Having worked as a district-level special education administrator for six years, I know how to help you navigate the IEP process:
Accounting for student learning –
A solid IEP should show clear connections between its various parts. Measurable goals are just the beginning…
Your child’s IEP should clearly connect needed services with proposed placement. The least restrictive environment should be reasonably calculated to reflect the maximum extent to which your child can participate in the general education setting. This means that all students need individualized settings that meet their needs: these settings are not the same for every child!
Supplementary aids and services –
Special considerations, accommodations, and modifications should be individualized and specific by maximizing your child’s access to his/her education and minimizing the impact of the identified disability. School teams should be able to report on the effectiveness of their interventions.
As an administrator, I helped our hard-working staff to connect our school efforts with the tireless work that parents/guardians do at home. Many conflicts between schools and parents can be addressed through clear, effective, mutually agreed-upon methods and communication. In order to help you play a more active, effective role as a parent, I can help you understand your parental rights. More important, I can help you understand how to better connect with your school team so that you can build or improve upon your long-term working relationship.
Sometimes it seems as if school teams move at a “glacial” pace. I can help you navigate the IEP process so that important decisions can be made in a manner that balances timeliness with care.
- Face-to-face and/or phone consultation regarding your child’s IEP
- Attendance at your child’s IEP meeting(s) as needed
- Consultation and communication with your child’s IEP team at your discretion