|What my student information and IEP schedule sheet|
looks like currently toward the end of the school year!
Once I figured out when my meetings were due, I set out to create a folder for each of my students in Google Drive. Each folder would contain any evidence that I needed to prepare their IEP, a series of forms for the IEP process (more on this momentarily), and any other information deemed useful for the process of writing the IEP. I created these folders with the intention of using them for as long as I had the student on my caseload. Best case scenario, I would have each student for the remainder of their school career and would be able to compare items as they progressed through school. If a new case manager was to take on one of my students, it would be easy to share my information about the student with the new case manager.
I also created a series of Google Forms to collect data during the process of building their IEP. The first form that I created was a parent information form. In the form, I created a series of questions for parents to answer regarding their child's abilities, struggles, and suggestions for accommodations. The parent is one of the most integral pieces of the IEP process and sadly, many parents do not participate fully in the process of their child's education. While I have not received information back from all parents on the form, it has been tremendously helpful in building many of my students' plans this year.
A second form that I created was designed to be sent to teachers. The form asks a series of questions regarding teachers perceptions of the student's abilities, struggles, behavior, work ethic, and many others. Teachers are also asked to provide accommodations that they believe the student would benefit from having in the classroom. Since I cannot be in a student's classes every day to fully evaluate their abilities, I rely heavily on teachers to provide me with this feedback.
The third form that I created is designed for the student. I have had students complete it on their own, or I have filled it out while I ask them the questions from the form. Either way, I sit down with students during the IEP process to ask them their perceptions on their abilities, where they struggle, what has helped them in the past, what they believe may help them in the future, and because I work with high school students, what their plans for after high school may be and what we will need to accomplish in order to meet their post-high school goals. This is perhaps my favorite part of the process, where I really feel that I can connect with a student on a personal level.
If you would like to see my forms, please click on the links below. You will be asked to make a copy of the forms for your own use; use it, modify it, throw it in the trash when you are done, your choice!
|A sample of my Google Keep, with some of my |
completed checklists for IEP meetings.
This system has served me very well in my first year as a special education teacher. While it may not work for others, and others may use a different set of tools (I've heard that OneNote is a great IEP organization tool if you are a Microsoft user), but regardless of the tools or the system, as long as the process is completed, then you are in good shape! I would love to hear others tips for the IEP process, so if you have them, share them out on the socials!
Until next time...