Talk to the teacher Have ongoing communication throughout the year Before any evaluations and the IEP planning Find out their perspective on your child There should be no surprises at the IEP meeting
Records at the ready Have some things at your fingertips Past IEP’s Recent evaluation reports Diagnoses Medication history Behavior records Communications with teachers or other professionals
Ahead of the meeting Ask who will be attending the meeting Ask to see and discuss evaluation results Ask to see any IEP drafts REMEMBER The final IEP should not be written and signed until AFTER the meeting
Understand the scope and purpose of an IEP Write down your goals for your child Have a list of things you would like discuss at the meeting. If you are hoping for answers it might be helpful to get these questions to your child’s teacher ahead of the meeting so they can have the answers ready.
Know your legal rights And read over ALL the pages in the IEP. There is valuable information on all the pages (not just the academic goals)
Resources: www.nami.org - IEP and inclusion tips for Parents and Teachers www.nami.org www.wrightslaw.com - IEP tips for parents and Teachers www.wrightslaw.com www.specialednews.com – Top IEP Tips for Parents www.specialednews.com www.sepacnsd.org - Resources www.sepacnsd.org firstname.lastname@example.org – Questions email@example.com www.ncld.org – National Center for Learning Disabilities www.ncld.org http://www.governor.wa.gov/oeo/ - Office of the Education Ombudsman http://www.governor.wa.gov/oeo/ http://www.k12.wa.us/specialEd/ Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Many resources for the families of Special Education students http://www.k12.wa.us/specialEd/