Participating in IEP Meetings
  • Understand each person’s role, (including the key person responsible).
  • Know the purpose of the meeting and the team members’ expectations.
  • Know how long the meeting will be.
  • Share your concerns openly and all information that might be useful in planning for your child.
  • Share the successes and give positive feedback to the team members.
  • Ask for clarification, if you do not understand something.
  • If you need time to reflect, or to collect more information on a topic, ask to have the discussion scheduled for another time.
  • Make sure the goals for your child are realistic, measurable and clearly stated (including extra-curricular activities) and there is agreement to do them by all involved (including the student, if appropriate).
  • Ensure that the resources suggested to meet IEP goals are available.
  • Understand who is responsible for each goal.
  • Verbally summarize the meeting and the actions to be taken.
  • Understand how your child’s progress will be evaluated and by whom.
  • Write down the date for the next meeting.
  • Request a copy of the minutes of the meeting.

Note: If you have language difficulties, or need someone to assist in communicating your concerns, you may wish to bring an advocate, friend, or translator with you to the IEP meeting. It is essential to take notes for so that you may review them later.

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