Understanding the IEP Process: Referral to Eligibility Determination

Professional Development


This training will offer participants an opportunity to review the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education guidance document, “Is Special Education the Right Service (ISERS version 1-10-2020), in detail with an eye to gaining shared knowledge and understanding. 

Assignments will include:

  • Reading the ISERS document in sections
  • Annotating areas that stand out to participants as new, important, or indicative of a needed strengthening of practices.
  • Sharing ideas about the areas of the ISERS guide that people find significant
  • Drafting one priority action or question to guide and monitor systems-level and practitioner-level changes in practice.

As a result of this PD, participants will produce a shared “needs assessment tool” that includes specific questions and practices to monitor before, during, and after IEP team meetings that schools can use to focus efforts and guide system-level and practitioner-level change.


Adults who participate in IEP team meetings (general educators, special educators, related service providers, parents, or administrators); Grades K - 12


15 PDPs will be awarded to participants upon completion of this training, in addition to outside readings and assignments (as per DESE regulations). Note that these 15 PDPs will satisfy the Special Education-related requirement for recertification.

Date and Location

This training is 9 sessions, spanning 3 weeks. It will be conducted fully online via Zoom. If you have not used Zoom before, please review these participant instructions.

  • Week 1: June 22, 24, and 26, 2020; 9:00am - 10:00am
  • Week 2: July 13, 15, and 17, 2020; 9:00am - 10:00am
  • Week 3: July 27, 29, and 31, 2020; 9:00am - 10:00am

Registration Deadline: June 15


  • Laurel Peltier photo

    Laurel Peltier holds an Ed.D. in Special Education Leadership and C.A.G.S. in Special Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, as well as a professional license as a Special Education Administrator in Massachusetts.

For more information, contact:
Events Coordinator
413.586.4900 x5981


A maximum class size is set for each course and registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If the number of registrations for a course exceeds the maximum seats available or is too low to be able to conduct a quality learning experience, CES will inform you of available options.

Course Cancellation

If you wish to cancel your registration, please submit a request in writing (via mail, email or fax) no later than 7 business days before the workshop’s start date. After that, there are no refunds or billing adjustments.

In the event that a course is cancelled by the Collaborative for Educational Services, we will notify you as soon as possible. Please be sure to provide your best email address and phone number so we can contact you. Although every effort is made to avoid last minute cancellations, if an emergency arises, we will do our best to reach you at the phone number and email address you provide. 

Inclement Weather

Any delays or cancellations are posted online at collaborative.org. You may also call 413.588.5979 after 6:30am for information about classes that day.