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FSI Learning Explorations ~ Individual Education Plan (IEP) Basics

November 15, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PST


SESSION INFO: Navigating the ins and outs of what it means to have an Individual Education Plan can feel overwhelming. District Inclusive Education Coordinators, Paula and Fiona, will provide attendees with an overview of the purpose of an Individual Education Plan and how and when to advocate for your child in order to collaboratively support them and their school based team.

Learning Outcomes:

The 5 W’s and an H for Individual Education Plans (IEP’s):

What is an IEP and a CB-IEP?
When is an IEP provided?
Why is an IEP necessary?
Who is involved in IEP Planning and Implementation?
Where can I find information and supports?
How do I support my child with an IEP?

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Paula Stroshein-Martinez and her husband are parents to four amazing kids ages 9-23. Paula enjoys spending time with her family where they live on the beautiful Sunshine Coast. As a child to an immigrant mother, she treasured the teachers who took the time to acknowledge and celebrate diversity and who supported her and her family during her school years. Paula started her career in Psychology, working with children on the Autism Spectrum and their families. She soon found herself back at school getting her second degree in Education and then a Master’s degree in Special Education. Paula is passionate about inclusive education and her mission and vision is that schools are safe, equitable and inspiring places for all. In her role as an Inclusion Support Coordinator on the District Inclusion Support Team, Paula feels very fortunate to be part of such an amazing, collaborative and innovative group of like-minded individuals dedicated to quality public education. Paula is Vice President of the Sunshine Coast Teacher’s Association and President of SD46 Local Specialist Association-Teachers of Inclusive Education. She was just recently appointed to the role of Peer Support Services Consultant with the BCTF and is very much looking forward to connecting, sharing and learning at the provincial level.

Fiona James and her husband and daughter, can often be found exploring the forests and coastlines found on the Sunshine Coast. Fiona is part of the District Inclusion Support Team as the District Coordinator of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Fiona completed her Master’s degree in Special Education at UBC and has over 20 years of teaching experience from K-12 in a variety of roles. Her vision is that education will be an inclusive experience for all, where everyone has the opportunity to reach and celebrate their true potential. Fiona has been dynamically involved in the development of programs and plans to support the goals of educators, students, parents and schools. She does this through connection, collaboration and a trauma-sensitive lens. Fiona also enjoys collaborating at the provincial level as Treasurer to the Provincial Specialists Association, Teachers of Inclusive Education, BC.

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November 15, 2021
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PST
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Paula Stroshein-Martinez & Fiona James
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