Accomodating students with special
IEPs vary in format and design from district to district, because of local interpretations of the legal mandates that govern them.
In any case, teachers need skills in implementing IEPs effectively in their classrooms.
Partnerships with families require caring and thoughtful communication across the school year.
Learn and engage with families so that you understand the family culture and their hopes and dreams for their individual student and family overall.
The IEP is a team-driven process that prioritizes services and supports for the student in order to best meet his or her educational needs.
Students with disabilities and their families are an important source of information and experience in helping to ensure that the plans and their implementation work specifically and effectively for each individual.
There are an array of reasons why some family members can attend IEP meetings and others cannot.
Some of your students may be in the custody of the state and in transition between one foster house and another.
They may rely on their children’s ability to speak English, or lack literacy skills.In other situations teachers receive a student assigned to their class who has an IEP.In both cases, it’s important to remember that the classroom teacher is a member of team responsible for implementing the plan.Some students with IEPs may come from home environments where taking time off from work to attend a school meeting, or connect with a teacher is very difficult for either or both parents.For families that are paid hourly, missing work usually means cutting a paycheck.
Teachers who work students with disabilities use these plans to guide them in accommodating and modifying the design of lessons and instruction in the classroom.