Imagine that your class is reading a passage and the teacher calls on you to read that nervous feeling you get not knowing what to do weather to say you don't to read or actually confront the fear you have since you were a kid. Having an IEP has made me who I am today some people not feel comfortable say this type of things like me but I have learned to embrace it.
Under IDEA the law mandates the student to have an IEP team. The parent is encouraged to be a part of their child learning
As a special education teacher I am involved in numerous meetings, in some of those meetings I have noticed that words, cultures and back grounds can impact the tone and outcome of the meeting. For some parents meeting with a room full of teachers can be intimidating. All too often the meeting consists of educated, white females. I am often the first African American teacher the student or parents have had interactions with. I can remember sitting in an IEP meeting for an hour when everyone had left the room besides me and the parent, I asked again if she had any questions or concerns. The parent asked, “What does all this mean for my child?” This parent sat in a meeting for an hour and had no idea what was being said nor did she feel comfortable
In the American system the curriculum serves 5, 000 students and more than 20 countries and we need to review and look at the IEP process. The question that has spark concerns is to look at students direct IEP and how we can look to evaluate it? How students benefits from an IEP and what would be the first logical steps to change the process. We have a mixture of students who are not all English speaking students from all backgrounds and have some disabilities. I’m not here to complain about the teachers in your system, you have wonderful teachers who capture student’s interest and encourage students learning. But we are here to address the IEP’s process issue.
For this assignment, I observed an IEP meeting for a three year old boy. The child is a three year old Hispanic boy, and his native language is Spanish. The child was receiving speech services through Early Intervention.
The IEP team met today to conduct an annual review for Daniella Rayon. Two separate notifications were sent out to the parent/ student. SB 1108 was addressed and signed at the start of the meeting. The parent and student were both present.
The IEP meeting took place at the Dominick's school. The leader of the meeting was Dominick's special education teacher who acted as the team coordinator. The major players in this meeting were the parents, special education teacher, general education teacher, and the middle school teacher as they are in preparation for Dominick's transition into middle school. In addition, the note taker, assistant principal, and the school psychologist were present.
As many know, the IEP is legal binding document that allows the students to be a recipient of special education services. It also specifies different accommodation/modifications, and instructional methods that will be of benefit to the student due to their exceptionality. As the IEP is brought together the IEP team, composed of parents, specialists, general and special education teacher, and sometimes administration are vital in the process because while the parents know the student best, it is those within the walls of the school know the best ways to help the student on their educational journey.
Next the webinar described the steps taken by the school district to ensure participation in the IEP meeting. The individual components of the IEP were described. Finally Extended School Year (ESY) and the reevaluation process was described in the webinar.
On September 18, 2017, I received the opportunity to observe a triennial IEP meeting for B.T., a 13-year old male who attended the 8th grade at Northern California Preparatory, a non-public school. The IEP meeting consisted of a few key members such as the program specialist, a representative-special education teacher, school psychologist, B.T. and his parent, their advocate, and another member of the school. The reason for this meeting was to reevaluate the student’s special education placement and if B.T. could transfer back to a public school.
The meeting was for K.H., who is in Mrs. Hunter’s class full time. J.H.’s mother, Mrs. Hunter, Mrs. Harvey, Miss Revell (Staffing Specialist), Mrs. Ott (Speech and Language Pathologist), Ms. Izette, and I were present at the IEP meeting. This student receives speech/language services and occupational therapy during the school week. Mrs. Harvey introduced all of us to the mother and Mrs. Hunter started the IEP meeting.
In the eighth grade I was diagnosed with a learning disability and was given a IEP. Even with the IEP I still struggled to maintain a passing grade through eighth grade and the first semester of ninth grade. During the ninth grade I was put into an academic support class and for the first half of the year I didn’t take advantage of it. I guess, at the time, I didn’t realize the importance of living up to my academic potential and always thought I was stupid and there was nothing I could do to change that. At the beginning of the second semester of my freshman year, my academic support teacher and I had a serious conversation about my future. I told her my plan to go to a four-year university and she didn’t take me seriously. She told me I was
Prior to this class, I did not know that students with disabilities receive transition services, nor did I know that this service existed. Transition services relate to the education and the training that the student with disabilities will need in order to accomplish their post-secondary goals. These goals are the students’ long term goals for living, working, and learning as an adult. By the age of fourteen, a student with disabilities must have their IEP updated with measureable goals and transition services. The transition service section of an IEP must also take into account the student's courses, learning characteristics, and strengths. Moreover, the students’ goals should not just focus on academic factors.In my opinion transition services
With this letter, I would like to reflect and discuss observations made from our IEP Professional Development that took place on yesterday. I personally feel that the professional development was not well received. I observed several side-bar conversations, usage of cell phones, and a lack of engagement while our paid consultant was providing a service that we are in dire need of. This is not who we are and what we represent. Clarendon 2's SPED mission is PRIDE...Providing Relevant Individualized Direct Education for Students. While our District's mission, is "Educating Children." This was not reflected on yesterday, which is disheartening.
I totally agree with the parents either being involve and not involve because that can have a drastic change in the student’s success. However, all the points you made regarding an IEP and parents because that is very important to approach it having their opinion throughout the process.