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Utah State Board of Education Focus Groups

Your Voice Matters!

As parents and professionals of students with disabilities, we have unique insight into areas additional education and training may be beneficial. Please plan to participate in the meeting in your area. See below for more information.


Dear Stakeholders,

Next week, an external contractor for the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) will be leading several stakeholder meetings around the state. The purpose of the meetings is to provide feedback into personnel development for education personnel providing services to students with disabilities, including feedback which will be used for the next State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG) application.

The SPDG has historically been used to provide funding for the Utah Multi-tiered System of Supports (UMTSS), and while there is no intent to discontinue that valuable work, these meetings provide a widespread opportunity for Utah stakeholders to address additional needs.

To see current UMTSS work, please visit
To review current SPDG requirements and opportunities, please visit

Parents, educators, and stakeholders are invited to attend the focus group to provide input on personnel development needs for educators serving students with disabilities. Please plan to attend meeting held in your region. Meetings will be held December 5-8, 2016 across the state. Please see the dates and locations below for the meeting nearest you.

Thank you,
Glenna Gallo
State Director of Special Education
Utah State Board of Education

Meeting Dates and Locations

DECEMBER 5, 2016
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm: Focus group at Cache SD
2063 N 1200 E, Logan, UT 84341
Board Room

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm: Focus group at Ogden SD
1950 Monroe Blvd, Ogden, UT 84401
Building 2, Rooms PDCA and PDCB upstairs in the professional development building
DECEMBER 6, 2016
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm: Focus group at Washington SD
121 W Tabernacle, St George, UT 84770
South Board Room
DECEMBER 7, 2016
9:00 am – 12:00 pm: SPDG proposal meeting at USBE (TBD)
The meeting on December 7th has an undetermined location, and is planned for mainly USBE and UMTSS staff; however, if you wish to
attend that meeting, please contact
for the final location.

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm: Virtual CEEDAR SLT Meeting
Facilitated by Teri Marx from Glenna’s office
DECEMBER 8, 2016
9:00 am – 10:30 am: USEAM presentation
Jones Center, 382 Baird Ave, Salt Lake City, UT 84115
Heritage Room

11:00 am – 12:30 pm: Focus group at the Utah Parent Center
230 W 200 S, Suite 1101, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Free parking is available – download parking instructions here

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Utah Parent Center Newsletter – 24 October 2016

In This Issue…

New Position Available at the Utah Parent Center


The Utah Parent Center is currently accepting resumes and letters of interest for a qualified part-time Development Coordinator, a new position at the Center. The Center is a successful nonprofit organization that needs skilled, highly dedicated, highly motivated people who care about our mission and the people we have served for more than 33 years!

Please review the Position Announcement  that outlines general information about the position responsibilities and qualifications. Please review the information carefully when responding with your interest in this position.

We are accepting letters of interest and resumes through Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.  Don’t wait! Apply or share this information with interested individuals.

Submit your letter of interest, resume, credentials, etc. to:

Helen W. Post
Executive Director, Utah Parent Center
By email:
By mail to: 230 West 200 South, Suite #1101, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Download Position Announcement

Section 504 Review and Students with Medical Disabilities

Thanks to a special one-time grant from the Interagency Outreach Training Initiative (IOTI) in 2015-16, we were able to host this unique webinar on Section 504 Review and Students with Medical Disabilities.  After viewing, please take the time to complete the brief evaluation that will appear at the conclusion of the webinar. The feedback that you provide will help us as we plan for and carry out future training. Please click the title below to view the webinar.

Section 504 Review and Students with Medical Disabilities

Presented by: Utah State Office of Education
Length:  26 Minutes

Children with disabilities who qualify for special education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) receive services under an IEP plan. However, some children with disabilities do not receive services under an IEP but are instead served under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504). This interactive webinar, presented by Jennifer Slade and Naté Dearden at the Utah State Office of Education, will describe similarities as well as differences between the IDEA and Section 504. For some children, providing the appropriate modifications and accommodations they need is the only way they will be successful in their school experiences. A thorough understanding of the provisions of these two laws and how they differ can help you and your child’s teachers plan the most appropriate education for your child.

Related information for Section 504:

Additional Online Section 504 Training Webinars and Videos:

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