Be Prepared: Simple Steps to Get Ready for an IEP Meeting (page 2)
Before the IEP Meeting
- Confirm the meeting date/time and that the list of participants is complete.
- Review the current IEP to be familiar with the contents and meeting format.
- List your child’s strengths and needs; include goals you would like your child to achieve over the next year.
- Know what special education rights and responsibilities you and your child have.
- Contact parent groups for resources and training related to special education and your child’s disability.
- Prepare questions you have for the team.
During the IEP Meeting
- Find out how your child will participate in the regular classroom, non-academic activities with peers and assessments.
- Determine appropriate modifications, accommodations and related services.
- Discuss transition planning appropriate to your child’s grade level.
- Ask for interpretation of test results and clarification of new terms or programs.
- Get answers to your question(s) or ask that someone get back to you later.
- Expect to receive a copy of the IEP and new evaluations or reports.
After the IEP Meeting
- Periodically review the IEP to compare it with class work and progress reports.
- Regularly talk to your child and teacher to monitor IEP progress and satisfac-tion.
- Encourage your child to do well in school and learn self-advocacy skills.
- Hold an IEP review meeting if concerns develop that cannot be easily resolved.
- Network with other families and parent groups to learn more about the special education process.
- Maintain a system of keeping track of important school reports and notices.
- Be sure to take notes throughout the process.
Tips for Building Partnerships
- Be involved in the decision-making process for your son or daughter.
- Everyone’s role on the team is equally important. Respect each other’s opinions and unique position. Trust that each member has genuine concern for the student.
- Invite your student to team meetings.
- Maintain regular communication with teachers to be involved in your child’s education and school activities.
- Work as a team to identify your child’s needs and collaborate to explore options to ensure his or her success.
- Invite school staff to attend a workshop or conference with you to learn more about your child’s disability or strategies for improving academic success.
- Share your child’s success stories with staff – as well as concerns.
- Ask for clarification about the schoodistrict special education structure. Know who to contact if you have questions or concern.
- If you have questions or concerns, approach your child’s teacher first. If necessary, include school administration or the special education director in the problem-solving process.
- If you still have questions or would like to receive special education resources, contact your Parent Information Network Specialist (PINS).
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