Special Ed Advocate Newsletter
Wrightslaw, our goals are to help you gain the information and skills
you need to navigate the confusing world of special education. This
issue is part of a series about IEPs.
Game Plan for IEP goals and objectives; how to write measurable
IEP goals & objectives; IEP checklists; how to get an IEP revised;
help in From Emotions to Advocacy; support for school
personnel & parent training in IEPs; advocacy programs in Florida,
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Diane writes, "I need good IEP goals and objectives!"
"I know my son's IEP is inadequate - the only goal is 'Commitment to academic success.' I need to find good measurable IEP goals and objectives. Can you point me to a source or site that has a model of a well-written IEP?"
Mary writes, "Help! I need good IEP goals and objectives!"
"I am a special education graduate student. I need to get my hands on some good IEP goals and objectives - I do not have experience with this. Can you point me in the right direction?"
Parent, teachers, school administrators - it seems like everyone is confused about how to write measurable IEP goals and objectives. Why are IEP goals and objectives so difficult? What makes the IEP process so confusing?
Read Wrightslaw Game Plan: IEP Goals and Objectives:
2. Tutorials: How to Write Measurable IEP Goals & Objectives
These IEP Tutorials are memoranda from Nissan Bar-Lev, special ed director of CESA-7, to his teachers. Use these articles and checklists to fine-tune your skills in writing measurable IEP goals and objectives.
The CESA-7 site won 1st place in our Best School Website Contest
This site is a rich source of information for parents and teachers. We encourage you to visit this website - you'll be glad you did!
How to Write Measurable Annual Goals
In How to Write Measurable Annual Goals, Nissan Bar Lev, CESA-7 special ed director writes: "Remember that 'measurable' means you can count it or observe it."
Make Annual Goals Measurable: Examples & Tips
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. Question of the Week: How Can I Get My Child's IEP Revised?
child isnít making progress under the current IEP. I asked that
the IEP team meet to revise the IEP. I was told that I cannot
ask that the IEP be changed because I signed agreement a few months
ago. Is this true?"
5. Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy - The Special Education Survival Guide
In Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy - The Special Education Survival Guide, we walk you though the IEP process. You learn:
How to become an expert about your childs disability and
"Did you promise yourself you would be better prepared for your Individual Education Plan (IEP) meeting this year? If so, From Emotions to Advocacy will serve as your guide . . . We award the Wrights the Exceptional Parent Symbol of Excellence."
From Emotions to Advocacy includes chapters about evaluations,
how to organize your child's file, two chapters about how to use
the bell curve to measure progress or lack of progress, and a
chapter about SMART IEPs.
6. Support for School Personnel and Parent Training in IEPs: Often Overlooked Keys to Success
Are you a teacher who needs more training in proven methods of teaching and learning? Are you a parent who needs training so you can help educate your child?
In Support for School Personnel and Parent Training in IEPs: Often Overlooked Keys to Success, parent attorney Susan Bardet describes how IEP teams can use the tools provided by IDEA, including support for school personnel and training for parents.
Read more articles - http://www.wrightslaw.com/articles.htm
7. Advocacay Programs - Jacksonville FL & Roanoke, VA
is power. When you have information and skills, you can negotiate
with the school on your child's behalf.
Registration for Boot Camp is free for residents of Baker, Clay,
Duval, Nassau, and St. Johns Counties! Registration
is just $60.00 for other Florida residents and $70.00 for non-Florida
the conference brochure and registration form: http://www.wrightslaw.com/flyers/fl.05.03.pdf
Wrightslaw legal programs focus on four areas: special education laws, rights & responsibilities; how to use the bell curve to measure progress & regression; SMART IEPs; and how to use tactics & strategies for effective advocacy.
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