I am so excited about this. This is an idea that I have had in my head for quite some time, I just never was able to make it happen. You know how hard it is to manage IEP paperwork. Most of us have various stacks of papers and folders around our house, but when we need it, it is still hard to find what you want. Am I right? I searched high and low for something like this…and it just didn’t exist. I struggled to come up with 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 your stress!) with a little guidance and direction.
I always wanted to create an IEP organizer, 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. Finally this winter I took the plunge and decided that I would pay a graphic designer to make me an IEP organizer, and that I would sell it at a nominal fee to help recover my costs. So that is what I am doing.
Update: Here is a new video that I just did today (Feb 6) after finding this awesome binder at Ollie’s Bargain Outlet. I found one on Amazon that is similar, but much more than the $7 I paid at Ollie’s. Thrilled to have found exactly what I want for $7, so for $14 for a lifetime, I think this is a fantastic deal.
**Adding: While I still love my Ollie’s binder, the folders are not big enough to hold my giant IEP. If you have a smaller one it may work, but I have to use separate folders and not the pretty ones, unfortunately.
I struggled with how to provide it. 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 here in my tiny home. So, here it is in PDF format. Once you purchase it, you print if off. Other items I recommend you have:
It doesn’t have to be anything fancy and you can reuse some of the items from year to year. I felt that the printable format was best because you can use the same format year after year–no need to purchase a new one each year if I sold it already printed.
Here are the easy steps to putting this together.
How to organize your IEP paperwork and files
- Gather up your supplies.
- Gather up your IEP paperwork.
- Print off the organizer. Leave out your “index/tabs” page.
- Assemble. You will see that I have quarterly calendars and quarterly update pages. I recommend putting them in, in quarterly order. But, if you wish to have them all in a row, that’s up to you.
- Once you have it assembled, write on your index where everything is found.
- Fill out all your dates on your “IEP year at a glance” and “student at a glance” pages.
- Take those dates from Number 6, and ALSO move them back to the calendars where they belong.
See how it’s designed to work? No more IEP surprises when all of a sudden you are receiving Permission to Evaluate forms and IEP meeting invitations. If you plan for the dates ahead of time, you can have your documentation ready.
Please note: In 2018, it is my goal to update and revise the IEP organizer. Anyone who has already purchased it will receive the NEW version at no charge. I am going to pursue selling already printed copies of the organizer in a binder too, so stay tuned. Those won’t be free though, as I will have more out of pocket costs with those.
Here is a video of how I did mine.
Around the holidays I said that I would have three big announcements this year. The first was my app, which, if you haven’t gotten it yet, what are you waiting for?
The second big announcement was my Anyone Can Advocate course–the self study guide to becoming a better voice for your cause. That is free and if you click that link you can sign up, or just view it online.
And now the third announcement….the IEP organizer. (this post was originally published in 2015 when the organizer came out!)
Pin it so you have it!