After Your IEP Meeting
Schedule a follow-up. After the initial IEP meeting, request a 60-day review with the team to see how the year is going. This can be arranged in person with the team or written down in the section of the IEP titled “Summary of Services.”
Keep everyone on the same page. After the meeting, send everyone an e-mail or a letter summarizing the meeting goals and listing the people assigned to do specific tasks. This will serve as a record of the meeting.
Say thanks. Most people who work with special-needs children do it because they love the kids. Send a note that includes examples of how a teacher’s actions made a difference.
Catalog the journey. Keep a notebook or file for each school year. Include copies of correspondence, the current IEP, test results, report cards, and samples of your child’s work. This will help you keep the documents organized, and create a record of the progress your child has made. Refer to the notebook to remind you of how far your child has come, and of the new goals you want to help her work toward.