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Free IEP Resources

Download your free IEP resources designed to help parents, educators, administrators and advocates understand the significance of well-developed goals and guide them through the process.

13 FEDERAL MANDATES FOR IEP GOALS

This guide is developed from the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and reviews the 13 federal mandates that should be included in IEP goals. The SMARTER acronym is embedded to illustrate how we developed the process. This is a valuable IEP resource for parents, advocates, school staff, administrators, and university professors who teach college students in education majors and related services fields.

3 SMARTER IEP GOAL SAMPLES

These three example goals illustrate the SMARTER Steps process to developing legally compliant IEPs. The SMARTER prompting system is a guide to save time for teams when developing IEP goals. It includes all 13 federal mandates to ensure compliance. The guide can be easily communicated to staff and parents, removing the cumbersome jargon of special education laws. The SMARTER Steps process is helpful in preventing IEP stress and reducing disputes between parents and schools.

SMARTER STEPS PUZZLE HANDOUT

This one-page handout is a handy visual for understanding legally compliant IEP development. It is designed to assist parents, advocates, school staff, administrators, and university professors who teach college students in education and related services fields. The SMARTER prompt contains the 13 federal mandates for IEP goals, written in user-friendly terms without the legal jargon that can be confusing to teams. The handout can serve as a visual organizer for IEP meetings to show how each mandate has been addressed in the goal. The intent of this handout is to reduce IEP stress and improve school-family communications

SMARTER STEPS QUICK TIPS HANDOUT

This one-page handout is a great visual for IEP meetings related to legally compliant goals. This is designed for parents, advocates, school staff, administrators, and university professors who teach college students in education and related services fields. The SMARTER prompting system contains the 13 federal mandates for IEP goals, written in user-friendly terms without the legal jargon that can be confusing to teams. The handout can serve as a checklist for IEP meetings, showing that each area has been addressed in the goal. The intent of this handout is to reduce IEP stress and improve school-family communications.

SMARTER STEPS QUICK TIPS OVERVIEW GUIDE

This four-page guide is a time-saver for IEP development! This is designed for parents, advocates, school staff, administrators, and university professors who teach college students in education and related services fields. The S.M.A.R.T.E.R. acronym is a prompting system that includes all 13 federal mandates to ensure compliance. The guide helps teams avoid common pitfalls of the frustrating IEP goal writing process and can be easily communicated to staff and parents, removing the cumbersome jargon of special education laws. The SMARTER Steps process is helpful in preventing IEP stress and reducing disputes between parents and schools.

WEBINAR 1 HOW TO SAVE TIME AND DEVELOP LEGALLY COMPLIANT IEP GOALS

This webinar is 1 hour and 30 minutes. It introduces you to the SMARTER Steps system to help IEP teams develop legally compliant IEP goals. We review IDEA history, definitions, research, and mandates to provide everyone a solid foundation for understanding goals. Next, we share the recent developments with the Results Driven Accountability methods that the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation is using to “grade” the states on their IEP outcomes. Find out how your state is doing on this process. We guide you through an easy prompting system to help you learn how to save time and develop legally compliant goals. A Reflection Summary page and Certificate of Attendance are included in the Supporting Document Tab.

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