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Rochelle’s Special Education Tips
What Do You Want To Tell The New Kid In Town?
You will be working with a lot of new special educators and related service providers in just a few weeks. What are some of the tips that you should provide to them to help them avoid making mistakes as they try to achieve tenure? Here are some:
- Comply with the IEP, including the accommodations.
- Keep accurate data.
- Schedule the annual IEP team meeting for one month before the one-year date to provide breathing room for cancellations. Especially in the winter due to weather cancellations.
- Be sure to send the parents/guardians copies of each assessment, report, data chart, draft IEP or other document that you plan to discuss at the IEP meeting at last 5 business days before the scheduled meeting.
- Be prompt in sending out progress reports.
- If a parent of a child makes it known that she thinks her child is eligible for special education services, hold an IEP team meeting ASAP.
- If something in the IEP is not working, the new teacher should consult with her supervisor to talk it through. Maybe a new strategy is needed or the IEP requires amendment.
- Never tell a parent, “I do not have time for this.”
- Do not get caught up with serial e-mailers.
- Take advantage of the knowledge of your peers. Education professionals are really one big happy family. And take it easy.