PROGRESS Center Director Dr. Tessie Rose Bailey was recently featured in an Education Week article, Virtual IEP Meetings: A 6-Step Guide for Parents and Teachers. In the article she discusses the recently released series of tools developed in collaboration with five other OSEP TA Centers including the Center for Parent Information & Resources, National Center for Systemic Improvement, CADRE, Family Network on Disabilities, and WI FACETS.
This sample Virtual IEP agenda template and English and Spanish infographics are designed to support teams in conducting efficient IEP meetings. Although the resources are designed for a 60-minute meeting, teams can modify the word version to meet the team’s needs, meeting schedule, and teaming structure. The resources include suggested agenda items and times, sample meeting roles (e.g., timekeeper, facilitator), and possible meeting norms. To help facilitate revisions, a word version of the agenda is provided below.
This resource was developed through a collaboration between multiple OSEP funded centers in response to requests from state and local educational agencies and parents about how to hold and participate in virtual individualized education program (IEP) meetings. The resource includes technology tips, tips for hosting virtual meetings, and tips for participating in virtual IEP meetings. Additional infographics are available for participating in virtual meetings in English and Spanish.
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This module, Parents: Supporting Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic, from the IRIS Center offers tips to support your child’s learning at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Working Together Series from CADRE includes five interactive self-directed courses that provide families and educators with strategies for working together and through conflict. Anyone supporting children or youth with disabilities may benefit from this series, however; the setting in which collaborative problem solving and conflict resolution takes place within this series is typically the school or IEP meeting. Facilitation materials are also available.
This webpage from the Center for Parent Information & Resources is available in both English and Spanish. It can help families of students with disabilities to learn about special education, how special education services can support your child, and how parents can be an effective partner with your child’s school.
Serving on Groups That Make Decisions: A Guide for Families is intended to be a useful tool for anyone who is currently serving, or wants to serve, on a decision-making group. This can include parents, students, educators, administrators, and community members. It was researched, developed, and written collaboratively by a broad group of statewide agencies, school representatives, and family members across Wisconsin.