People ask me all the time how after two decades of working on IEPs I can still be excited, joyful and full of hope.
It's because I refused to get burnt out by all the fighting words and actions in Special Education.
Parents & Teachers, I get why Special Education struggles are real, but if you take these 4 steps... you'll be able to work through those exhausting days knowing that there is a bright future ahead for all of our children and students.
Too many IEP goals can lead to chaos inside of a child's school day. Learn steps to Measure What Matters inside (and outside) of a child's school day and see more progress than ever before!
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LIVE Podcast Recording: The Special Education Inner Circle - Your IEP Checklist
This is NOT an old school IEP checklist!
IEPs have many boxes to check and forms to fill out, but somehow it always feels like we are missing something when we leave the IEP table.
Use these 13 IEP Checkpoints to fill in the gaps and create a more collaborative IEP meeting.
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It's time to think about Inclusion + IEPs differently to help students receive an appropriate education that truly prepares them for further education, employment, and independent living.
1. Inclusion is an experience, not a place.
2. Inclusion should be centered on strengths & reflect the real world.
3. Inclusion needs to be a written plan inside of the IEP Ready for more?
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Have you ever thought of picking up and moving to a better district? Almost every special needs parent & IEP team member I've ever talked to has had the same dream. But, will IEP progress really improve in a district with more resources? Maybe. Maybe Not.
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With dozens of pages in every IEP it can be hard to focus and prioritize for everyone at the IEP table.
When you look at the details in these 6 areas of the IEP, the rest can fall into place.
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Special Needs Parents, Special Education Teachers + Teams, you got this!
I could talk for hours about what a Master IEP Coach® is and is not, but let me try and sum it up quickly. We are parents, teachers, therapists and admins, who KNOW that Special Education shouldn't be so hard. We have the tools and strategies to make it easier!
For 20+ years I've been sitting at IEP tables, sometimes brought in by parents, sometimes by district, but all the time putting the child first.
Families & teachers had been asking me for years to learn to do what I do and I always said NO because trying to teach decades of experience in workshops would be too hard. I couldn't figure out how to make it happen... until a few years ago.
Thank goodness for technology! I've bundled up all of my tools and created a Master IEP Coach® mentorship + network for every parent, teacher, therapist and admin who wants to make the IEP process easier for everyone, but most importantly, more effective for the child.
So after TWO DECADES of being in the trenches I've...
Let's get focused on where to look in your IEP paperwork!
Yes, there are dozens of boxes to check and forms to fill out, but when you focus on these 6 pieces, everything else fits together smoothly.
1. Parent Input Statement - No matter where you live in the country, every IEP has a section for parents to share their vision, concerns, and input. This area can be a huge driver for an IEP being focused on the child's needs vs getting wrapped up in school district objectives.
2. Data - Where is your child or student at right now? Can you share the data to back it up? Data isn't just for annual meetings. We all need to know what data was collected and what data will be collected for a child to be successful.
3. Measurable Goals - No need to overcomplicate. Keep the goal simple and measurable. No opinions needed. Just the facts!
4. Home to School Communication Plan - Yes, this should be documented. How often communication will happen and what will be communicated is so important. Not...
1. Listen in on what a Parent Input statement is and where to find it.
2. Get out your child's or a student's IEP and look for this section.
3. If you can't find it, go here and I'll help you www.specialedinnercircle.com
4. If this section is clear in the IEP, CELEBRATE!
5. If not, fill your coffee cup and join me at www.specialedinnercircle.com so I can help!
See you on the inside!