Module 12: The IEP Team

_________________________________Alert! Alert! Because NICHCY’s website will only remain online until September 30, 2014, most of its rich content has moved to a new home, the Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR), where it can be kept up to date. The new address of Module 12: The IEP Team at the CPIR is: Lisa Küpper NICHCY | National … [Read more...]

All About the IEP

by Elaine Mulligan Think you know all you need to know about your child’s IEP – or that her teacher does? Maybe not! Too often we fall into the bad habit of “trusting the process” without making sure that we understand the process. School districts develop forms, checklists, and procedures and we don’t always feel comfortable asking why we’re doing what we’re doing. Why does it matter? The IEP should identify your child’s strengths … [Read more...]

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...]

Who’s on my child’s IEP team?

This 3-page fact sheet from the PACER Center discusses the roles and responsibilities of the individuals who are required to attend a child's IEP meeting: a representative from the school agency, the regular education teacher, the special education teacher, and parents. (posted April 24, 2013) … [Read more...]

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