The school year has started for most kids across the country. In addition to helping with homework, making school lunches, and waking up early for the bus (ick!) parents are gearing up for annual IEP meetings. To prepare, most of us are gathering our parent IEP resources, organizing our education IEP binder, and taking some courses discussed in a previous post.
What is an IEP?
IEP stands for individual (or individualized) education program (or plan). Basically parents, teachers, administrators, and specialists meet once a year to discuss an education plan designed for particular student. Students must qualify for an IEP and typically these students have an impairment (such as autism or learning disability) that hinders h/her education process.
During my son’s education we have had 7 IEP meetings and another coming up in a few weeks. To say I have a little experience with IEP meetings is an understatement!
A Present for You!
Today I have some great organization tools for your parent IEP binder.
My #1 tip is: Stay organized!
You cannot afford to lose documents, misplace test results, or stress finding that one letter you really need. The IEP binder is a history of your child’s education. It is an important parent IEP resource for your child.
The first document I am sharing is the “Master Document List“. I use this to log and categorize every document in the binder. The Master Document List helps me find a document when I need it.
The second is the “IEP Testing Schedule“. I use this spreadsheet to document every evaluation, test, examiner, why the test was given, when, and how. It is a terrific document to monitor testing and results.
The third gift is “Education IEP Binder Organizer Section Cover Sheets”. The sheets are in order of the sections in my binder. Of course, you can organize your parent IEP Binder any way you like. This order works for me. Use divider tabs for each section to help flip to documents as needed.
More to Come
I am working on more parent IEP resources and education binder organizer templates to share. Here’s my Parent IEP Resources Binder. Don’t laugh — it needs a serious cleaning.
Let me know how your binder organization is coming along!
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