Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) 

This webinar will provide educators an introduction to Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) 2015. Upon completion of this webinar educators will have a general understanding of ESSA and how it differs from the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) 2001. Educators will also understand how ESSA will impact students with disabilities. Finally, educators will also understand how ESSA impacts the workplace and their role in the decision-making process prior to August 2017.


Hours: 1.00


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Course Details

Course Code: REL-IDD-0-SPEDW2
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 3/31/2023
Learning Objectives:
Describe Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) 2015 and explain at least one way it protects students in the same way that the Elementary Secondary Education Action Act (ESEA) 1965 originally did.
Explain at least two ways ESSA differs from the NCLB.
Describe two ways ESSA changes education for students with disabilities.
Identify three ways that educator voice is increased because of ESSA.
Explain at least one way that educators, parents, families, can advocate for the needs of all students during the initial implementation of ESSA and after the law takes effect.

1) What is Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) 2015?
a. Review Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)1965
b. Review No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) 2001
c. Explain and Define ESSA
i. Date signed into law
ii. What does it do?
iii. When does it begin?
2) How does ESSA differ from NCLB?
a. Accountability
b. Testing
c. Standards
d. Achievement Goals
e. Sanctions
f. Universal Design and Personalized Learning
g. Advocacy
h. Opportunity Indicators
3) ESSA and Special Education
a. Requirements
b. IEP Teams
c. Specialized Instructional Support
d. Accommodations
e. Alternate Assessments
f. Opt-out
4) How ESSA Impacts Educators and the Profession
a. Highly Qualified No More
b. Teacher Evaluation and Testing
c. Paraeducators Qualifications
d. Alternate Licensure Paths
e. Working Conditions
f. Professional Development and Title II
5) Advocacy
a. Meaningful consultation in state and local planning
b. Districts and schools must partner with stakeholders on improvement strategies
c. Advocacy for meaningful professional development (Title II plan) for both regular education and special education professionals
d. Time to learn
e. Equitable Access
6) Review of Objectives

Instructor: Angela Waiters, Ed.S., MAT, MAED
Ms. Angela Waiters has been an educator since 2002. She has served in various capacities including Special Education, K-5 classroom teacher, mentor, administrative-intern, and an adjunct professor. Angela earned her Education Specialist degree in Leadership from Liberty University and is currently pursuing her Doctor of Education degree. She also holds a Master’s degree in Teaching from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, and a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Phoenix. She has additionally earned her principal certification (K-12), and teaching certification in Elementary Math (K-6). Angela is a National Trainer NEA for English Language Learners: Culture, Equity, & Language Training, and NEA Cultural Competence. Angela is the current President of the Guilford County Association of Educators. Disclosure: Angela Waiters, Ed.S., MAT, MAED has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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