Special Education Team Leader Institute Application

Special Education Team Leader Institute Application


The Special Education Team Leader Institute (SETLI) is designed to equip special educational team leaders with tools to foster family and community engagement and improve student outcomes by facilitating team meetings that are collaborative and compliant with regulations and best practices in the field.

The Institute will provide up to thirty participants annually with a year of courses and technical assistance that foster their ability to lead Individualized Education Plan (IEP) teams in the development of educational plans that reflect the individual needs of students. Participants will learn to facilitate team meetings; create and write clear and effective IEPs; foster good faith relationships and collaboration; develop data collection and analysis systems to monitor student outcomes; and develop support networks to foster the implementation of best practices in the education of students with special needs.


Full time education team leaders or coordinators who are 1.) currently working in a MA school and 2.) assigned to chair IEP team meetings for students with disabilities.

This includes but is not limited to: Special Education Team Leaders (ETLs), Special Education Teachers, Principals or Assistant Principals, Out of District or Program Coordinators.

This Institute is not designed to support people who are leading 504 Teams in terms of the legal requirements of these plans; however, the facilitation techniques discussed as part of the Institute would certainly be applicable for people who chair Section 504 teams.

Dates and Locations

Leadership Academy

The 3-day Leadership Academy will take place at the Warren Conference Center in Ashland.

August 10 - 12, 2020; 8:00am - 4:00pm. Lunch is included.

Participants are encouraged but not required to stay overnight for the duration of the 3-day retreat. Accommodations may be available at the Warren Conference Center or local hotels, but the cost is not included. Accepted participants interested in these accommodations will need to request financial support from their districts or pay individually.

First Term

The first term of the course will include online work and three face-to-face sessions.

Face-to-face session #1: September 11, 2020; 9:30am - 3:30pm

Face-to-face session #2: October 9, 2020; 9:30am - 3:30pm

Face-to-face session #3: November 13, 2020; 9:30am - 3:30pm

Face-to-face sessions will be held at the Thayer Homestead in Medway.

Second Term

The second term of the course will include online work, one face-to-face Community of Practice session, and our annual ETL Conference.

Community of Practice face-to-face session: March 12, 2021; 9:30am - 3:30pm at the Thayer Homestead in Medway (**Snow date: March 19, 2021, 9:30am - 3:30pm. Please hold this date as well)

Annual ETL Conference: April 9, 2021; 9:30am - 3:30pm at the Warren Conference Center in Ashland.

Course Requirements

All participants selected must commit to attend 100% of these scheduled activities/online sessions with permission from their current school district. Additionally, in partnership with their current school and district, participants will complete several activities including a needs assessment and systems change project to improve compliance and collaboration in response to an identified need. This will involve extensive work outside of the sessions mentioned above and will be guided by the facilitators of the institute.

Cost and Application

This course is free for the participant. Applicants are asked to notify their immediate supervisors and special education administrators of their interest and intent to apply. Travel to and from training sites, lodging, and meals, and graduate credit fees are not included and will need to be paid for by the participant or supported by their district.

The SETLI application period for 2020-21 will be open from March 1, 2020 through May 1, 2020. Questions should be directed to Laurel Peltier or Sharon Jones.

Personal Information
If you do not know your MEPID (Massachusetts Education Personnel IDentification number), or do not have a MEPID and need one for this course: Find your MEPID by visiting http://www.doe.mass.edu/educators. Click on ‘Update your Profile’. Your MEPID will be on the second line under Personal Information. It is an 8-digit number beginning with a ‘5’. If you need to get a new MEPID, go to http://www.doe.mass.edu/educators. Click the “ELAR” logo or the ‘Online Tools’ link. Select the “Create ELAR Profile” under the login button. Fill out the form -- (you will need your SSN) -- and click on the Submit button in the lower right of the window.
Professional Information
If you answered 'no' to the previous question, please write N/A.
If you answered 'no' to the previous question, please write N/A.
Immediate Supervisor Information
District Special Education Administrator Information
Write a short statement: Please share briefly about your greatest strengths as a leader of compliant and collaborative IEP team meetings, and one challenge that you face as an IEP team leader. What do you hope to give to other participants in this learning community? What elements of your practice do you hope to improve by joining this learning community?