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Special Learning Needs Professional Development Opportunities

SIPDC offers a variety of in-person and online trainings to enhance effective teaching and learning strategies for all students. As part of these offerings, Special Learning Needs are defined and specific strategies are provided including accommodations for disabilities.

  • The Foundations of Special Learning Needs focuses on informal assessments and instructional practices for all.
  • The Institute to Credential Special Learning Needs Resource Specialists is a nationally recognized training in existence in Illinois since 1999. The Institute enables the credentialed completer to administer and interpret the Payne Learning Needs Inventory, make recommendations on instruction improvement and enable the program to effectively address the needs of all students.

The Foundations training, as well the Institute to Credential Special Learning Needs Resource Specialists, are part of the ICCB Instructional Staff Professional Pathways for Special Learning Needs. Successful completion of the Foundations training will provide credit towards completion of the Institute. Foundations training can also be completed as a stand-alone module.  

All Special Learning Needs in-person and online professional development offerings, as part of the ICCB Professional Development Network, can be found here on the Excellence in Adult Education - Professional Development Portal.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please email

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