Photo of a stickie note reminder saying, "Meeting."

Lots go on at IEP meetings, that’s for sure.

by Lisa Küpper
NICHCY | National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

May 2007

July 2016 Editor’s Note: Module 14 has been updated. Please find the newest version of this module in CPIR’s Webinars, at:


**Este módulo está disponible en español: Reuniones del Equipo del IEP

Module 14 focuses on the IEP Team meeting—

  • what happens in the meeting where the IEP gets written,
  • who’s there,
  • what’s discussed,
  • what must be considered.

New requirements in IDEA 2004 are also discussed, including new provisions for excusing an IEP Team member from a meeting, either in whole or in part.

The module  is available in English and Spanish, as you’ll see below. It includes:

  • a slideshow presentation in English;
  • a slideshow presentation in Spanish;
  • a Trainer’s Guide explaining the content;
  • handouts for participants in English and in Spanish; and
  • supplemental resources for trainers.

Please help yourself below, and download the components you need to learn on your own and/or to train others regarding the all-important IEP Team meeting.

Looking for just a quick summary?
If you’re merely looking for a quick summary of the IEP Team meeting and what goes on there, not the detailed explanation that Module 14 offers, we are pleased to direct you to just such!

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Component #1: The Slideshows | Las Diapositivas **
In English and in Spanish

Use the English or Spanish versions of these 33 slides to lead training sessions on the in’s and out’s of IEP Team meetings.

English Slideshow  (Stored in a ZIP folder)

Spanish Slideshow **
(Saved as a Powerpoint Show. If you don’t have Powerpoint, download the free Viewer.)

PDF for Spanish Trainers | This file shows trainers how the slideshows in Spanish work. (Be sure to download the trainer’s guide to the content—immediately below—which explains the content of each slide.)

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Component #2: Trainer’s Guide to the Content

This guide to Module 14 is in English but should also be downloaded if you’re training in Spanish. That’s because here is where you’ll find the full explanation of each slide’s content. It also offers much additional info so that trainers can adapt training sessions to a length or detail suitable to the given audience.

PDF | Complete Guide

Word | Complete Guide (Accessible Word file)

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Component #3: Handouts for Participants | Folletos para Participants **
In English and in Spanish

The handouts for Module 14 are included in a packet of handouts designed to cover the entire umbrella topic of Theme D, the Individualized Education Program. If you’ve downloaded the handouts for Theme D already (for example, as part of training on Modules 12, 13, or 15 or 16), you have the handouts you need for Module 14. If you haven’t downloaded any handouts for Theme D yet, here they are in 2 different formats and 2 different languages.

Handouts in English

PDF | English Handouts for Theme D

Word | English Handouts for Theme D (Accessible Word file)

Handouts in Spanish | Folletos en Español **

PDF | Folletos para Tema D

Word | Los Folletos para Tema D (en archivo accesible)

Note about the Spanish Translations:
In preparing the handouts in Spanish, NICHCY has chosen to use a certain vocabulary set for the terminology most frequently used in IDEA. IDEA itself is extremely and purposefully consistent about its terminology, and we felt it critical to do the same in Spanish. However, we fully recognize that there are many ways to say the same thing, and Spanish is rich with alternatives from country to country, region to region. So we’ve also prepared a glossary of the terminology used in IDEA, how we’ve rendered that terminology in Spanish, and other ways of rendering it that families may also hear. Share this with participants as you see fit or use it to guide your own translations. The glossary of terminology is available in two formats, PDF and Word:

  • PDF | Glossary of English-Spanish Terminology
  • Word | Glossary of English-Spanish Terminology

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Component #4: Resources for Trainers
English only

The Resources for Trainers for Theme D are intended to accompany:

  • Module 13 (Content of the IEP),
  • Module 14 (this module), and
  • Module 16 (Children Enrolled by Their Parents in Private Schools).

If you’re working with any of these modules, you’ll want to download these resources of additional information. Again, choose between downloading a PDF file or an accessible Word file (or both, if you like).

There! You’re all set to go for Module 14. Please remember that these materials are designed to be a  thorough and authoritative source of info on meetings of the IEP Team required by IDEA 2004. That’s why they are so detailed. As a trainer, you are free to adapt the info we’ve offered to serve the purposes and needs of your audiences and the amount of time you have to spend with them.

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Quick-Jump Menu to Other Modules
1: Top 10 Basics of Special Education
2: Key Changes in IDEA
5: Disproportionality and Overrepresentation
6: Early Intervening Services and Response to Intervention
7: Highly Qualified Teachers (withdrawn with the reauthorization of NCLB as the ESSA in 2015)
9: Introduction to Evaluation under IDEA
10: Initial Evaluation and Reevaluation
11: Identification of Children with Specific Learning Disabilities
12: The IEP Team
13: Content of the IEP
14: Meetings of the IEP Team (you’re already here)
15: LRE Decision Making
16: Children Enrolled by Their Parents in Private Schools
17: Introduction to Procedural Safeguards
18: Options for Dispute Resolution
19: Key Issues in Discipline

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