IEP snapshot brochures help build a positive rapport between special education and general education teachers.
It’s the tiny things that sometimes hold the biggest value!
If there’s anything I have learned from my experience in my years of special education, it’s that a big percentage of the time general education teachers take the newly copied IEP they are legally supposed to read and put it in a drawer.
Never to be seen again.
Now I get it. They’ve got a lot of work to do and it’s a HUGE document with lots of legal jargon. And most regular education teachers colleges programs provide one, if that, special education course.
Yet again… it’s a LEGAL document. And they are supposed to read it.
But, as special education teachers, we need to give them some grace. They have a classroom of students, and anywhere from one to 12 or 15 students with IEPs (maybe more!). That’s A LOT of legal paperwork… and it gets overwhelming fast.
I like to help them out, make it quick and easy to read in simple words that don’t include any of our special ed abbreviations or jargon (you know, like OHI, FBA, ADLs, MDE, or APE).
It takes me a few minutes and it saves them a few minutes, but also helps build that collaboration relationship between teachers. #wereallinthistogether
IEP snapshots… at a glance… quick look… whichever you call it, this brochure is it.
One page, all of the information needed to share with service providers, admin, and other teachers who help the child throughout the school day.
Easy to read. Easy to grab for a quick refresher. Easy to store all in one place that won’t take up a lot of space. Save each child’s and update easily each year with the new annual IEP.
How do you collaborate with the regular education teachers your students see? Tell us in the comments below!