families, and educators and the restoration of the teaching and learning environment.

NDE RESOURCES FOR THE CORONAVIRUS

Below is communication released by the Office of Special Education Programs to support you as you implement IDEA during the Coronavirus outbreak.  Please reach out to our office should you have any further questions.

OSEP – IDEA Part B Use of Funds

OSEP – IDEA Part C Use of Funds

OSEP Q & A – Implementation of IDEA Part B Dispute Resolution Procedures

OSEP Q & A – Implementation of IDEA Part C Dispute Resolution Procedures

IDEA Best Practices Document

SUPPLEMENTAL FACT SHEET: ADDRESSING THE RISK OF COVID-19 IN PRESCHOOL, ELEMENTARY, AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS ON PROVIDING SERVICES TO CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES DURING THE CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 OUTBREAK

NDE – Q AND A FOR PROVIDING SPECIAL EDUCATION AND EARLY INTERVENTION DURING CORONAVIRUS SCHOOL CLOSURE

SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES DURING THE CORONAVIRUS SCHOOL CLOSURES CLARIFICATION

Part C/EDN COVID-19 Resources

Data Collection Process During Covid-19 School Closures/In-Home Visit Suspensions – GOLD

Communication for Families/Parents of Students with Disabilities during this Covid-19 epidemic

Extended School Year Guidance Document

Learning Guidance for Students with Disabilities for Summer Programming and Beyond

Additional Covid-19 Special Education Resources

Teaching Special Education Online Resource Toolbox

SPECIAL EDUCATION – PROFESSIONAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

Home-school Services During Covid-19

Electronic Consent OK During Covid-19

NSPA Testing Considerations Document

Rethinking Deaf and Hard of Hearing Accessibility in Post-COVID-19 Classrooms

Nebraska Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing – Letter regarding Clear Masks

NE Council of School Administrators (NCSA): Continuity of Learning Zoom Conference Call (3/23/20)

Council for Exceptional Children – Teaching Special Educ. Online During Covid-19 Webinar (3/18/2020)

Remember Accessibility in the Rush to Online Instruction: 10 Tips for Educators

How to Be a Better Online Teacher – Advice Guide

Supporting Students with Disabilities in K-12 Online and Blended Learning

KSB School Law Coronavirus Blog

Supporting Students During Covid 19 – Information for Special Educators Like You

 NCDHH Communications NCDHH Communications

4 Ways to Help Kids Relax as the Coronavirus Upends Everyday Life

How to Talk to a Child who is Deaf/Blind About COVID19

National Center for Systemic Improvement (NCSI) – “Open-Access”  Resources for Educators & Parents to Use At Home / Providing Services to Children with Disabilities During COVID-19 Outbreak.

Remote Use of Paraprofessional Supports for Students with Disabilities During the Covid-19 Pandemic

MHTTC Resources around Mental Health

National Association of School Psychologists COVID-19 Resources

Supports for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities

Parent Resources

Schools reopening during the Covid-19 pandemic are facing extraordinary challenges at this time. We know parents have many questions and concerns about what the return to school will look like for their children in special education. Parents want to know how the school district’s plans will meet their child’s needs. How will the school districts address health and safety precautions for students, educators, and other school personnel in regards to scheduling, staffing, social distancing practices, transportation, and more?  Please see the linked video for a presentation by our Administrator, Amy Rhone in collaboration with PTI Nebraska: https://www.pti-nebraska.org/amy-rhone/

You may also access the slides and notes for this presentation here:  https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1ZTbZ5cGvazIbcdCJNcCXEFpyeIqGCgarrCi2K5U7yTQ/edit#slide=id.g8c1f228135_0_0

Communication for Families/Parents of Students with Disabilities during this Covid-19 epidemic

TVI O&M Activities for School at Home

National Center for Systemic Improvement (NCSI) – “Open-Access”  Resources for Educators & Parents to Use At Home / Providing Services to Children with Disabilities During COVID-19 Outbreak.

Ceeder Center Family Guide to At-Home Learning

Translating IEP Goals to Home – Using SEL Fundamentals

TIES Center Parent/Family Resources

Virtual IEP Meeting Tip Sheets from the Progress Center

Positive Behavior Intervention and Support

Tips for Families – Distance Learning for Special Education

Early Childhood Resources – Pyramid Model

Supporting Child and Family Well-being

Talking to your child about COVID-19

IDEA Best Practices Document

Upcoming SPED Events

2020 NeMTSS Summit - Moving Forward into the Unknown

As the State of Nebraska has experienced many disruptions in their “normal” way of doing business, The NeMTSS Team has made the difficult decision to cancel our in-person 2020 Summit.  However, The Team is excited to announce our 6 week Summit Series that will be brought to virtually .  Similar to our 5 week summer series, the virtual series, “Moving Forward into the Unknown,” will feature sessions to help schools promote success and wellness for students and staff.

Visit nemtss.unl.edu for more information on the six weeks, beginning August 11th, that are FREE to all who register and gain you access to live and recorded sessions focusing on:

WEEK 1 (August 11th and 13th): Equitable Opportunities for All

WEEK 2 (August 18th and 20th): Engaging and Strengthening Partnerships

WEEK 3 (August 25th and 27th): Adults as Change Agents

WEEK 4 (September 1st and 3rd): Creating a Climate of Support

WEEK 5 (September 8th and 10th): Prioritizing the Core

WEEK 6 (September 15th and 17th): Putting the Pieces Together Moving Forward

The Virtual Summit will bring messages from National Experts around Social Emotional Learning and  is intended for all educators with tracks focused on Administration/School Leaders, Instruction, and Early Childhood. Many of the days have concurrent sessions that will bring specific support information to sessions in the different track to those who may be looking for support in those specific areas.

We are excited to bring these amazing presenters and their messages to Nebraska Schools and Educators and hope that you will join us for 6 exciting weeks!

FREE Registration for any/all event at:

http://nemtss.unl.edu/nebraska-mtss-summit/

Recent SPED Updates

Clarification on guidance for 92 NAC 51 – 009.04 and IDEA 60 Day Timeline for School Age Children

45 school day vs 60 day guidance (PDF)

Guidance on Special Education Certification – April 2019

Guidance on Special Education Certification – Reimbursable under IDEA (PDF)

Updated August 7, 2020 11:17am