Can Schools Only Offer a Virtual IEP Meeting instead of In Person? | Sample Virtual IEP Meeting Agenda

Can Schools Only Offer a Virtual IEP Meeting instead of In Person? | Sample Virtual IEP Meeting Agenda

Virtual IEP Meetings In the first quarter of 2020, we had no idea how much our lives were going to change. Not just for the next couple of years, but forever in some instances. I mean, will you ever eat birthday cake that someone blew on? Eeeuwww, I won’t. Restaurants got better at takeout and…

How to Stay Positive when you Hate IEP Meetings | IEP Gossip

How to Stay Positive when you Hate IEP Meetings | IEP Gossip

IEP Negativity Recently there was a lively discussion in our Facebook group. A teacher said something inappropriate to a student. Not sexual or anything like that, just unprofessional. But I took a lot of grief from members because I presented the teacher’s side. After all, she had been criticized on social media by the parents….

How to Prepare for an IEP Meeting | Checklist | Be a Better Advocate

How to Prepare for an IEP Meeting | Checklist | Be a Better Advocate

IEP Meetings This is a really old post that I have been meaning to update for ages. I see the image show up on Pinterest and I just cringe because I know that the information that is on this site now is just so much better than it was in 2013. The old post didn’t…

How Long Does the School Have to Respond to an IEP Meeting Request? What about an Emergency?

How Long Does the School Have to Respond to an IEP Meeting Request? What about an Emergency?

Parent Request for IEP Meeting Timeline IDEA does not define this. Some state special education regulations have set a time limit on how long the school has to respond to your request. You can read more on how to request an IEP meeting and what to do if it’s an emergency below. How often can…

Requesting an IEP Meeting |  Who | How | Letter Templates

Requesting an IEP Meeting | Who | How | Letter Templates

How to Request an IEP Meeting This one should be filed under “blog posts I never thought I’d have to do.” I never realized how much misinformation there is surrounding asking for an IEP meeting. Who can request an IEP meeting? How do you request an IEP meeting? Can a parent request an IEP meeting…

Are You Being Gaslighted at School or IEP Meetings? {Spoiler Alert: Probably!}

Are You Being Gaslighted at School or IEP Meetings? {Spoiler Alert: Probably!}

Gaslighting at School I remember the first time I was gaslighted at an IEP meeting. It probably wasn’t the first time, but it was the first time that I remember. I was working in a local district, and I had been there a lot. This particular district had a horrible reputation as far as discipline…

What does LEA stand for in Special Education? Explained by an IEP Advocate.

What does LEA stand for in Special Education? Explained by an IEP Advocate.

What does LEA stand for? LEA is one of those special education acronyms that is more complex than it needs to be. The LEA is a largely misunderstood position or role at IEP meetings. Many times, parents want to exclude the LEA from their IEP meeting! In my professional opinion, that is not a good…

Can a Parent Record an IEP Meeting? | Recording Laws for 50 States

Can a Parent Record an IEP Meeting? | Recording Laws for 50 States

Recording School IEP Meetings Can you (audio) record your IEP meeting? It’s a question that I’ve seen parents and advocates discuss quite a bit. And like all the other parts of the IEP, there are no easy answers to the question. In deciding whether or not to record your child’s IEP meeting, there are many…

What happens after an IEP Meeting? And what to do next.

What happens after an IEP Meeting? And what to do next.

AFTER the IEP Meeting It seems that many parents anticipate and prepare for an IEP meeting and then that’s it. Often, it’s very anti-climatic, all that preparing and worrying. And then what? Are you left with this feeling of not being resolved, or not knowing what to expect? Sound familiar? Let’s go over what happens…

How to Effectively Communicate with your IEP Team.

How to Effectively Communicate with your IEP Team.

How to effectively communicate with your IEP team. There is so much to say about communication in the IEP process, I could ramble all day. But instead of that, I thought that I would focus on the five (six?) Ws-who, what, when, where, why and how. I thought it would be easiest to bullet point…

IEP Meeting Checklist for Parents | Be Prepared and Confident!

IEP Meeting Checklist for Parents | Be Prepared and Confident!

IEP Preparation Checklist As an advocate, I have attended literally hundreds of IEP meetings. I know you, Moms. You’re stressed and anxious. But attending all those IEP meetings has also given me a tremendous view of all kinds of people and meetings and ways to prepare. If you hire a Special Education Advocate, you might…

Yes, the IEP Meeting MUST be held at a time convenient for parents.

Yes, the IEP Meeting MUST be held at a time convenient for parents.

What does IDEA say about parents attending IEP meetings? Whew, can we please put this issue to bed, once and for all? Because I have had it up to here (I’m pointing to my forehead, lol) with schools telling parents that “we only have IEP meetings at 7 or 2.” Or something like that. No,…

7 Things you Never Want to Hear at an IEP Meeting.

7 Things you Never Want to Hear at an IEP Meeting.

Be on Alert for these phrases at your IEP Meeting. You’re sitting in your IEP meeting. Things seem to be going well. Everyone is pleasant and there’s a constructive conversation. But your gut is telling you that something just isn’t quite right. But, how do you know? Well, after having attended hundreds of IEP meetings,…

These 6 Principles of IDEA must be applied at every IEP meeting.

These 6 Principles of IDEA must be applied at every IEP meeting.

6 Principles of Special Education I have to open this post with a shout out to blog reader Mike T. He emailed me, as a link to this post and the printable was gone. I searched and searched and sure enough, he was right. So, starting over. Because the 6 Principles of IDEA and Special…