ERIC Number: ED377661
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
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Training in Developing Effective IEP's: The Illinois Experience.
Whitworth, Jerry E.
The state of Illinois is developing a statewide Individualized Education Program (IEP) training program for school staff to improve the effectiveness of IEP development and implementation. The training will cover three dimensions: (1) knowledge and awareness of required components, required participants, required timelines, rationale and purposes, legal issues, and elements of good IEPs; (2) the IEP process, including communication, consensus building, group dynamics, conflict resolution, planning, and time management; and (3) the IEP product, focusing on legal appropriateness, clearness, support for placement, and usefulness as a communication and instructional tool. Training will consist of a training manual and a 1-day workshop presented to school-level multidisciplinary teams. Based upon the experience of Illinois at approximately the midpoint in developing the program, conclusions include: there appears to be widespread misunderstanding about the purposes, rationale, and underlying philosophical framework of the IEP process and document, which is a contributor to hostility and negative perceptions concerning the IEP mandate; training should be conducted with the same team members for all three dimensions; and university faculty should be involved in the training to ensure consistency at the preservice and inservice levels. (Contains 21 references.) (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois