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Mitchell Yell

Mitchell L. Yell, Ph.D., is the Fred and Francis Lester Palmetto Chair in Teacher Education and a Professor in Special Education at the University of South Carolina. He earned his Ph.D. in special education from the University of Minnesota. His professional interests include special education law, IEP development, progress monitoring, and parent involvement in special education. Dr. Yell has published 124 journal articles, 6 textbooks, 32 book chapters, and has conducted numerous workshops on various aspects of special education law, classroom management, and progress monitoring. His textbook, Special Education and the Law, is in its 5th edition. He also had been awarded almost $16 million in grants. Dr. Yell also serves as a State-level due process review officer in South Carolina. Prior to working in higher education, Dr. Yell was a special education teacher in Minnesota for 14 years.

Resources on Virtual IEP Team Meetings

In these unusual times, holding IEP meetings can be quite a challenge.  The IDEA does allow a student’s IEP meeting to be held through alternative means, such virtual meetings (e.g., Zoom, Go-To-Meeting, Microsoft Team) if parents and school personnel agree to this (IDEA Regulations, 34 C.F.R.§ 300.328). The following National […]

Covid-19 and Special Education

Mitchell L. Yell, Ph.D. The Covid-19 pandemic is having an unprecedented effect on education.  With schools being out of session until probably the 2020-2021 academic year, administrators and teachers are having to determine how best to educate students when they cannot attend school.  This can present unique issues if a […]

U.S. Department of Education issues Question & Answer document on the Supreme Court’s ruling in Endrew

On December 7, 2017, the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) in the U.S. Department of Education issued a question and answer document on the U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling in Endrew v. Douglas County School District (2017).  The question and answer document can be found at https://www2.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/idea/memosdcltrs/qa-endrewcase-12-07-2017.pdf The intent […]