The Importance of Including Your Child in the IEP Meeting

by Dennise Goldberg Cross-posted from Special Education Advisor We as parents spend a lot of time advocating for our children when they are young. However, there comes a time when our children become older and they have to learn how to advocate for themselves; knowing when the time is right will depend on your child. If your child is still attending elementary school, they are most likely NOT mature enough to participate. For those of you who … [Read more...]

Teachers on the Team

by Lisa Küpper National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)  So you made the team—the IEP team, that is, of a student with a disability. That’s a very good thing, because as a general or special educator you bring critical experience and educational know-how to the discussions that go on at IEP team meetings. This blog takes a closer look at what your role on the team involves and why it’s so important that you’re … [Read more...]

IEP/IFSP facilitation

IEP/IFSP Facilitation: Practical Insights and Programmatic Considerations briefly summarizes practical insights and promising practices for IEP/IFSP facilitation, collected from a broad review of facilitation and special education literature. Among the highlights are strategies that can be used prior to and during a meeting as well as considerations for those designing and managing facilitation programs. From CADRE, the National Center on Dispute … [Read more...]

Six things you might not know about IEPs

By Elaine Mulligan National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)It’s time to start a new school year, and that means familiarizing yourself with the IEPs of your students with disabilities. For most teachers, that means checking out each student’s learning goals for the year and, if appropriate, the accommodations the student needs in the classroom. But there’s so much more to the IEP! Here are six aspects of the IEP … [Read more...]

Individualized Education Programs: Legal Requirements and Research Findings

September 2013Read the article (PDF)About this ArticleThe individual education program (IEP) is of critical importance to educators, parents, and students. Through the IEP process school-based teams (a) assess the educational needs of a student, (b) develop meaningful and measurable goals that direct the student's program, (c) develop and implement a program of special education and related services, and (d) monitor the student's progress toward his … [Read more...]

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