I am very fortunate to work in a school with very supportive parents. If a child is in need of something, the parents are on top of it right away, which helps not only the child, but me as the child's teacher.
A few weeks ago I was thinking about how I can return the favor and help them out. How can I support them as special needs parents? So I created a Parent IEP Binder.
As the most important advocate for a child, they too know how overwhelming all of the paperwork and special education jargon can be. Parents no longer need to feel stressed about a meeting, because they'll have all they need in one systematic place. The parents can fully concentrate on the meeting, making the meeting more meaningful to both the parent, the child, and the IEP Team.
Not only are there places to keep track of a child's most up-to-date IEP information, it includes editable tabs for them to individual the binder to their specific needs.
Not only does it help them keep school information organized, but all outside paperwork organized in one place. This is great for IEP meetings too, because sometimes a parent has found success with something outside of school that the school may need assistance with. If a parent has their binder with them, they can easily flip through the binder to give direct supports to the school.
This list of Special Ed Acronyms Every Parent Should Know was shared in a previous blog post, so don't forget to grab the free list there.
Suggestions for Parent IEP Binder implementation:
• Create a very small parent IEP binder and hand it out to all of your parents at the beginning of the school year.
• Let parents know that there is support out there for them. Point them in the direction of this binder so they can (or not) put this binder together to get organized.