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1 7 Habits of Highly Effective IEP Teams With special thanks to Stephen Covey (author of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People)

2 Habit #1: Be proactive Habit #1: Be proactive “Taking initiative does not mean being pushy, obnoxious, or aggressive. It does mean recognizing our responsibility to make things happen."

3 What Can You Do to Be Proactive? Keep information organized in a binder.  Keep information organized in a binder.

4 What Can You Do to Be Proactive cont’d ?  Start preparing weeks in advance. Prior to the IEP

5 What Can You Do to Be Proactive cont’d ? Do your homework.  Do your homework.

6 What Can You Do to Be Proactive cont’d ? Suggest the use of a common  Suggest the use of a common planning format. planning format.

7 What Can You Do to Be Proactive cont’d ? Determine who is to assist your child in preparing for and participating in the IEP.  Determine who is to assist your child in preparing for and participating in the IEP.

8 What Can You Do to Be Proactive cont’d ? Volunteer to distribute and collect  Volunteer to distribute and collect the preplanning forms. the preplanning forms. Even better, suggest to your child that he/she distribute and collect the preplanning forms.

9 What Can You Do to Be Proactive cont’d ? Ask that copies of all paperwork be provided to everyone in advance of the meeting.  Ask that copies of all paperwork be provided to everyone in advance of the meeting.

10 What Can You Do to Be Proactive cont’d ? Share the recommendations that your are going to make with the IEP team in advance.  Share the recommendations that your are going to make with the IEP team in advance.  Ask what recommendations are likely to be made at the meeting by school personnel

11 Habit #2: Begin with the end in mind Habit #2: Begin with the end in mind "(This habit)...is based on imagination - the ability to envision, to see the potential, to create with our minds what we cannot at present see with our eyes..."

12 Why do you begin with the end in mind? “…you’ve got to have a dream. If you don’t have a dream, how you gonna talk about dreams come true? If you don’t talk happy and you’ve got no dreams, then you never gonna have a dream come true.” “Happy Talk” South Pacific Oscar Hammerstein II

13 How do you begin with the end in mind? Write down your dreams, your vision for your child’s future, your goals. Frame it. Share it. Get others to invest in it with you. As your child gets older change the dream/goals to reflect what he or she wants. When you decide upon where it is you are trying to get to, the IEP becomes an individualized roadmap.

14 Activity: Wide Awake Dreams School dreamsFuture dreams

15 Habit #3: Put first things first Habit #3: Put first things first "Create a clear, mutual understanding of what needs to be accomplished, focusing on what, not how; results not methods. Spend time. Be patient. Visualize the desired result."

16 Decide what your priorities are What is a priority? A priority is something or someone that is rated uniquely important based on one's values and goals (dreams).

17 How do you prioritize? 1. 1.Think about desired outcomes based on your goals or dreams for the future.

18 How do you prioritize ? 2. Write them down Future DreamsDesired Outcomes this year Important 2/4

19 How do you prioritize cont’d ? 3. 3. Plot them on the chart below Not important Important Urgent Not urgent Traffic safety Sorting shapesZippering jacket  

20 Habit #4: Think win-win "Win-Win is a frame of mind that constantly seeks mutual benefit in all human interactions. Win-Win means that agreements or solutions are mutually beneficial and satisfying."

21 How do you negotiate in a win-win way?   Paint a person-centered picture of your child.   Describe your child’s needs based on the years that you have known your child.   Don’t be afraid to share your dreams for your child’s future.   Know what you want and what you give on.

22 How do you negotiate in a win-win way cont’d ?   At the meeting begin by thanking people for their efforts on your child’s behalf.

23 How do you negotiate in a win-win way cont’d ?   Keep the focus on what is appropriate for your child. I know we all want what is best for Joey!

24 How do you negotiate in a win-win way cont’d ? How do you negotiate in a win-win way cont’d ?   Bring a picture of Suzie if Suzie isn’t present herself.

25   Serve refreshments. How do you negotiate in a win-win way cont’d ? How do you negotiate in a win-win way cont’d ?

26 How do you negotiate in a win-win way cont’d ?   Work to develop a collaborative relationship even before the meeting. Share with your child’s case manager the concerns you will be sharing at the meeting, and the requests you will be making Complete preplanning forms and make sure they get to team members before the meeting

27 Activity: Characteristics of Collaboration Connected and successful? or Isolated and removed?

28 Habit #5: Seek first to understand, then to be understood Habit #5: Seek first to understand, then to be understood “We typically seek first to be understood. Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply. They're either speaking or pre-paring to speak. They're filtering every-thing through their own [experience].”

29 1. 1. Make eye contact 2. 2. Clear your mind of other things 3. 3. Ask for further explanation if you are unclear on what is being said 4. 4. Specifically ask that jargon and acronyms not be used 5. 5. Bring a friend to take notes for you so that you can be fully present in the discussion How do you listen with the goal of understanding?

30 Activity: Active Listening Choose a partner Share information Report back and check for accuracy

31 Habit #6: Synergize Habit #6: Synergize "Synergy works; it's a correct principle. It is the crowning achievement of all the previous habits. It is effectiveness in an interdependent reality-- it is team- work, team building, the develop- ment of unity and creativity with other human beings."

32 Activity: Together We Are Better Individually count the number of squares in the following slide When I tell you to get with a partner and compare your numbers Adjust your answer if you want to as a team

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34 Help your team “synergize” 1. 1. Encourage the input of all team members by suggesting that a preplanning process be used 2. 2. Use a round robin approach to encourage participation by all team members 3. 3. Unless there is a really great reason for excusing an IEP team member from the meeting, ask that everyone be present 4. 4. Ask for written contributions in advance if a team member can’t attend

35 Habit #7: Sharpen the saw "This is the habit of renewal...It circles and embodies all the other habits. It is the habit of continuous improvement... that lifts you to new levels of under-standing and living each of the habits."

36 Practical Tips for Habit #7 1. Take time to celebrate! 2. Share stories -- funny and serious 3. Offer words of appreciation 4. Acknowledge gifts and talents of all team members 5. Renew commitment to the journey


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