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Get UNCOMFORTABLE at the IEP Table

Special Needs Parents and Teachers, It's often necessary to make others uncomfortable at the IEP table. Do it anyway. In fact, if you're feeling uncomfortable, you're probably doing everything RIGHT!

Changing IEP goals can be uncomfortable.
Discussing placements can be uncomfortable.
Giving updated data can be uncomfortable.

Telling people what they don't want to hear is just simply uncomfortable.

But, if you are speaking from facts, not feelings. And you are being truthful with compassion. You need to do what's right for your child or student at the IEP table.

Every. Time.

Even when it's uncomfortable.

Got an uncomfortable situation coming up with your IEP team? Become a Special Education Insider and let me help you through it!

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P.S. Notice I said uncomfortable, not "if you're fighting at the IEP table, you're doing things right" and I definitely did not say if you shame or blame at the IEP table...

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Special Ed Teachers Should NOT Have to Chose THIS!

I’ve sat at the IEP table as a teacher, wondering if I can say what I really want to say and not get a pink slip delivered in my mailbox on Friday.

I’ve sat at the IEP table, supporting parents, watching teachers squirm. I could see that look on their face. The internal struggle that I experienced so many years ago.

We’re 45 years into Special Education being mandated in all states. An appropriate education for every child should be happening everywhere. Yet, IEP teams are still struggling like this process is brand new.

Special Education Teachers went to school to master how to teach children with different abilities. They work the long hours and care with all their heart, but at some point, they will hit a crossroads…

Do I speak up or do I keep my job?

This shouldn’t be a choice they have to make.

Our Special Education system can do better.

You can be part of the solution.

If you’re nodding your head because you agree, then GO HERE RIGHT...

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Podcast: All or Nothing Mindset in Special Education

 

Should we eliminate Algebra 2 and teach more financial fundamentals in school? Many say YES, but what if we keep both and really decide what is most appropriate for a child?!?!

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Video Podcast: All or Nothing Mindset in Special Education

 

Should we eliminate Algebra 2 and teach more financial fundamentals in school? Many say YES, but what if we keep both and really decide what is most appropriate for a child?!?!

Build better IEPs as a Special Education Insider at www.specialedinnercircle.com

 

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PODCAST: IEP Roadmap 2021

Special Education took a huge detour in 2020 due to school shutdowns and missed services.

2021 is the opportunity to get IEPs back on track, but NOT like how things were before.

There are significant parts of the IEP YOU can change, but you need to have a plan.

That's why you need your 2021 IEP Roadmap!

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IEP Roadmap - Special Education Support for Parents and Teachers

 

Special Education needs to look different in 2021 than it did in 2020!  We took a detour, but you can get back on track. In fact, Special Education could be better than ever before!

Join us in the Special Education Inner Circle to download your IEP Roadmap get a surprise bonus for you too!

 

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HUGE Special Education Myth for Parents and Teachers

Uncategorized Oct 09, 2020

Special Education MYTH: It’s so hard to change the IEP, trust the IEP team, get the data, and feel confident that you’re making the best decisions both short and long term for a child.

Special Needs Parents feel this way.

Special Education Teachers feel this way.

And… it doesn’t have to be this way!

Things being “so hard” and ridiculously exhausting in special education happens simply because you only know how to do things the hard way!

 

STOP thinking you need meetings to change everything.

STOP being the teacher that has the least amount of sleep because you want the cutest decor and best data. (Can you guess which one I want you to slide on?)

STOP being the parent that looks at what everyone else is doing for their child. (FYI: The super angry parents doing all the official paperwork to throw IEP teams under the bus aren’t getting anywhere, right now.)

 

START: Surrounding yourself with people who refuse to get sucked...

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[Video] Podcast: Be Good and Do More Work, Strategy for Disaster

 

Using Special Education services and IEPs to help students become just like the “other students” is a HUGE mistake that happens way too often in our Special Needs community.

This strategy simply doesn’t work for 3 BIG reasons.

Let’s step out of the standard, old-fashioned way of using Special Education to “keep up” and jump into a more meaningful way of preparing a child for life both inside and outside of the classroom, now and forever.


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Podcast: Be Good and Do More Work, Strategy for Disaster

 

Using Special Education services and IEPs to help students become just like the “other students” is a HUGE mistake that happens way too often in our Special Needs community.

This strategy simply doesn’t work for 3 BIG reasons.

Let’s step out of the standard, old-fashioned way of using Special Education to “keep up” and jump into a more meaningful way of preparing a child for life both inside and outside of the classroom, now and forever.

Are you in? Join Us! www.specialedinnercircle.com

 

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Be Good and Do More Work is a Strategy for IEP Disaster

Using Special Education services and IEPs to help students become just like the “other students” is a HUGE mistake that happens way too often in our Special Needs community.

This strategy simply doesn’t work because…

1. We are all unique and trying to do something the exact same way at the exact same time as other students the same age is NOT easy for anybody!

2. We are cheating students out of discovering their own strengths because trying to keep up all the time is stealing their focus and self-confidence.

3. Long term, in the real world, we all (hopefully) end up learning that when we step into our individuality, we succeed at levels nobody thought possible.

I’m not saying that we shouldn’t have grade-level expectations for a reference or some standardized assessments to track areas of strengths and weaknesses.

I am saying that if we focus on all the “standard” stuff, all the time, we simply get more behind, more discouraged, and...

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