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IEPs and the Wisdom of Experience

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Patrick Madden

on 16 November 2015

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Transcript of IEPs and the Wisdom of Experience

The
10
Things

4. We control
the district’s offer of FAPE. We can say:
when I first began
facilitating
5. The value of taking timeouts
We can interrupt the meeting to:
2. LOCAL policies and procedures
especially:
- Eligibility issues
1. The Special Ed. Laws
IEP TEAM MEETINGS
I wish I understood better
Federal and State
They can change...often!
And...people may be
differing understandings
of the local procedures!
3. The amount of
CONTROL

we have in conducting the IEP meetings
The legislature clearly placed
both the
BURDEN
and the
POWER

of how IEP team meetings run
on the district
The district has the power to
set and follow
the agenda
establish
time limits
request and
authorize breaks
conclude the meeting
AT ANY TIME
if necessary
6. The value of forward thinking
How to anticipate and plan

BEFORE
the meeting so that you
do not get blind-sided
How to think several steps ahead
DURING
the meeting so that you may:
7. When to contact key players
Find time
BEFORE
the IEP!
Critical questions to ask!
8. Monitoring the follow through
This is where things
OFTEN
go wrong;
9. How to avoid “Us vs. Them”
THIS IS THE BIGGEST PITFALL OF THEM ALL!
10. Have CONFIDENCE...
and FAITH in the process
We do have a
VERY GOOD PROCESS
in place;
and...
there is a contingency for
almost every situation.
there is less tension,
so everyone can
relax more;
...and small miracles can happen. Like...
When you bring
CONFIDENCE
and a reassuring attitude
into the meeting -
the
opposite
of fear,
“Well, this turned out
better than we expected!”
Ensure that the
discussions remain
respectful and civil.



For example:
- The IEP process (proper sequence)
- Documenting “educational benefit”
- Note-taking (documenting the IEP)
“I would not allow any of the district staff to speak to your child in a derogatory, hostile or angry way; and I cannot allow anyone at this table to speak in such a manner.

You obviously have strong feelings going on right now and we have some options. We can take a break or we can reconvene at another time.”
Darrel Priebe, SVUSD
OPTIONS
YES
NO
WE AGREE
IN PART
WE'LL GET BACK
TO YOU
ABOUT THAT.
We have met the enemy...
...and it is us!
The District has the
POWER to:
- take a break (cool off, rest, etc.)

- talk things over with one or more team members
- call your colleagues or supervisor to get..."Help!"
- decide whether or not to postpone the meeting
to a later date and time
=
The Wisdom of Experience
You must be clear about:
What exactly needs to be done
Who is going to be responsible for doing it
When it is going to be done
How you will document that it was done
-
manage

the time limits
By Patrick Madden., M.A., LEP
-
ensure

good note-taking, etc.
-
anticipate

issues coming up [surfing]
Is there
anything

I should know before going in?
Issues?
Mistakes?
How are you and the parent(s) getting along?
Are the parents dissatisfied with ANY part of the program?
Is the student making progress?
Do you have
DATA
to back that up?
Do you feel
confident that we are doing all that we should be doing for this student
[legally & within reason]?
We lose credibility, respect, and trust
The Wisdom of Experience
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