Highlights: Do you know your IEP IQ - take our quiz to find out; Writing IEPs for Success by Barbara Bateman; IEP resources - articles, cases, free pubs, more; accommodations and modifications; IEP checklists; editor's choice - good books about IEPs.
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1. Do You Know Your IEP IQ? Take Our IEP Quiz to Find Out
be an effective advocate, you need to know the law. You need to learn
where to find answers to your questions and how to use the law without
starting battles that no one wins.
2. Writing IEPs for Success by Barbara Bateman
with one-size fits all IEPs that are not tailored to the child's unique
needs? Feel intimidated at IEP meetings? Worried that your child is
not making progress in the special ed program? You are not alone.
"Most IEPs are useless or slightly worse, and too many teachers experience the IEP process as always time consuming, sometimes threatening, and, too often, a pointless bureaucratic requirement . . ."
"Parents who attempt to participate
as equals are often intimidated into acquiescence. They are given
false and outrageous distortions as, "We (the district) don't
provide individual tutoring"; or "We are a full inclusion
school and have no special classes or resource rooms because we don't
believe in pull-out programs."
If you want to participate in the IEP process, you must learn how to write IEP goals and objectives that measure the child's progress. Learn how to make the IEP process and product "educationally useful and legally correct" - download, print and read Writing IEPs for Success:
3. IEP Resources: Articles, Cases, Tactics & Strategies, Tips, Free Pubs
Many people who visit Wrightslaw have questions about IEPs. After you take the IEP Quiz and review your score, you will want to visit our IEP Resources Page. You will find links to articles, law and regulations, tactics and strategies, tips, book recommendations, and free publications on the IEP Resources Page:
4. Must Teachers Provide Accommodations & Modifications in Child's IEP?
teachers have to provide the accommodations and modifications
listed in the child's IEP?
5. IEP Checklists from Winner of Best School Website Contest
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.
6. 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 by Barbara D. Bateman and Mary Anne Linden.
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"
Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy by Pete and Pam Wright.
In Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, you learn how to organize the child's file, measure progress using objective test scores, and write SMART IEP goals and objectives.
the best-selling book on educational progress, Robert Mager teaches
you how to write clear measureable IEP goals and objectives.
teaches you to identify, select, and write educational objectives.
You learn 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.
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