Common IEP Mistakes

An IEP is an essential tool to encourage academic or social success for a special-ed student. In previous blog posts, I have discussed ways to ensure a well-written IEP and a well-facilitated IEP meeting. Mistakes can be made, however, and can be avoided in both...

Five Things Great IEP Writers Do

The individualized education plan (IEP) is crucial to the success of every student who is identified under the nation’s special education law, The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act—IDEA. IEPs may look different from state-to-state or even within school...

Top Ten Challenges of Special Education Teachers

Special-education teachers are among the most underappreciated professionals, but they are also among the most important. Unfortunately, there is a shortage of special-ed teachers in schools, particularly in areas that experience high poverty. An astonishing 48 of 50...

Tips for a Successful IEP Meeting

Writing and implementing an effective outcome-oriented IEP is crucial for the success of any student with special educational needs. But what about the IEP meeting, that often-stressful, tense, but necessary gathering to make sure a students’ needs are being met? IEP...