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IEPs & Chicken Nuggets

I don't know about you, but I'm tired of figuring out what's for dinner every night. That's why there's always a bag of chicken nuggets in the freezer. So I don't have to think. Just grab, cook, and move on with my day.

That's exactly how getting IEP answers and help should be for parents and teachers. If the thought of making IEP decisions is exhausting, you need people you can trust for help. A place where you can grab the IEP info you need, write it down, and move on with your day.

That's exactly what I've got for you inside of the Special Education Inner Circle. 

You've got staples in your freezer ready to save dinner and now you can have your own Master IEP Coach® team on standby waiting to help you.

Look here and if you've got questions, don't hesitate to email and ask!

With Hope & Determination Always,

Catherine Whitcher, M.Ed

P.S. If you think you know what the Special Education Inner Circle is because I've talked about it before... take a look again....

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[Webinar] Missed IEP Services + IEP Decisions

 

We've all been making tough decisions about what to do next for our child or our students who depend on an IEP for success both inside and outside of school.

In 60 minutes, I'll take you through 3 Things You Can Do in the Next 30 Days to make IEP decisions easier and.... listen in as parents and teachers asked questions about placements, assessments and homebound learning.

If you have IEP questions, there's an entire team of Master IEP Coaches® ready to help you. Their coffee cups are full and they have more resources than you'll ever find during your 1am google search. 

Get your IEP answers inside of the Special Education Inner Circle. START HERE

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Why Special Needs Parents REALLY DISLIKE Distance Learning

 

Why parents are not just worried about 3 months of remote learning. It's about the next 30 years.
 
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Podcast LIVE: 3 IEP Steps to Help with the Messy Back to School Season

 

Podcast LIVE: 3 IEP Steps to Help with the Messy Back to School Season

There are dozens of things we need to do when it comes to IEPs and back to school, but starting with these 3 will help parents and teachers ease the chaos.

Ready to solve special education struggles? Start at: www.masterIEPcoach.com

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Podcast LIVE: 3 IEP Steps to Help with the Messy Back to School Season

 

Podcast LIVE: 3 IEP Steps to Help with the Messy Back to School Season

There are dozens of things we need to do when it comes to IEPs and back to school, but starting with these 3 will help parents and teachers ease the chaos.

Ready to solve special education struggles? Start at: www.masterIEPcoach.com

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IEPs + Adoption + Master IEP Coach®, Markeisha

 

What it REALLY takes to become a Master IEP Coach...

Yesterday, I did my usual thing. I had my coffee, checked my emails, and prepped for a full day of working with Master IEP Coaches to help them get their message out to their community.

But, Markeisha, who put on her Master IEP Coach t-shirt and filled her mug, did NOT do her usual thing yesterday. 

She is a former teacher and an adoptive mom who began the adoption process through the foster system.

Her son had struggles from the day they met and even with all of her professional background, she had to navigate the special education system in a whole new way. 

She has a story to tell and HOPE to give to families who going through the foster system process with children who have disabilities. 

She has strategies that families need to know about and being part of the Master IEP Coach community...

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IEP Meetings are NOT Dumping Grounds for Complaints

 

Your IEP meeting has an extraordinary amount of collective knowledge at the table. Let's not waste time by dumping all of our complaints into the middle to start sorting.

Instead, take these 3 steps and experience an extremely productive IEP meeting that yields results for your child/student.

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Student Safety in Special Ed - There's section in the IEP for Training!

One of the most unknown sections of the IEP is a box that is titled something like "Training for Personnel". Did you know this can include parents?
Did you know this can include safety and behavior training?

Listen to the latest episode of the Special Education Inner Circle Podcast to get ideas on how you can use this section of the IEP as both a school staff member and a parent!

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Student Safety: Special Education Supports for Teachers & Parents

Every IEP has a section called "Supports for School Personnel and Parent Training".

Maybe yours is titled just a little bit different because of the IEP program your district uses to write the IEP, but I promise you, it's there.

I love this section of the IEP. It can bring us together as a team. It can make sure that nobody fails a student due to "not knowing". It's the one place where we can truly be proactive in a child's education to make sure everything is as accessible as possible.

We can use this area in many different ways. From healthcare training for students who have special diets to helping a team fully understand how a diagnosis of ADHD might effect a child in a general education classroom.

We can also use this area for safety and behavior training, which is top of mind for me right now as I lead Master IEP Coaches® in how to support students going back to school in the Fall.

We've been out of school for way too long. So much is going to be changed when we go back....

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How to Use the IEP for Child Safety

Your child (or student's) safety should always be top of mind when designing an IEP.

Maybe you're thinking "Of course, it is! I make sure everyone knows what to do to keep my child safe. I write emails. I have meetings. Then I just have to hope that everyone understands."

You're definitely doing the right thing as a parent or teacher if you're talking about safety. Having meetings. Sending emails back and forth.

But there's one more place that you MUST get everything documented.

Every IEP (Yes, even in your district.) has a place for staff training. 

Use it. Be clear. Lay out the details. 

A safety plan of what to do when meltdowns or eloping happens is only going to work if EVERYONE possible knows what to do.

This includes the librarian, the front office and sometimes even the custodial staff. Oh, and don't forget the general education teachers too.

Coming up this week on the podcast I'm going to share with you two stories... One about a boy who was so angry at his high...

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