What you will learn: What an IEP is Why you need to be part of your IEP team How to help write your IEP Much, much more !!
What is an IEP? Individual Education Program Your IEP talks about your special needs, what skills you need to improve, what you’ll do in school this year, what services your school will provide, and where your learning will take place.
What is the Purpose of an IEP? The IEP is a blueprint for your educational program. The IEP is to make sure that you, your family, and school staff knows what your educational program will be this year.
Where is the IEP Developed? The IEP is developed during an IEP meeting, where the people who are concerned with your education meet, discuss, and develop your IEP goals and objectives for the next year.
Who Comes to the IEP Meeting? You Your parents Your AES facilitator Your teachers Your principal Others you or the school think can help plan your program.
How Often is the IEP Meeting Held? Once a year, or more if you or your parents ask for IEPs more often.
Why Should I Participate in the IEP Meeting? You are the VIP at the IEP It’s your educational program everyone will be discussing in the meeting. Your opinions are an important part of this discussion. The law requires it when you turn 14.
What Should I Do if I Want to Participate in Developing my IEP? 1.Talk to your parents and teachers. 2.Review last year’s IEP. 3.Think about your strengths and weaknesses in school. 4.Write your goals for this school year. 5.Practice what you want to say at the meeting.
What does my IEP Look Like? Review each section Ask clarification questions Highlight statements that you disagree with Add your own ideas for things you think need to be added
Cover Page Demographics Disability Team Participants (Is your name here?)
Present Level of Performance What can I do now? What are my strength areas? What are my weaknesses? What enhances my learning? What are barriers to my learning?
Transition Plans Vision – What do I want to do when I graduate? Transition – Activities that will help me when I graduate? Four year plan? Courses I want to take Outcomes-What do I need to accomplish before I graduate so I will be successful after I graduate?
Annual Goals and Objectives What do I want to be able to do by this time next year? As you review your goals and objectives += completed goal/objective - = incomplete goal/objective ?=disagreement with goal/objective
Accommodations/ Considerations How often will I and my parents know my progress? Is special transportation required for me to get an education? PE? Vocational Education?
Special Factors Assistive Technology? Communication Needs? Need for Braille? Limited English Proficiency Behavior
Accommodations As you review the supports that help you learn: + = successful accommodation - = unsuccessful accommodation Write in additional things that you think would help
State and District Testing Terra Nova The Writing Assessment The NM Competency Exam
ESY DOES NOT APPLY TO GIFTED Extended School Year Services What does regression mean? What does recoup mean?
Service Schedule What services do I need to achieve my goals and objectives? AES Services Additional Special Education Services
Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) LRE means that gifted students are not removed from their peers except for individual advisement with their AES facilitators.
Prepare a meeting invitation with your case manager Prepare an agenda with your case manager Know what to do if you have a question during the meeting Know what to do if you have a disagreement during the meeting Know what to do if you become uncomfortable during the meeting
Beginning the IEP Greet and thank team members for coming Introduce each member and tell what they do in your education Review Ground Rules Review Agenda
Ground Rules The IEP will start and end on time. Don't interrupt when another participant "has the floor." (This includes no “sidebar” conversations.) Don't criticize the ideas of others. (No put downs) Build on the ideas shared by others. Remain open-minded and non-judgmental. Everyone participates, no-one dominates. Complaints are okay when they come packaged with a solution. Make compromises when necessary. Stick to the Agenda and time frames. The Facilitator is empowered to enforce ground rules.
Agenda Introductions Ground Rules Where is the student now? (PLP) Where does the student need to be a year from now? (AG&OBJ) How are we going to get him there? Considerations/Accommodations/ State and District Wide Assessment Services ESY LRE Debrief the IEP
You will be Provided Support During the IEP Meeting Although you are facilitating, your AES facilitator will be the record keeper When discussing difficult topics, your facilitator will help you to keep the focus on what you CAN do Your facilitator will help you to create a visual signal to use if you become overwhelmed The facilitator will call a time-out if you need a break