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School based education

These educational programs are designed to provide students and staff with proper information related to seizure recognition and first aid, as well as to alleviate the stigma and misconceptions surrounding epilepsy in the school environment.

There are several ISBE approved ways to complete the state-mandated Seizure First Aid training, please choose what is best for you:

In-Person or Virtually
Please complete this form to submit a training request. We will respond within 48 business hours.

Global Compliance Network
Ed Learners Network

Scheduled Webinars
Hosted by the Epilepsy Foundation of America. Please refer to this website for a current listing of scheduled webinars, hosted by Patty Shafer, RN.

If you have any questions, please contact Ayesha Akhtar at

Seizure Training for School Personnel

The Seizure Training for School Personnel program is available free of charge face-to-face and online. The training covers seizure recognition, first aid, and treatment options. Also included is a discussion on the impact seizures and epilepsy can have on students academically, and the importance of implementing a seizure action plan in the school setting. The program provides teachers and other school personnel with information needed to recognize seizures, respond with appropriate first aid, and understand the impact seizures have on students. It is for elementary, middle, and secondary school staff, including teachers, administrators, cafeteria workers, security guards, custodians, or anyone else that will come in contact with students.

  • The Face-to-Face Training is 1 hour-long, covers the above topics, and provides 1 Contact Hour from the IL State Board of Education.  To set up a face-to-face training at your school please contact Ayesha Akhtar at
  • The Online Training is also 60 minutes long, but you can leave and come back; the program will save your progress. You will take a short test before the program just to see how much you currently know about seizures and epilepsy, and one following the program to see how much you’ve learned. It is important to listen to all of the content and not skip sections or lose attention – this is for the safety of students and staff alike so it is in your best interest to focus.  School personnel who complete the program and score an 80% or better on the test that follows the lesson can earn 0.1 ANSI/IACET Continuing Education Units, or 0.1 Category I Continuing Education contact hours for Certified Health Education Specialists through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). More information on obtaining Continuing Education Credits will be located later in the program.

Click here to complete the online training

Click here to watch the Seizures in School video

Seizure Training for Childcare Personnel

This 75-minute session focuses on seizure recognition and first aid in a childcare setting. This program will provide childcare providers and early childhood educators with information needed to recognize seizures and their impact on children, and how to respond with appropriate and safe first aid. CEUs are available. For more information, please contact Ayesha Akhtar at

Managing Students with Seizures

This 2.5-hour training provides school nurses with information, strategies and resources that allow them to better manage students with seizures in a school setting.  The training focuses on positive treatment outcomes and maximizing developmental and educational opportunities.  Also included, seizure types, first aid, treatment options, and how to educate other school staff.  The training is available in-person or online.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited as a provider of Continuing Nursing Education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This activity provides 2.2 contact hours.

The learner must complete the three modules in their entirety and obtain a minimal passing score of 80% on the post test. In addition, each participant must complete a pre-test, post-test, and a final evaluation form on the CDC’s online CEU center to receive a Certificate of Completion designating 2.2 contact hours. There is no partial credit awarded.

The CDC has been approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102. The CDC is authorized by IACET to offer 0.3 ANSI/IACET CEU’s for this program.

There is no commercial support for this activity.

This activity is sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under cooperative agreement number1U58DP003832-02. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the CDC.

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For more information, please contact Ayesha Akhtar at

Seizure Smart Students

Seizure Smart Students is a 30-45 minute age appropriate training that covers seizure recognition, first aid, and treatment options. For more information, please contact Ayesha Akhtar at

For more information or to make an appointment, please contact Ayesha Akhtar at


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