Not Poker and 8 Steps to Better IEP Meetings; IEP tutorials - how
to write measurable IEP goals & objectives with examples &
tips; IEP checklists; favorite cases about IEPs; editor's choice -
good books about IEPs; advocacy training schedule.
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1. Play Hearts, Not Poker: 8 Steps to Better IEP Meetings
In Play Hearts, Not Poker, Jennifer Bollero (attorney and mother of a child with autism), describes important differences between advocacy and parenting and explains why you need to learn the rules and strategies.
When you learn the rules, you reduce the risks when you negotiate for your child. This article includes 8 Steps to Better IEP Meetings -
2. IEP Tutorials: How to Write Measurable IEP Goals & Objectives
of the Week: "Remember
that 'measurable' means you can count
it or observe it."
- Nissan Bar Lev, Director of Special Education, Cooperative Education
Agency No. 7 (CESA-7), Green Bay, Wisconsin.
How to Make
Annual Goals Measurable: Examples & Tips
3. IEP Checklists
Our thanks to Nissan Bar-Lev and Donita O'Donnell (who wrote the Wisconsin handbook "A Guide for Understanding and Developing IEPs") and the staff of Cooperative Educational Service Agency #7 (CESA) for permission to use these checklists.
Cooperative Educational Service Agency No. 7 (CESA-7) won first place in the Wrightslaw Best School Website Contest: http://www.fetaweb.com/best.htm
We hope other school districts will use the CESA-7 site as a template for their websites.
Term Objectives and Benchmarks Checklist. Key question; purpose;
key characteristics; writing strategy.
IEP Review Checklist. If you are preparing for an IEP meeting, review this checklist.
4. Good Cases About IEPs
To advocate for your child, you need to learn about legal rights and responsibilities. You also need to learn how to do legal research so you can find answers to your questions.
When you do research about legal issue, you need to read the statute and regulations. You also need to read caselaw.
decisions are often hard to understand. Don't give up! If you persevere,
you and your child will benefit from your hard work. When you read
caselaw, you will see why you receive conflicting opinions and advice
about a legal issue.
v. Rhinebeck Central School District, U. S. District Court,
Southern District of New York.
Excellent decision in ABA-Lovaas case on behalf of child with autism; thorough discussion of the IEP process; the need to individualize the child's IEP; methodology and placement issues. (This decision is in pdf format)
R. v. Kingwood Township (NJ), U. S. Court of Appeals for the
forget to download, print and read our article, Your
Child's IEP: Practical and Legal Guidance for Parents."
This article includes several cases about IEPs:
5. Editor's Choice: Good Books About IEPs
The heart of your child's special education program is the Individualized Education Program (IEP). These books will teach you how to write IEP goals and objectives that target your child's problems.
* Better IEPS: How to Develop Legally Correct and Educationally Useful Programs
Better IEPs gives special educators, regular educators, and parents the confidence and know-how to develop IEPs that are both legally correct and educationally useful. Many IEPs are neither!" Get more information about "Better IEPs""
*. Measuring Educational Results
can I learn to write good IEP goals and objectives?" In the best selling
book on this subject, Robert Mager teaches you how to write clear
measurable IEP goals and objectives.
book teaches you how to identify, select, and write educational objectives.
You learn how to describe the performances you expect to achieve,
identify the conditions under which you expect the performance to
occur, and set criteria for acceptable performance. Preparing
Instructional Objectives includes practice exercises to sharpen
your skills and an Objectives Checklist to help you distinguish
good objectives from bad ones.
6. Wrightslaw Advocacy Training: Chicago & Orlando
scheduled to present several sessions at the International Rett Syndrome
Conference in Chicago this weekend.
To learn how you can bring Pete & Pam Wright to your community, read our FAQs about Advocacy Training Programs at:
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