The Individualized Education Program process is familiar to any educator in special education, but the details of the system may not have been fully explored. IEPs allow for students with disabilities to receive a quality education and individualized learning. It is imperative for educators to follow the mandates outlined for IEPs.
The GUIDE TO CREATING SMARTER IEP GOALS serves as a way to check the legal compliance of IEP goals and train educators to work toward this compliance. It outlines the thirteen federal mandates related to IEP goals and presents information and research in a simple, easy-to-understand format. Appendices are included to help test readers on their new knowledge with a quiz, worksheet, reflection page, and additional resources.
Authors Kelly Ott, MEd, MHS, CCC-SLP, and Lara Wakefield, PhD, CCC-SLP, focus on how important it is not only for educators to have this information but for administrators as well. Too much time and energy is lost in miscommunications between the two different groups. When you add in concerned parents, the focus may shift away from the students and lead to personality clashes. With a solid foundation for IEPs and a thorough understanding of the mandates, these conflicts can be avoided.
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