Mini-Series on Developing Strong IEP’s and Working with School Teams Beginning with the End in Mind
Part 1: Developing a Strong IEP
This session will explore the parent’s role in the IEP process. Parents, you will learn the basics of your child’s right to special education services, how the process of developing special education plans works, and your role in developing an IEP that is responsive to your goals for your child. Participants will have the opportunity to begin to translate your dreams for your child into concrete elements that can be incorporated into your child’s IEP.
Part 2: Working Effectively with Your School Team
How can I work with my school district to develop education services for my child that are based on high expectations to prepare my child for a productive life? How can we build a school team committed to classrooms where all students participate in learning? Participants will discover strategies for parents and educators to build collaborative and constructive school teams committed to classrooms that welcome and support high expectations for all learners.
Part 3: Parental Rights
This session will address parental rights in the special education process. Particular emphasis will be given to the Procedural Safeguards Notice received annually by all parents. This presentation will also include a brief overview of the differences between IEP’s and 504 plans.
Extended School Year (ESY): The timeline is ticking! (1.5 hours)
Extended School Year (ESY) discussion should be part of every IEP meeting. Find out what you need to know about ESY and how it applies in your situation. We need to talk now because the timeline is already ticking on this important service! You will hear how eligibility is determined and the dates you need to remember.
Transition to Adult Life (1.5 hours)
How can you ensure the best possible life outcomes for your son or daughter with disabilities? This is a question that parents begin to consider soon after their children receive a diagnosis. In Pennsylvania, the IEP team begins to discuss transition when a child reaches age 14. However, parents aren’t always aware of how a well-written Transition Plan can benefit children with disabilities. Learn about the power of the IEP Transition Plan.