2Think about these questions: Did you know you have an exceptionality?What are your strengths?What are your weak areas?What do you need school to do for you?
3Individualized Education Program. What is an IEP?IEP stands forIndividualized 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, andwhere your learning will take place.
4What is the purpose of the 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.
5Why do you need an IEP? Because it is the law. Because your IEP helps your school to meet your needs.Because everyone needs to know what your education plan is.
6Where 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.
7Who comes to the meeting? YouYour parentsYour teachersYour counselorYour principalYour friendAnyone you want to invite!
8Other things about IEPs IEP meetings must be held at least once a year.You, or anyone who cares about your education, can ask for a meeting whenever they want.Meetings usually last an hour but can take longer.
9What is different about a Student-led IEP? Students learn more about themselves and become more responsible for their learning.Students are able to express what they want in their own words.Students help to write their IEP.Students lead their own meeting.Students help teachers to challenge them in class.
10What should I do if I want to participate in my IEP? Tell your teachers and parents.Review last year’s IEPThink about your strengths and weaknesses in schoolHelp write new goals.Practice what you want to say at your meeting.
11What does my IEP look like? Review each sectionAsk clarification questionsHighlight statements that you disagree withAdd your own ideas for things you think need to be added
12Cover Page (IEP Page 1)Demographics-Name, address, phone number, parents name, grade, schoolExceptionality – Gifted, Disability or Twice Exceptional – Gifted with a Disability
13Student Profile (IEP Page 2) Your StrengthsYour Educational NeedsWhat your parents think about your strengths and needsYour vision for your future
14Present Levels of Performance (3 and 4) Intellect/Aptitude/CognitiveAchievement/AcademicsCritical Thinking/Problem SolvingCreativity/Divergent ThinkingLearning Preferences/Styles/OverexcitabilitiesClassroom PerformanceInterests/Passion Areas
15Annual 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
16Special Factors (IEP page 9) Assistive Technology?Communication Needs?Need for Braille?Limited English Proficiency?Behavior?ESY/State TestsExtended School Year – not for giftedState Tests – Gifted students do not get accommodations
17Schedule of Services (IEP Page 11) What services do I need to achieve my goals and objectives?Related ServicesLeast Restrictive Environment (IEP Page 12)LRE means that gifted students are not removed from their general education peers unless their needs cannot be met in that environment.Signatures (IEP Page 12)
18Before the IEPComplete an IEP Scavenger hunt to become familiar with your IEP.Read a Hank Zipzer book and fill out a sample IEP with Mrs. EllisCreate a vision statement for middle schoolCreate a summary of strengths to include in your IEPTake a learning inventory to find out how you learn best.Prepare a meeting invitation with Mrs. Ellis; your case manager for individuals that will be asked to be at the iep.Prepare an agenda with your case managerCreate a powerpoint presentation to follow during the meetingCreate name tents for the people that come to the meetingKnow what to do if you have a question during the meetingKnow what to do if you become uncomfortable during the meeting
19IEP Scavenger HuntYou will be given your IEP from 4th Grade. Using the information in the IEP, location information to answer the questions.
20Creating your Vision Statement I will... be more determined to pass all my classes so that I will be able to play sports and so I can graduate. I will also practice harder to become a better runner"I dedicate myself to be the best basketball player that I can be. I will be the very best person that I can be. I will become confident in everything that I do in life. I will become a better student, friend, and son. My mission is to become more respectful and more responsible" -- Drew
21Creating your Vision Statement My vision is to achieve my potential academically.We want to see him become an independent learner. His attention issues will be addressed in order for him to produce what he is capable of doing. We hope to see an increase in self-confidence along with independence. [Our child] has many interests for his future career. He had expressed an interest in becoming a music teacher, principal, judge, engineer, or architect.
22Creating your Vision Statement The Team envisions [this child's] self flourishing in school and at home. They envisions [this child] as a well-adjusted student who is socially accepted by her peers and will reach her potential with academic success. They can see [this child] working more independently and with a strong sense of socially acceptable skills. She will become a strong writer who is able to organize her ideas and express in writing all the she can comprehend. In three years, Team expects that [this child] will transition successfully from middle school to high school on a college-bound track.
23At the IEP Make Introductions State the Purpose of the Meeting Review the AgendaSet the Ground RulesBegin the IEPYou may follow a script or a power point presentation if it is more comfortable for you
24Ground 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.
25The IEP Script – Elementary Sample Hi, my name is _________________________. I am here to lead my IEP today. This is my mom/dad _____________________ and she/he is here to tell you how I’m doing at home.This is my teacher, _________________________ and he/she is here to tell you how I’m doing in class.This is Mrs. Lucht and she is here to tell you how I’m doing in my gifted services.My strengths are_________________ I need to work on___________Here’s a little more information about me. My learning style/preferences are_______________________________________My thinking style is __________________. My passions and interests are ____________________________________.
26The IEP Script – Elementary Sample Mom/Dad, what do you think my strengths are? What do you think I need to work on?Mr./Mrs. _____________________ what do you think my strengths are? What do I need to work on?These are my goals for this year ( See goals sheet)Here are the things I need to be successful in school this year (p. 9, 11, or 13)Now Mrs. Ellis will explain the legal papers.Thank you for coming to my IEP.