As a middle school special education teacher, I required all of my students to lead their own IEP meetings. Included is the packet I used to prepare them for the meeting. It will take them through the introductions, summarizing their strengths, a discussion of each of their IEP goals and will ask them to review and identify accommodations they might need. There is even a page for transition planning for your 8th graders.
Once the packet is complete, your student will have a complete script and outline to help them lead their own IEP meeting.
Help your students learn the fine and difficult art of self-advocating!