The Special Education Process in North Dakota - Pathfinder Workshop Series

The Special Education Process in North Dakota is series of workshops developed by Pathfinder Services of ND.  Whether you are a parent of children with learning difficulties, or a professional who provides services for these families and their children, these workshops are designed to help you understand how special education is implemented in the state of North Dakota. The information presented in these workshops comes from the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (NDDPI) Office of Special Education and the Center for Parent Information and Resources training curriculum Building the Legacy: IDEA.


Interested in hosting one of our workshops?

Host an in-person workshop in your area! Our workshops are a great opportunity for parents, youth and young adults, and professionals to gain in-depth knowledge, get hands-on experience, and learn evidence-based strategies. Our presenters will help you understand a topic and practice what to do under real-world conditions. Our workshops are also a great opportunity to meet and network with families and professionals.

Pathfinder Services of ND is a statewide organization, so our workshops are available throughout North Dakota.

Parent organizations, schools, and professional agencies are welcome to contact Pathfinder Services of ND for information on how to schedule a workshop in their area. Workshop sessions can be tailored to meet individual group needs and interests. Our workshops include interactive activities and related resources. Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 701-857-7500 to learn more.

About the Workshops

The Top 10 Basics of the Special Education Process

The Top 10 Basics of the Special Education Process
If you are a parent or professional beginning your journey through the special education process in North Dakota, this workshop is for you.  You will learn the basic steps of the special education process from referral to the annual review of the student’s individualized education program (IEP).

The Why, What, and How of the Special Education Evaluation Process

The Why, What, and How of the Special Education Evaluation Process
This two-part workshop answers many of the key questions often asked about the North Dakota special education evaluation process.

  • Part 1 - The Why and What of Evaluation
    When a child is not progressing according to expectations and may need additional services, what is your next step? This workshop is designed to help you understand why a special education evaluation is completed and what the key requirements of a special education evaluation are.
  • Part 2 - The How of Evaluation
    How are the key requirements for a special education evaluation incorporated into the ND evaluation process? Each component of the process "flows" into the next one to create an end product of an accurate, comprehensive, and individualized evaluation. This workshop reviews each of these components and several of the IDEA requirements that are embedded within each one.

Building an Individualized Education Program (IEP)

Building an Individualized Education Program (IEP)
This two-part workshop helps parents and professionals the process and the framework of an appropriate and individualized education program.

  • Part 1 - The Bricks and Mortar of the IEP Process
    What are several of the key requirements of the IEP process? This workshop summarizes IEP timelines, the qualifications and responsibilities of required IEP team members, and guidance on building and maintaining a strong partnership between all IEP team members.
  • Part 2 - Individualized Education Program (IEP): The Blueprint
    Understanding the IEP planning process is one of the key factors in developing a well-planned and comprehensive IEP. This workshop provides an overview of the main purposes of the IEP planning process, including a decision making framework comprised of the key IEP components included in the North Dakota IEP process.