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Speaking of IEPs…Two Modules from the IRIS Center

Our September issue of the Buzz from the Hub focuses on the variety of IEP resources that CPIR offers. In tandem with the Buzz, we are pleased to also spotlight two training modules from the IRIS Center on developing high-quality IEPs. The first is intended for IEP team members to use. (It’s also excellent to use in staff development and training.) The second online module is primarily designed for administrators and offers guidance on supporting the development and implementation of high-quality IEPs.

Both modules explicitly address the higher standard set for FAPE in the March 2019 Supreme Court ruling in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District. Access both modules here.

8 Steps to Kicking Off Your Child’s IEP The Right Way

(2019, July) | Available in English and Spanish | Useful for sharing with families of children with disabilities. Whether the child is starting a new school year or has a new Individualized Education Program (IEP), this Great Schools article will help parents how to get things started on the right foot. https://www.greatschools.org/gk/articles/8-steps-to-kicking-off-your-childs-iep-the-right-way/ In Spanish | […]

Providing a High-Quality Education for Students with Disabilities

(2019) | Useful for Parent Center capacity building and for sharing with state and local education leaders and advocates The primary mechanism for ensuring that students with disabilities receive the right educational content and rigor at the right moment in their education is the individualized education program (IEP). This resource from the Council of Chief […]

Engaging Parents in Productive Partnerships

(2015) | Available in English and Spanish | Useful to educators and others seeking to increase collaboration and effective partnering with parents Engaging Parents in Productive Partnerships is an easy-to-read presentation of suggestions on how educators and service providers can effectively collaborate with parents. The 4-page brief concludes with specific recommendations for IEP meetings, organized […]

Video | 8 Insider Tips on Navigating IEP Meetings

“Are you getting ready for an IEP meeting? Are you nervous or wondering what to expect? You’re not alone.”

This 13-minute video from understood.org is directed at parents who are getting ready for an IEP meeting or who are new to the process. The video captures the conversation between two parents (one a former teacher), both of whom are “veterans” of many IEP team meetings. They candidly talk about what they wish they’d known before the meetings. Eight nuggets of guidance emerge during their conversation.

The video is available in English and, using subtitles, in Spanish. Read more here, and learn about accompanying resources, including the podcast Why We Cry at IEP Meetings.

Accessible Educational Materials and Technologies in the IEP

(2018, April) | Useful to Parent Centers, educators, and parents in: considering a student’s need for accessible materials and technologies, and where to specify what is needed in each student’s IEP This brief comes from the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials, otherwise known as the AEM Center. It’s 17 pages long, but provides excellent guiding […]

Determinando la Ubicación del Niño

This information in English | Esta información en inglés Actualizado, abril de 2018   Una vez que el Equipo del IEP ha decidido qué servicios necesita su hijo (como descrito en la página Reuniones para Desarrollar el IEP), debe tomarse una decisión sobre dónde serán provistos los servicios. El lugar donde se lleva a cabo el IEP de […]

El Equipo y el Contenido del IEP

Sobre el Equipo del IEP en inglés About the IEP Team in English Sobre el Contenido del IEP en inglés About the Content of the IEP in English Actualizado, febrero de 2018   Se ha determinado que su niño es elegible para la educación especial. El siguiente paso es escribir lo que se conoce como el […]

Teen Mental Health

This resource-rich page at MedlinePlus pulls together a spectrum of topics related to mental health and includes numerous resources in Spanish. It’s written so as to speak directly to teens, describing in bullet form some of the things they might feel or experience that may indicate the need to seek the help and support of parents, a school counselor, or a healthcare professional. Sections include: where to start; the latest news pertinent to teens (e.g., bullying, smartphone addiction, self-harm); danger signs to look for and comprehensive psychiatric evaluation; treatments and therapies; and related issues (e.g., cliques, dealing with a health condition, coping with trauma, dealing with anger, helping friends who self-harm, peer pressure, and the teenage brain).

Read more about this excellent resource for teenagers and their families here.

Endrew F. Question and Answer Document

In March of this year the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District Re-1. In this decision, the court held that “to meet its substantive obligation under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), a school must offer [a child] an IEP [individualized education program] reasonably calculated to enable a child to make progress appropriate in light of the child’s circumstances.”

What impact will this Supreme Court decision have on the implementation of IDEA? The U.S. Department of Education seeks to answer this question (and many others) in the Q&A document just released (December 7, 2017). It reviews the facts and findings of Endrew F., discusses how the Supreme Court decision clarifies the standard for determining FAPE and educational benefit to children with disabilities, and explores considerations for implementation.

Read more about ED’s Question and Answer document here.

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