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ERIC Number: ED369627
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
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Building Positive Relationships on the Border with Parents of Special Students: Effective Practices for the I.E.P.
Cooper, Kelt L.; Rascon, Leticia
This paper describes effective practices for developing Individual Education Plans in small rural schools along the U.S.-Mexican border. Since immigration levels in this area are high and many immigrants are limited-speakers or nonspeakers of English, border school districts are concerned about issues involving communication with parents and students. The basis of the IEP is obtaining the informed consent of parents; informed consent means reaching understanding despite differing education levels, cultures, and languages. Principals and administrators working in border school districts have identified the following as effective practices for IEP meetings: (1) obtain background information on the student as soon as possible; (2) establish a positive environment with parents during the meeting; (3) determine the language of comprehension and use this language; (4) preface the meeting with a brief summary of the student's background and define the purpose of the meeting; (5) keep the level of communication simple and understandable; (6) serve as an advocate of the student; (7) include pauses during the meeting to monitor parental comprehension; (8) summarize the points agreed upon in the IEP; (9) allow parents to sign the IEP documents first to reflect the significance of parent participation in the process; and (10) involve the parents in developing specific instructional goals and objectives. (LP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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