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The Individualized Education Program process is familiar to any educator in special education, but the details of the system may not have been fully explored. IEPs allow for disabled students to receive a quality education and individualized learning. It is imperative for educators to follow the mandates outlined for IEPs.

The SMARTER STEPS® GUIDE TO CREATING SMARTER IEP GOALS serves as a way to check the legal compliance of IEP goals and train educators to work toward this compliance. It outlines the thirteen federal mandates related to IEP goals and presents information and research in a simple, easy-to-understand format. Included appendices help test readers on their new knowledge with a quiz, worksheet, reflection page, and additional resources.

Authors Kelly Ott, MEd., MHS, CCC-SLP, and Lara Wakefield, PhD, CCC-SLP, focus on how important it is not only for educators to have this information but for administrators as well. Too much time and energy is lost in miscommunications between the two different groups. When you add in concerned parents, the focus may shift away from the students and lead to personality clashes. With a solid foundation for IEPs and a thorough understanding of the mandates, these conflicts can be avoided.

J.D. Special Educator
5.0 out of 5 stars June 30, 2017 Format: Paperback | Verified Purchase This book was extremely helpful for me. As a special education teacher, I did not receive much training in how to write legally compliant IEP goals. I wasn’t aware of the legal requirements and tended to just do “what I’ve always done.” This book is helping me before mindful in my goal writing. I have noticed that the students with SMARTER goals are having better outcomes. The parents are move involved with this SMARTER system because it makes more sense to them as we walk through the acronym in IEP meetings. Another bonus for me is that my special education administrator approved this book for my professional development plan for the school year! It has everything built in to the book for your PDP: Plan template, Reflection guides, Quiz to demonstrate mastery, and the PDP Tracking form for my supervisor! These authors have clearly thought of everything you need to make a PDP EASY. Best part: I get PDP credit while I’m in IEP meetings creating SMARTER goals. It’s a win-win for the students, parents, and me.
Mom 2 the Bean & Bear
5.0 out of 5 stars May 21, 2017 Format: Paperback | Verified Purchase Simple framework for writing strong goals. Only challenge now is to convince school districts that legally compliant goals are in their best interest! The book is a quick read, but putting the strategy into practice takes time and practice. But do practice! It is worth it!
Jessica S.
5.0 out of 5 stars March 1, 2017 Format: Kindle Edition | Verified Purchase Fabulous book to add to my tool box as a special education advocate! I recommend this book highly to parents and professionals who want to make sure the goals they set for they’re their students make a big impact on their educational experience.
5.0 out of 5 stars April 24, 2017 Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase For parents and professionals needing to learn or update their familiarity and expertise with the IEP process, this book is right on target.
Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars March 13, 2018 Format: Paperback Amazing book that I will continue to use and reference time and time again. Has all of the info you need to write compliant IEP that bring about student success and positive family involvement

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"How to Save Time and Develop Legally Compliant IEP Goals"

“How to Save Time and Develop Legally Compliant IEP Goals” is the overview webinar of the S.M.A.R.T.E.R Steps® system.  Learn this easy 7-step prompting system to gain a solid foundation on how to develop goals for optimal outcomes for children with IEPs. This webinar is for everyone: parents, advocates, school staff, administrators, college students, and university instructors.  This webinar is 1 hour and 30 minutes in length. This is an example of our SMARTER series recorded webinars available through our membership program.

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