Professional Development

EIASE offers professional development for special educators, general educators, parents, administrators, support personnel and more. Our in-services cover a variety special education and related topics including teaching strategies, procedures and compliance, behavioral management, autism, as well as forums for professionals to discuss legal updates and current issues.

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IMPORTANT: The state has established new rules for distributing Professional Development credit. In order to get professional development hours you must write your IEIN number on the sign in sheet to get your evidence of completion form, which will be emailed to you. We will not be able to give you an evidence of completion form for your professional development units if you do not have your IEIN. Please have your IEIN number available when you complete our registration form.

Professional Development Calendar 2021-2022

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DESCRIPTIONS

Special Ed for Admin/LEA

This training is intended for administrators, and school personnel who often fill the role of the LEA at IEP meetings. Participants will gain knowledge in the responsibilities that are expected of the LEA, key aspects that should be included in IEP paperwork, and details that will aid in the evaluation of special education teachers and other related service personnel.

Calming Corners

This inservice is intended for special educators, general educators, school support personnel, and other school staff who would like to learn what calming corners are used for, what tools should be included in a calming corner, how to effectively utilize a calming corner, and how to teach students to use a calming corner appropriately.

Special Education Law Updates

Administrators ONLY. This activity is intended for administrators, and school personnel who serve as the LEA for IEP meetings. Administrator Academy credit is offered. The topics include special education laws, court decisions, ISBE findings, and suggested policies. Participants are encouraged to reflect on their districts’ practices, and align them with current legislation.

New Teacher Workshop

This in-service is intended for special educators who have recently entered the field of teaching, or veteran special educators who would like a refresher on the following topics: the role of the IEP team, reevaluations, fundamental aspects of an IEP, special education timelines, potential procedural errors, classroom management, and roster information.

504 Forms and Procedures

This in-service is for any general educator or special educator who is interested in learning more about the 504 forms, procedures, referral and eligibility processes. 504 coordinators and building administrators are especially encouraged to attend. Each 504 form will be reviewed. Some of the most common 504 scenarios, accommodations, and legal situations will be addressed. Q&A as well as group discussion is encouraged.

Autism 101

This inservice is an auditory presentation, which provides hands-on learning, discussion, and visuals for educators to gain insight on characteristics of autism and interventions used to help them be successful in the educational setting.

IEP 100

Referral/Eligibility/Consent Forms:

This in-service is for any special educator who is interested in learning more about updates and legal requirements in relation to the special education referral, eligibility, and consent process. New special educators and district coordinators are especially encouraged to attend. Participants will learn where to access and when to use forms related to these processes. Explanation of each form will be provided as well as common mistakes to avoid. Q&A as well as group discussion is encouraged.


Assessment/Accommodations/Transition/RLPs,Miscellaneous Forms:

This in-service is for any special education teacher who is interested in learning more about updates in regards to assessments and accommodations for the classroom and various state and district assessments. Participants will learn about transition plans for students 14 ½ years and older, remote learning plans and other miscellaneous forms (ex. Home/Hospital, Need for Aide).

MTSS & Special Education Basics

This inservice is intended for educators, school support personnel, and administrators who would like to learn more about what a multi-tiered system of support should look like, as well as the basics of special education terminology, and what special education systems should look like in a general education school building.

School Psych Forum

This forum is for any school psychologist or school psychologist intern who currently works in one of EIASE’s member districts. The forum will have agenda items, but the meeting is intended to be discussion based. Agenda items will include any recent special education or legal updates, participants are encouraged to share agenda topics or bring discussion questions.

IEP 200

Writing PLAAFP and Goals, ESY, and Placement

Participants attending this in-service will gain a better understanding of how to collect academic and functional data, and write functional present levels that are individualized, data based, and lead to specific and measurable goals. Participants will also leave with tools and resources to help write SMART goals. Extended school year information, and minutes/services/placement will also be covered.

Coordinators Forum

This forum is for district special education coordinators to discuss updates in special education. The forum will have an agenda but participants are encouraged to bring topics to discuss as well.

Effective Para/Autism Make & Take

Participants will learn responsibilities and strategies to be an effective para when working with students with autism spectrum disorder. Teachers and paras will also learn how to work together to be most productive in the educational setting.

Trauma Informed Practices & SEL Instruction

This in-service is intended for any school personnel who are interested in implementing trauma informed practices at the district, school, or classroom level. It includes a brief overview of how trauma impacts students, but focuses on trauma informed practices that lead to students’ academic success. Classroom strategies to teach social emotional learning is also discussed. Participants will leave with research-based tools to begin implementing trauma informed practices.

Transition Q & A

Teachers working with transition aged students (14 ½ yrs. or older) will have the opportunity to explore and collaborate on various transition activities and planning strategies as it relates to transition.

FBA/BIP

This in-service is intended for any school personnel who collect data for functional behavioral assessments, or write behavior intervention plans. Participants will gain knowledge on FBA data collection (teacher interviews, student interviews, classroom observations, etc), and using the data collected to write meaningful behavior intervention plans.

Counselor/Social Worker Forum

This forum is for any school social worker, school counselor, or intern who currently works in one of EIASE’s alternative school buildings, or member districts. The forum will have agenda items, but the meeting is intended to be discussion based.

Early Childhood Forum


SLP Forum


IEP Writing Consultation

Participants attending this workshop will be given time to write IEP’s at EIASE central office. EIASE Associate Directors will be in attendance to answer questions, or help with any technical assistance in the IEP writing process.

Special Education Teacher Forum

This forum is intended for all special educators within EIASE’s member districts. The forum will have an agenda to discuss updates in special education, however teachers are encouraged to bring topics to discuss as well.

Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI)

Initial And Refresher Dates 2021-2022

If you have never been TCI trained before, please sign up for the Initial training offered in August or January. Registration is available via EIASE Professional Development Registration Form and you must attend all four days to be TCI trained.

If you have been trained either through an initial or refresher, you will need to attend a one day refresher this school year. Please select from one of the dates/locations listed and register via EIASE Professional Development. You must have attended a refresher or an initial within the last year. If you were trained under an initial through another organization, you must provide proof of training.

Initial Training will be offered August 2, 3, 4, 5, 2021 and January 24, 25, 26, 27, 2022. Registration is available via EIASE Professional Development Registration Form and you must attend all four days to be TCI trained. The goal of Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) is to train teachers and staff to help students develop new responses to their environment that will enable them to achieve a higher level of social and emotional functioning and thereby, enabling a better educational learning experience. The techniques presented in this training program are designed to provide the skills, knowledge, and confidence staff need in order to work with students in crisis. TCI Initial training will be 4 full days of in-person training. No exceptions will be made for absences or virtual participation options.

Refresher Training is offered throughout the school year. Each person trained in TCI is required to attend a refresher once a year. Please select from one of the dates/locations listed and register via EIASE Professional Development Registration Form. TCI Refresher training is an annual requirement to continue TCI certification. This in-service will review Therapeutic Crisis Intervention supports and de-escalation strategies as a refresher for those already TCI trained and certified. Written and physical testing is also included. TCI Refresher training is 1 full day of in-person training. No exceptions will be made for partial absence or virtual participation options.


  • July 28, 2021 - EIASE Board Room

  • September 1, 2021 (Post Crisis Response) – EIASE Board Room - CANCELLED due to Low Registration

  • October 6, 2021 – EIASE Board Room

  • November 3, 2021 (Developmental Delay) – EIASE Board Room

  • December 1, 2021 - EIASE Board Room

  • January 12, 2022 - EIASE Board Room

  • February 7, 2022 - Casey School District

  • March 2, 2022 (Post Crisis Response) - EIASE Board Room

  • April 6, 2022 - EIASE Board Room

  • May 4, 2022 - EIASE Board Room

Upcoming Events

Inservice Resources

This is a link to a public Google Drive folder. It contains documents from some of EIASE PD events.