IEP Efficiency Question from a SpEd Teacher

Discussion in 'Special Ed 101' started by CoachB, Oct 25, 2010.

  1. CoachB

    CoachB Guest

    I have been a HS teacher for 12 years and recently got a masters in sped and a job teaching mid school resource. I have run 4 or 5 IEP meetings so far and today had a particularly grueling 3 hour IEP that involved 10 people for an11 year old with ADHD. Everyone was prepared and all technology worked, there was just that much discussion. My question to parents, is what suggestions would you have for a case manager /IEP meeting leader to make the best use of everyone’s time and ensure that needs are being addressed.
  2. lmf64

    lmf64 New Member

    Ask the parents for their input. Don't think you have all the answers (I'm not saying that you do, but often it seems like school officials do). Remember that you have the kids for 8 hours a day max, 5 days a week max, 9 months of the year and the parents have them the rest of the time. Think outside of the box when it comes to solving problems. Remember that the district may have to spend some money to ensure that the children have what they need to succeed and we can't afford xxx is not an answer that should ever be uttered.
  3. HaoZi

    HaoZi Guest

    I couldn't have said it better. Listen to the parents, listen to the kid, and take them seriously.
  4. SRL

    SRL Active Member

    I appreciate that you took the time to come here and ask this. It's hard for everyone involved when the meetings are lengthy.

    Some things I appreciated as a parent:

    Make sure the student's file is up to date.

    When major evaluations or reports are done, have individual staff member meet with parent ahead of time to go over report with them, and to give them a written copy. This will save a lot of time.

    Give advance copy of draft IEP to parents so they can review and make suggestions for changes to the accomodations or goals.

    Know your school's routines, problem spots, administrator quirks, difficult people, etc and prepare parents as needed in a professional manner. For instance in our elementary schools teacher requests to the principals are frowned upon at IEP meetings and are sure to get the standard "We'll take that into consideration." answer from the principal. It's awkward for parents and leaves you thinking you haven't been heard. "We'll take that into consideration" at that school really translates into "it's best to go to the child's current teacher to chat with them about what they are thinking are the best teachers for your child, mention that to the case manager, who will in turn make the request to the principal". At the junior highs in the same district, the case manager brings it up in the meeting and asks the parents directly what they think would be a best fit. Go figure. ;)

    Have a box of kleenex at the table for parents who are hurting. Nothing is more upsetting than to have a child who isn't responding when you're doing all you can.

    I greatly appreciated "out of the box" thinking. Giving a child a break with an aide 20 minutes before the end of the school day to vent from the stress of the day on the playground instead of exploding the moment they walk in the door at home or on the bus. An offer for a homebound teacher to meet in a non-traditional location (at the school conference room or library). Sometimes the best solution is one that hasn't been tried in the school yet.

    Be flexible when it's in the best interest of the kid. Especially when the kids are on the fence diagnostically or who've responded well to early interventions and are in no-man's land diagnostically. Once our team knew what label would be best but the criteria were so stict that any kid who presented atypically couldn't get there. They worked to come up with examples to make it happen. Every single person at that table knew it was stretching it but quietly did what needed to be done. It didn't cost the district any more--it just lined up the right services and procedures.
  5. LittleDudesMom

    LittleDudesMom Well-Known Member Staff Member

    There's no way I would have been able to say it better SRL! Another thing that has been helpful for me is getting a "current level of performance" from ALL the teachers.