This morning the conversation on FB all started with "how can I go observe my child in class, if the team says no" and then this happened...
We started talking about how we can help general education teachers read IEPs.
Then we couldn't help it, we jumped into talking about medical dx vs educational eligibility.
Master IEP Coaches were jumping on and helping parents in the comments while I was talking. Because that's just who they are... they are the ones making their coffee, while packing lunches, while answering IEP questions.
Then it happened... I cried. If you know me at all you know, I'm not a crier. Tears don't just flow for me. Sappy movies, weddings, none of it triggers me, BUT... when I think of the Master IEP Coaches who have finished the mentorship, who are helping families across the nation, who flew in to Chicago last summer for a mastermind day, who are dedicating their CAREERS to changing special education - break out the kleenex. I'm a mess.
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Did you receive your full IEP agenda before your last meeting?
Parents, Teachers & Therapists... did you know what to expect when you walked into your last IEP meeting?
I've sat in on over a thousand IEP meetings in the past decade and one thing I can tell you for certain, there is no "standard" IEP format for meetings.
Every school, every district, every state will run their meetings just a little bit different.
This can be intimidating or confusing to ANYONE at the IEP table!
It's time to eliminate UNNECESSARY stress at your next IEP meeting.
Ask for an IEP meeting agenda.
No matter what your role is on the IEP team, you should know what is being talked about and in what order, when you show up to the IEP table.
We can't serve children well if we aren't all aware of what is happening BEFORE we sit down at the table.
IEP Truth: There's no law that says there needs to be an agenda. There's no rule that says everyone needs to know what is happening before the meeting....
There are two F's that happen all the time in Special Education... watch the video and hear them loud and clear. (Sorry, I got a little fired up with everyone who was watching on FB when I was teaching. You might need to turn your volume down.)
Are you ready to take the two F's out of YOUR special education experience?
Say yes to one of these next steps and make it happen!
I can't wait to work with you!
O.M.Goodness! This video!!! I'm asked all the time how I still have overflowing passion and joy when it comes to special education and IEPs after 20+ years... little Sara saying "Thank you, Catherine" explains it all.
Meet Gracjana... Sara's mom. Her daughter is transitioning from Pre-K to Kindergarten, which we all know means there's a bit more stress involved than just an annual IEP meeting.
Hours of prep work, 4 programs visited, binders full of notes and plans.
The team expected the meeting to last more than 90 minutes. It didn't. In fact, we were done in one hour. In just 60 minutes we worked with the team to change two proposed IEP goals, get a plan in place for transitioning smoothly to the new school, modifications made to seating in the "bigger" school and even talked about (and agreed upon) how inclusion is going to work.
Gracjana is not only a rockstar special needs mom, but she has also completed the IEP Coach Mentorship. She is diving deep into special education...
Meet Jessica Kong! She's a special needs sibling (I didn't know that before this interview), a special needs parent and an IEP COACH!
Jessica completed the IEP Coach mentorship and is helping parents and IEP teams find solutions that WORK. (Find out more how you can become an IEP coach here.)
She shares how she uses a $1 book from Walmart, a luggage tag to help her son remember things, and how she got her IEP team to share information with her DAILY!
If you want to reach out to Jessica, you can send her a message through FB, click here.
If you're ready to learn how YOU can Become an IEP Coach... START HERE!
If you sit at an IEP table, this checklist is for you! Parents, teachers, therapists and support team members... you can all use this tool for your next IEP meeting!