Tips for a Successful IEP Meeting! (with MEME's!)

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

So, I love Meme's and I love successful IEP meetings, so why not blend the two together?

(That's for my Office fans!)
Prep for the Meeting

Communicate with the parents- This should be a given right? We’ll you’d be surprised. My advice is to always ask for parent input in each are before even writing the IEP. I've never heard a parent complain that they had too much input into their child's IEP. Once you have a draft copy, send it home for the parent to look over, at least 1 week before the IEP meeting. About 2 days before the meeting, call the family and ask if they have any concerns about the goals. Nine times out of ten, you will get a BIG FAT NO. Whoop whoop, on to the meeting for you. IF they express concerns, try to clear up any of those before the meeting. If their concerns deal with a part of the IEP that you feel you cannot agree with them on, or it needs to be a team decision, then, take note, and bring it up at the meeting.

Convene the School Staff in Advance

School members can meet before the IEP to talk about any changes or concerns they may have before the meeting without the parent. Be careful though, to not predetermine anything that requires IEP team decisions. Sped law says that you can have informal, unscheduled, or conversations on issues like teaching methods, lesson planning,  or service coordination without the parent.

Organize your Data

Be a Data Nerd. Collect, collect, collect it. A wise man once said, “You can never have enough data.” ha-ha, I don’t exactly know who that wise man was, but I bet he worked in special ed!  If the parent’s indicate a concern like the student made no progress in Math and in your head you are like….No way, My data says, nope.  Make a line graph. Plot that data. A graph can show visual people what all your data here and there and on this and that page, and on this observation, and anecdotal record, and informal assessment, can’t.

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