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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.

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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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Pop IEP Quiz

Parents and Teachers are scrolling through social media, stressing out over what they need to do next in the IEP process. The rumors about signing or not signing the IEP and missed services are popping up everywhere. It's time for you to figure out what YOU need to do to move forward without feeding into the IEP frenzy.

Pop IEP Quiz Answers

1. Parents Need to Sign the IEP for Changes to Happen. MAYBE. It depends on what state you live in and what type of changes are being proposed. My teaching degree is in IL and the laws in IL do NOT require any parent signature to implement changes on the IEP (with a very few exceptions). We have a funky 10 day waiver that basically tells parents, sign this for services to change now or choose not to agree and we will make the changes in 10 days, anyway. Then parents have 10 days to work things out with the IEP team.

You absolutely cannot follow the generic advice you get on social media to "not sign the IEP". Both parents and teachers need...

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You Don't Have to Be Combative at the IEP Table

"You don't have to be combative at the IEP table" and our Master IEP Coach® Community is "like a sisterhood or sorority and you can't put a price on that".
In our uncertain times in education, it's more important that ever for Special Needs Parents and Special Education Teachers to find their people and their priorities.
We've got both for you inside of the Master IEP Coach® Mentorship!
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3 IEP Goal Writing Steps for Every Parent and Teacher

IEP goals are NOT for keeping up with the other kids or meeting random curriculum standards.

Special Needs Parents and Special Education Teachers can take these 3 quick IEP steps to change IEP goals (for the better!) forever.

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Critical IEP Decisions for Remote Learning


IEP teams are struggling through remote learning decisions, but you absolutely can avoid IEP devastation.

There are 5 Mistakes you must avoid as a Special Needs Parent or Special Education Teacher when making IEP Remote Learning Decisions.

Together, I'll walk you through these 5 mistakes and what every child REALLY needs to benefit from remote learning. Avoiding long term negative IEP consequences from remote learning is possible!

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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.

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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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