ERIC Number: EJ903427
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
Twelve Ways to Incorporate Strengths-Based Planning into the IEP Process
Weishaar, Phillip M.
Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, v83 n6 p207-210 2010
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act 2004 (IDEA) requires public schools to assure that parents of students with disabilities have the opportunity to participate in Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings. Strengths-based IEPs focus on student strengths and abilities, rather than weaknesses and disabilities, in preparing parents and teachers for the IEP meeting, presenting information at the meeting, and documenting the meeting in writing. As a special education administrator for more than 27 years, the author has experience in working with parents from the strengths-based perspective, including encouraging parents to participate in the IEP process. In 1994 the author, along with parents of students with disabilities, developed a checklist for parents and public school teachers that focused on the strengths-based approach and was intended to encourage parents to participate actively in IEP meetings. Twelve techniques for reducing conflict and encouraging parents to participate in the IEP planning process at the middle and high school level are presented and described.
Descriptors: Individualized Education Programs, Public Schools, Disabilities, Federal Legislation, Secondary Education, Special Education, Parent Participation, Middle Schools, High Schools, Partnerships in Education
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act