Let’s face it, Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) are way too difficult to understand. They are full of jargon, acronyms and hard-to-parse technical language. And even for veteran parents or advocates, trying to get to the bottom line of what any IEP is doing (or trying to do) can be practically impossible.
Here’s one idea. How about at the start of every IEP meeting, the IEP case manager and the parent(s) (and the child if age appropriate) all share their big picture idea of what the child needs and how the IEP can help get them there.
What I’m proposing is different from the usual recitation of present levels of performance or specific goals or service minutes. The aim here is to help the team think about IEPs in a jargon-free way so that teachers and parents can share their collective vision for the child.