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Putting the Individual In IEP

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Sam at clean up on aisle life marvels that, after three-plus years in teaching, she finally attended an IEP meeting that seemed constructive:

Everyone had read all the anecdotals, focused on the child's needs and behaviors and successes, and was expressing opinions and ideas in a productive manner. It was textbook in its beauty, and I feel that we reached the best possible decision for this particular student, as well as exhausting many, many other options.

The experience, she says, has helped overcome some of her growing pessimism about the proccess:

I am one of those teachers who has started to come to the conclusion that the IEP process is frequently a useless document, especially since it is in no way based in reality once the bureacratic rules of the NYC school system have gotten involved. Friday's experience proved to me that the IEP can indeed be an "individualized education program," rather than wasted words on wasted paper.
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It certainly sounds like a good beginning--and perhaps next time they will find a way to include the parent, as well.

It seems to me that what makes this kind of experience happen is teachers who are willing to USE the IEP to actually guide what goes on in the classroom. When it is really a planning tool, one can hardly afford to waste the opportunity to incorporate the ideas of all those experts (including the parents) who are required to attend. Personally I don't know why 2 meetings per IEP aren't routinely scheduled, the first to lay the groundwork and the second to review and tweak the plan before signing.

As a parent I am always alarmed when I get the sense that the introductions are not only for MY benefit (as the outsider), but that these people have not met one another before our meeting.

I have attended many IEP/CSE meetings on Long Island and the IEP is never developed at the meeting. Has anyone in New York State attended an IEP/CSE meeting and actually developed the IEP at the meeting? Typicially in our local districts the IEP is written up AFTER the meeting by a clerk using IEP direct software and sent to the family after the fact. The resulting IEP certainly does not reflect the conversations that took place at the meeting but rather take the programs available in the school district and make the student fit into the program rather than design the program for the student. Has anyone found a solution to this dilemna?

I don't suppose that pointing out that this violates federal law would be helpful?

As a parent of special needs children who is also a teacher, I understand the frustrations both groups too often have with the IEP process. There is great deviation from state-to-state, even among schools within the same district. When the the law is followed, and all the stakeholders (including parent and classroom teachers) are actually involved in developing a real and workable plan, the results can be stunning.

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