17. Establish the responsibility of the LEA for personnel development.

The LEA must ensure that all personnel necessary to carry out Part B of the Act are appropriately and adequately prepared, subject to the requirements of 34 CFR 300.156 and section 2122 of the ESEA.

[34 CFR 300.207] [20 U.S.C. 1413(a)(3)]

Dialogue Starter - Cross-stakeholder

Reaction Questions

  1. In your view, what kinds of ongoing training should be available to all personnel serving students under IDEA?

  2. What specific kinds of training should be available for specific roles?

  3. What role might stakeholders play in suggesting emerging training needs?

Application Questions

  1. Do you know how your state currently addresses this requirement?
    • How can you find out?
    • Does your staff have input into the training design?

  2. In your opinion, how should the success of the state plan be evaluated?

  3. What indicators would show you that the state plan is working?

  4. As the highly qualified provisions emphasize the content knowledge of special education teachers, what might we expect to see in the state plan for personnel development?

  5. As the highly qualified teacher provisions may reduce the number of receiving subject matter instruction in special education settings and increase the number served in general education teachers that are highly qualified in subject matter, what might we expect to see in the state personnel development plan?

    These questions were developed by the following

    stakeholders working together:


    Role: Teacher
    Location: Pennsylvania

    Role: Family
    Location: Georgia

    Role: Teacher
    Location: Florida

    Role: Service Provider
    Location: Kentucky

    Role: Administrator
    Location: Illinois

    Role: Technical Assistance Provider
    Location: California

    Role: Administrator
    Location: Wyoming

    Role: State Education Agency
    Location: Arkansas

    Role: Higher Education
    Location: Florida

    Role: Higher Education
    Location: Pennsylvania