Individualized Education Program (IEP)

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Handouts (3)

Online Resources (9)


Complete IEP Guide: How to Advocate for Your Special Ed Child
by Lawrence M. Siegel
This is a comprehensive up-to-date step-by-step guide through the entire IEP process that provides encouragement to the reader as it takes a complicated process and makes it easier to understand. This all-in-one guide will help you: understand special education law; identify your child's needs; prepare for meetings; develop the IEP and resolve disputes. (parents)

Do Not Tweet at an IEP Meeting
by Anne Treimanis
Attorney Anne Treimanis shares effective advocacy tips for families who have children with disabilities. She is unable to represent every student receiving special education services, so the best of what she knows is right here! These strategies are designed for families, advocates, and attorneys. Anne Treimanis has dedicated her entire career fighting for families and students, initially as a social worker and then for thirty years as an attorney.

From Gobbledygook to Clearly Written Annual IEP Goals
by Barbara Bateman
Writing clear, measurable annual IEP goals is a difficult skill to master. The good news is that goal writing is easy once the steps are revealed. The author takes actual goals, which were poorly written and turns them into productive ones. You learn to simplify the process by focusing on just four ideas: observable behavior, measurable criteria, a given or condition for success and a final test.

Hopes and Dreams: An IEP Guide for Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
by Kirby Lentz, Ed.D.
This is the book parents have been waiting for! With an emphasis on preparation and collaboration, this practical resource shows parents step-by-step how to become truly active members of the IEP team, thereby achieving their child's and family's hopes and dreams. The reader-friendly text and accompanying worksheets help you develop the best possible education program for the individual child.

IEP and Inclusion Tips for Parents and Teachers
by Eason & Whitbread
What makes this book on inclusive education so effective, are the practical tips based upon the authors own experiences as well as upon best practices delineated in the professional literature. Many have found this book so useful and parent friendly and feel it should be made available to all parents of school-aged children with disabilities.

IEPs That Succeed: Developing Legally Compliant Programs
by Lake & Norlin
Updated for the 2006 IDEA Part B Regulations! This comprehensive book examines school districts' obligation to provide legally compliant IEPs to students with disabilities under the new IDEA. You get step-by-step guidance on how to conduct IEP meetings, structure the document and implement the program.

What Do I Do When: The Answer Book on Individualized Education Programs
by Elizabeth A. Morrow, Esq.
This book analyzes these two key aspects of the IEP - the IEP process and the IEP document - in a detailed series of questions and answers.

Writing Measurable IEP Goals and Objectives
by Bateman & Herr
A guide to quick and effective writing of accurate and measurable IEP goals and objectives. IEPs are necessary, required by law and when done properly can be extremely helpful in guiding the student's educational trajectory. This book is written by two of the foremost special educators and IEP legal experts is designed to bring you up to speed whether you're just entering the field or have worked in it for years.


Accessible IEPs for All
45 minutes
When professionals and parents meet to discuss a child's goals, all team members will find that confidence, comfort, and equality are crucial to a successful planning partnership. This DVD shows the way! It's ideal for staff professional development and for sharing with parents - will help IEP teams maximize every participant's expertise and develop measurable and meaningful goals that improve child outcomes.

IEP and IFSP: Process Compared
20 minutes
This DVD shows the foster-care community about the Early Intervention Services law and its impact on the foster-care community.

IEPs: How the Law Transforms the Process of Developing IEPs
30 minutes
The IDEA Improvement Act of 2004 changes the content, goals and process of developing an IEP. In this DVD, you learn the 'new' purpose of an IEP, the role of the regular education teacher in IEP development and implementation, and how the new law changes the content of IEPs.

Parents As Partners In The IEP Process
Utah Parent Center
This DVD will walk you through 4 modules of the IEP process. Referral, evaluation & eligibility along with developing an appropriate IEP for your student.

The First IEP: Parent Perspectives
30 minutes
A must for early childhood programs and for practitioners in training, this encouraging, informative DVD answers common questions about IEPs and helps parents and new professionals come together to ensure children's smooth transition from early intervention to preschool.


Desarrollando el IEP de Su Hijo (Developing Your Child's IEP)
Es probable que la educación de su hijo sea un área de gran interés para usted. Como un niño con una discapacidad, él o ella pueden ser elegibles para servicios de educación especial en la escuela. Si es así, esta guía puede ayudarle a aprender lo que necesita saber. Explica los aspectos básicos del proceso de educación especial y le brinda información sobre cómo ser un socio efectivo con la escuela de su hijo. (Your child’s education is most likely an area of great interest to you. As a child with a disability, he or she may be eligible for special education services in school. If so, this guide can help you learn what you need to know. It explains the basics of the special education process and gives you information on how to be an effective partner with your child’s school.) (Spanish)

Developing Your Child's IEP
Your child’s education is most likely an area of great interest to you. As a child with a disability, he or she may be eligible for special education services in school. If so, this guide can help you learn what you need to know. It explains the basics of the special education process and gives you information on how to be an effective partner with your child’s school. (English)

Guidelines: Individual Education Program Planning Process
This resource was developed by the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction to assist educators who are developing IEPs for students with disabilities. (English)

Online Resources

Challenging Behaviors and the Individualized Education Program (IEP): Making a Plan that Works

Children and youth with challenging behaviors often struggle to be successful in school. This workshop by the PACER Center discusses what challenging behavior in school may look like, and offer suggestions on how to use the IEP to support school success.

Cómo Solicitar una Reunión para Revisar el IEP de su Niño (Requesting a Meeting to Review Your Child’s IEP)

Esta publicación breve viene de una Guía para Padres más amplia cuya enfoque es la comunicación por correspondencia—las ocasiones en las cuales un padre querría comunicarse por escrito con la escuela de su niño sobre algun problema o preocupación que tiene acerca de la educación o bienestar del niño.

Help! I'm Going to My First IEP Meeting (PACER Webinar)

Your child has been evaluated and found eligible for special education. Now you will be attending your first Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting.  This short presentation from the PACER Center will help you prepare and build your confidence. It’s a step-by-process – you will learn more and more as you move through special education with your child.

IEP Boot Camp: Getting Ready for Your Child’s IEP Meeting

Your child’s next IEP meeting is scheduled. So how can you prepare for it? Use this collection of downloadable tips, tools and checklists to get organized.

Requesting a Meeting to Review Your Child’s IEP

This short publication from CPIR comes from a much longer Parent’s Guide that focuses on communicating with your child’s school via letter writing. There are times when you, as a parent, may want to communicate in writing with your child’s school about some problem or concern with your child’s education or well-being.

The Top 10 Basics of the Special Education Process

Are you are a parent or an educator new to the special education process implemented in ND schools? This webinar will provide participants with an overview of the basic steps in the special education process from referral to IEP review.

Transition Goals in the IEP

A significant aspect of the IDEA law’s requirements relate to including transition-related goals and statements in the IEPs of students preparing for life after high school. This article from CPIR takes a much closer look at the kind of information you might include in a student’s IEP as part of transition planning.

Unpacking My Child's IEP

This webinar is designed to help you become more comfortable in understanding what should be in an IEP and what actually is in your child's IEP. The goal is to help you to feel relaxed and self-confident so you can partner effectively in meeting your child's needs.

When the IEP Team Meets

This article describes how the IEP meeting is scheduled, who comes, and the special factors that team members must consider when writing an IEP.

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