Connecting Parents Before the IEP

Pre-IEP Parent Questionnaire

As special educators, part of our job is to collaborate with a team on each student’s program.  This team can include many people from teachers, administration, specialists, and parents.

We have to make sure that the parent is involved from the very beginning.  This starts before the IEP is written and assessments completed.  An easy way to help parents get involved is by asking them to fill out a questionnaire.  This can give great insight to what their expectations are for you and what they expect for their child.  This is just the first step to better involvement and showing parents that they will be taking an active role in their child’s education.

Here is a short example of a possible parent IEP questionnaire.  Take from this or add to it what you would like.  Give me any feedback you have about your thoughts or experience with using a questionnaire prior to the planing stages of the educational program.

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Teacher Challenge’s 30 Days to Kick Starting your Blogging

I am gearing up to start a new position at a new school.  I want parents, students, and fellow teachers to have an easy resource to get to know me and my interests, along with what I will be doing inside the school.  I hope this will build into a resource for people looking for ideas on differentiating instruction, and collaborating within a school to create a seamless integration of special education into the classroom.

I am looking forward to learning how to make a blog accessible to not just parents and teachers, but also students.  I want this to be a resource for students and a way to show off all the hard work they are doing.

So thank you for the Teacher Challenge’s 30 Days to Kick Starting your Blogging.  I look forward to following many other new bloggers out there and expanding our knowledge together.