WILMINGTON, MA – Mar 27, 2007 KidsTerrain, Inc. announces the release of IDEA And The Classroom Teacher, a new webinar on its web site, www.kidsterrain.com. With the passage of IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004) to replace Public Law 94-142 (Education for All Handicapped Children Act), the role of classroom teachers has changed dramatically.
"Teachers now have to work within the new law and with an alphabet soup of mandates," said Janet Bellizia, the presenter of this webinar. Ms. Bellizia created this program to help teachers understand what IDEA means for educators, and the mandate´s function within their classrooms.
In this webinar for educators, Bellizia addresses IDEA mandates and eligibility; the IEP process; specialized programs to help students make effective progress; the referral process; and evaluations and placement.
"This webinar will also address questions such as classroom strategies to assist the special needs student in the regular classroom, and insights on how teachers can both advocate for their special needs students, and actively participate in the IEP process."
In the 1970s and 1980s, Ms. Bellizia served as a member and Vice Chair for the Massachusetts Teachers Association Special Education Committee. She was part of a group of educators from around the country to go to Washington, D.C. to work on the rules and regulations for Public Law 94-142.
During her teaching career in Woburn MA, Ms. Bellizia taught first grade for eighteen years and kindergarten for seventeen years. Her classes were always typical and special needs students. While teaching in Woburn, she worked with Dr. Kathleen Quill, autism specialist and author of several books on autism. Although retired, Ms. Bellizia continues to broaden her knowledge. She recently completed an advocacy course at the Federation for Children with Special Needs.
For a nominal fee, visitors to the KidsTerrain web site can partake in this and other multi-media, comprehensive web-based programs presented by KidsTerrain´s team of experts and clinicians. The webinars are available "24/7, on your own time, and in the comfort of your own home," said Rita Schiano, the company´s Director of Communications.
Other webinar topics include Finding Your Quiet Space, Building Resilience, and Bullying in the Workplace.
"Within the next few weeks we will be launching two more webinars, Talking With Kids About Body Confidence and Achieving Your Goals."
The web site is also home to the KidsTerrain Neighborhood Store, offering products and goods designed especially for KidsTerrain, including books and CDs developed by the company´s New Voices Publishing division.
KidsTerrain, Inc. is a products and services resource company for children and families and the people whose lives affect them. For more information on KidsTerrain, Inc. visit www.kidsterrain.com or call the corporate
office located in Wilmington, MA at 978- 658-2131.