All About Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)
Learn about the IEP Learn to identify students' strengths and needs through the IEP process Learn how important a home - school partnership is Learn how to write measurable goals for IEPs
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I Wonder ...
Who should be included in the IEP team?
How can I plan for an IEP meeting?
How can parents prepare for an IEP meeting?
How can I be a parent-friendly educator?

In This Module:

In this module, you'll get to meet Anna, mother of Sabrina, and the staff at the school where Sabrina attends. Anna co-authored this module with the intent to educate today's teachers and future teachers about parent friendly practices when planning and conducting educational meetings for students who have an Individualized Education Program (IEP). In this module, you will learn about the IEP and Anna's perspective as a parent about the entire process.

Module Objectives:

After completing the entire module, you should be able to:

1. Understand the importance of family involvement with the educational team 2. Describe the essential components of the IEP.
3. Describe best-practice tips for planning and conducting IEP meetings.
4. Learn about one mother's experience with supporting her daughter
educationally, behaviorally, and socially through the IEP process.

All About . . . Module Series:

The "All About . . ." module series was created with the intent to educate today's teachers about parent-teacher collaboration within five key areas: (1) Inclusion; (2) Individualized Education Plans; (3) Behavior; (4) Transition; and (5) Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Families. Too often teacher training programs address parent-teacher collaboration with very broad information making it difficult for educators to know detailed strategies for families who may be dealing with a child who has very specific needs. In response to this instructional gap, I partnered with various families and co-authored these modules to tell their story, their perspective, and to provide educators with their ideas and beliefs about effective parent-teacher collaboration. These modules are not meant to be used as sole learning packets about one of the five topics, but rather they are meant to be used as a supplementary to a class or unit that addresses the topic with the intent to include the family perspective about collaboration. It is our hope that you will find these modules to be useful and informative as you work with diverse students and their families through your career.

Tracy Gershwin Mueller, Ph.D. &
The families (Anna Stewart, Michelle Gonzalez-Yoder, Rob & Beth Schaffner, & María Avina)


To go through the content of this module, click on the topics above to go directly to the module chapters. You can go in any order and revisit any section. At the top right hand corner you can click on the home icon to return to the home page. On the right side, you can learn more about IEPs in the "I Wonder" section.

When you are done, click on the Module Assessment link (right top corner). A learning assessment will follow.




Hello, and welcome to the module
All About the Individualized Education Program (IEP)!

This module was funded from a 2006 Sliver/Set-Aside grant from the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) (more about the grant)