Most of us have various stacks of papers and folders around our house, but it is still hard to find what we want when we need them. Am I right?

I am so excited about this IEP binder. This is an idea that I have had in my head for quite some time; I just haven’t been able to make it happen until now. You know how hard it is to manage IEP paperwork.

If you struggle with IEP organization, then this is for you.

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IEP Binder for Parents

I searched high and low for something like this, and it didn’t exist. I struggled to find the best way to organize IEP paperwork, and I think I may have found it. IEP organization does not have to be challenging.

You can organize your IEP paperwork (and reduce stress!) with a little guidance and direction.

Why IEP Organization is Important

In the blogging world, we have a saying. “Content is king.” The same goes for the IEP World. Your documentation and paper trail are everything.

I find many parents struggle to define their kids’ IEP issues. They see the struggles. They know something isn’t right but cannot define it in a manner that gets cooperation from the IEP team.

Or, they ask for things they know are needed but do not have the documentation to make the request.

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First, you organize. Then you ask.

I always wanted to create an IEP binder, but I just couldn’t.

I’m terrible at graphic design-type stuff, and over the years, I made several attempts to make one but just couldn’t.

I wanted to create something that would not only make the piles of paper look pretty but also help parents in a functional way. Finally, I did it with the help of a virtual assistant.

Throughout the years, I have learned so much from IEP parents. And one of my main takeaways is this: Our kids are different. Our IEP issues are the same.

Knowing that, I developed the 4-step process for organizing your IEP and developing a concrete action plan to address your concerns.


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My 4-Step IEP Toolkit™ became a reality.

I struggled with how to provide the IEP binder to you, parents. I looked into getting them printed with binders and folders, and I just couldn’t afford to do it.

Even if I sold them that way, it’s a logistical nightmare, as I do not want to be a warehouse in my tiny home. I am still trying to figure out a way to do that, but for now, this is it.

  • 3 ring binder
  • tab dividers
  • folders to hold documents that can be put in a 3-ring binder
  • Color-coded folders or tabs are very helpful for those who like “visual” stuff.

It doesn’t have to be anything fancy; you can reuse some items yearly. I felt the printable format was best because you can use the same format every year.

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How to Organize your IEP

Here are the easy steps to putting this together.

  • Gather everything you have.
  • Organize it chronologically.
  • Use the pages of the Free IEP Binder as a guide for how you keep it in your binder.

If you really want to put your IEP binder on steroids, consider getting the IEP Toolkit.


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The IEP Toolkit is designed with parent advocates in mind. It is very highly recommended.

Happy organizing!

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