Ask Catherine Your IEP Question Here

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.

Need help: www.catherinewhitcher.com

Next Step, Become a Master IEP Coach www.masterIEPcoach.com

Listen on Apple Podcasts

Listen on Spotify

Listen on Google Podcasts

Continue Reading...

Summer Priorities to Avoid Fall IEP Chaos

Trust me. These 3 steps can make a HUGE impact for special needs parents and special education teachers looking to avoid chaos when we return to school in the Fall.

Finish all 3 step in under 30 minutes and sleep better at night knowing that you've made progress towards creating the best school year possible.

Need Help? www.specialedinnercircle.com
Become a Master IEP Coach www.masterIEPcoach.com

Listen on iTunes

Listen on Spotify

Continue Reading...

What's next for Special Education?

What’s next for Special Education?

Permanent distance learning plans in all IEPs? I hope so.

Technology supports in all IEPs? I hope so.

Appropriate IEP goals that prepare students for the real world? YES!

It’s finally time to get rid of the 1980’s version of Special Education that we see in so many schools today.

Teachers want old school IEPs gone. Parents are ready to toss the old versions out the window. So now here’s our chance.

Special Education has fallen apart. Our awesome IEP teams are trying to hold it together. Let’s put back the pieces that matter, get rid of the out dated excuses at the higher up levels, and finally help all students be prepared for this new normal.

That’s exactly what we’re doing as Master IEP Coaches across the nation. Enrollment for the next mentorship is open. Start Here to Learn More: www.masterIEPcoach.com

 

Continue Reading...

Transition Triggers are NEEDED for Crisis Schooling

Triggers. We usually think of the word "trigger" as a negative. We get triggered and the result is anger or meltdowns. Especially when we are discussing Special Education, behavior plans and supporting a child in a successful school day.

Today, we're going to reframe the word "trigger" into a good thing. Something that you need. An action your child might be craving because it will help this new confusing world feel just a little bit easier.

We've heard a million times how this disruption of routine has upset everyone, specifically students who thrive in routines. We can't get the old routines back, just yet, but we can break down what the routine did, what purpose it served, and work together to implement a trigger. Not a full routine, a trigger.

Remember, when this crisis started and everyone was posting cutesy rainbow colored scheduled with breaks and work time, all while making a homemade dinner from scratch. This was going to be their new routine. It didn't work. At least not...

Continue Reading...

PODCAST: Errorless Learning for Distance Learning with Alyssa

 

 

Alyssa is a Special Education teacher who knows her stuff when it comes to setting up students for success.

If you've never heard of Errorless Learning before, lean in and listen... it's perfect ALL the time, but especially awesome during this time of distance learning during the crisis.

Learn More from Alyssa & Get Dozens of Freebies at: www.simplyspecialed.com/

Grab Your Free IEP Checklist: www.iepchecklist.com

Listen on iTunes

Listen on Spotify

Continue Reading...

IEP Resources or Resourcefulness? No Excuses, You Choose.

 

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.

Click Here and Subscribe on iTunes & Never Miss an Episode!  

Continue the conversation at www.specialedinnercircle.com

Continue Reading...

A New Piece of Inclusion We Must Consider

 

Inclusive experiences between special education and general education students within Generation Z are going to need more support for all students than ever before. Use this new perspective to build inclusive experiences that are successful for everyone involved. 

Book: Generation Z  Unfiltered by Tim Elmore

Master IEP Coach Mentorship: www.masterIEPcoach.com

 

 

Continue Reading...

Podcast: 504s vs IEPs - What's the Difference?

 

Podcast Highlights:


IEPs vs 504s is a hot topic in special education. I'm going to go over six points, real quick, just to give you an overview so you know what questions to ask next about supports for your child at school.


(00:51)
The first thing that you need to know, point number one is that there is a difference between which law is governing this document that's going to help a child with their education. So here's my disclaimer. I'm not a lawyer, I'm not practicing the law, but I am telling you where to look. So if you're going to start pursuing an IEP, you're going to be looking at IDEA law.  For a 504 plan, you're looking at the section 504 of the rehabilitation act of 1973.

(01:55)
Each of these documents have accountability systems set up. It's just knowing where you need to look and who you need to talk to about the support documents. 504's get a bad reputation for not being enforceable. It's not that it's not enforceable, it's that it's enforceable in...

Continue Reading...

Finding the Right Special Education Classroom is hard!

 

 Struggling to figure out if your child or students are in the right classroom?

Take 3 minutes and find out how to use this key word phrase "Full Continuum of Placements" to take the next steps!

Don't forget to grab your free IEP Checklists at www.iepchecklists.com

Special Needs Parents & Special Education Teams... I know you have heavy decisions to make in special education. Follow your gut. Listen to your heart. You got this!

Video Notes: 

00:01 Hey Special Needs Parents and Special Education Teachers,

We're going to jump into a hot topic when it comes to making decisions in the IEP. There's this big place on the back of the document that states what a child's placement is going to be.

There should be three options listed or more that have been considered for our child and one of those options has been chosen. Now choosing the right classroom or finding the right placement for a child who has an IEP can be super tough.

I know this from being a special...

Continue Reading...

You can't put that in the IEP!

 

It doesn't matter what your role is at the IEP table, you either have already heard this crazy statement or it's coming your way... "We can't put that in the IEP!"

Take 7 minutes, watch this video and I'll tell you the most ridiculous reason I've ever heard for not putting IMPORTANT details in an IEP.

Then I'll tell you how to get around it!

If you like the simplicity and to the point action steps for changing IEPs in this video, then you'll LOVE the Special Education Inner Circle... come join us

Learn More About the Special Education Inner Circle Here

Continue Reading...
1 2
Close

50% Complete

FREE! Virtual IEP Prep Webinar

Special Needs Parents & Teachers, Get the replay sent right to your inbox so you can watch anytime!