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At the beginning of every school year, I mail a letter home to parents, introducing myself as their child’s IEP case manager for the year. I outline my responsibilities, share my contact information, and include some tips for a great school year.
The past few years, I’ve been including this student information form as well. It has absolutely changed the way I consider parent input when developing IEPs.
Here’s why you need this form:
- It establishes contact with parents immediately. I love starting the year on a positive note, rather than having my first parent contact about a behavior problem or failing grade.
- It catches information that may not be accurate or up-to-date in a child’s school files. Cassidy got glasses over the summer? Good to know! André also has a diagnosis of anxiety? How did we miss that? Hamad lives with his dad now? I'll make sure to update his file.
- It provides a professional way to bring up sensitive topics. Every year, I have kids who take medication for ADHD and then just stop mid-year. Ittt affects their behavior, motivation, and organization. When the parent indicates in August that their child was taking medication, it allows me to say “You indicated on your child’s student information form that Addison takes medication for ADHD. Is that still the case?”
- It helps you see a child through their parents’ eyes. After the technical information like address, phone number, and birthdate, the first question parents answer is “What are your child’s best qualities?” It’s great to have input for a child’s Present Levels and Parent Concerns before holding the meeting.
- It gives insight into potential goals and accommodations. Parents can give ideas of things they would like their child to work on this year, as well as what teachers can do to support their child. I often find inspiration for goals and accommodations in their answers to these questions.
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