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.

October 7 - 9, 2019; 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 two face-to-face sessions.

Face-to-face session #1: November 4, 2019; 9:30am - 3:30pm

Face-to-face session #2: December 2, 2019; 9:30am - 3:30pm

Face-to-face sessions will be held at the EDCO Collaborative in Bedford.

Second Term

The second term of the course will include online work and two face-to-face sessions.

Face-to-face session #1: January 6, 2020, 9:30am - 3:30pm

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

Face-to-face sessions will be held at the  EDCO Collaborative in Bedford.

ETL Conference

The ETL Conference will be held on April 6, 2020 from 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 2019-20 has closed. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply for the team leader institute for the 2020-21 session. We anticipate the application period will begin in March 2020. Questions should be directed to Laurel Peltier or Sharon Jones.