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ERIC Number: EJ789102
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-0888-4064
Knowing What to Expect: Introducing Preservice Teachers to IEP Meetings
Werts, Margaret Gessler; Mamlin, Nancy; Pogoloff, Susan Mayfield
Teacher Education and Special Education, v25 n4 p413-418 Fall 2002
More than five million IEP conferences are conducted each year. Despite the number of meetings, many IEPs are not educationally useful or legally correct. A common concern for principals and special education directors hiring new special education teachers is their lack of information concerning IEP development and experience establishing parent relationships that are required to produce valid, family-centered, and legally compliant IEPs. For decades prior to the enactment of P.L. 94-142, now the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), parents and family members were totally alone in their burden of educating and caring for their children with disabilities. IDEA not only guaranteed a free and appropriate education for all children, it also mandated parent involvement. IEPs have been identified as the most significant component of IDEA. Giving preservice teachers practical experience with skills in IEP development and establishing parent relationships prior to internship or student teaching placements is difficult. However, when entering placements and initial jobs, students need basic knowledge of the processes. This article describes a series of workshops designed to help students develop meaningful lesson plans based on an IEP. Each of the three workshops attempted to provide relevant information through role-playing and other interactive means so that the students could experience the processes first hand. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act