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Sunday 21 Jan 2018

Getting Organized: Individualized Education Plans

When I was a special education teacher, it was sometimes difficult keeping track of all the IEP goals for all the students on my caseload (40+ students!!) so I had to come up with some strategies to keep it all organized. As a teacher, if you don’t have a good system in place to work on and track progress on IEP goals consistently then you will get yourself into big trouble in many ways. Most importantly, students have IEPs because they need specialized supports and education. If you’re not working on and tracking data on their goals consistently, then you’re really not doing your job and the students will not be making the necessary progress. Additionally, many of my students had paraeducators working with them and they spent much of their time in the general education classroom, so it was also important for those staff to have a clear understanding of the student’s goals, intervention strategies and services. This is why I used an “IEP at a glance” form for all my students.

This form, just like it’s name suggests, is a quick glance at a student’s IEP. On this document, I would list important dates and information, services, goals, accommodations and modifications, and behavior intervention plan strategies. This was really helpful because many IEPs were upwards of 20+ pages, and many times would go un-read (or just skimmed) by aides and teachers. The at-a-glance document gave them a snapshot of the basic information needed to serve the needs of the individual students. This is not the only document needed to keep things organized for the IEPs of your students (you will also need data forms for each of the IEP goals so you’re consistently tracking the data) but it is a big step in the right direction.

Are you a teacher of students with special needs? What strategies do you have to keep yourself organized? Please share forms if you’re able! The more we share and work together, the better we will be able to address the individualized needs of the students we serve!!

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