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I Can See Clearly Now
How You Write It Matters
At the risk of cutting down another tree, consider giving parents copies of the current IEP and draft IEP to look at during the IEP team meeting, in addition to what you project on the screen. What is projected on the screen can be confusing, particularly as you change screens. In some meetings, you blink and the screen is gone as the person typing has moved onto another screen before you have had an opportunity to digest what was typed. Most parents are not as familiar as the special educators in the composition of the IEP document and we want the parents to understand the additions and deletions to the IEP. One of the positive things about the State IEP is that it provides meeting participants with a guide to the flow of the meeting; i.e., you complete Present Levels before you get to goals and you write goals before you write services and identify the LRE. Parents can more readily understand that concept with a written document than with the projection on the screen.