As parents and educators, your time is precious. Between juggling countless responsibilities at school and home, finding those extra minutes in the day can feel impossible. This is especially true when it comes to managing and navigating the often complex and time-consuming Special Education system and IEP process.
But what if I told you that with a few simple time management strategies, you could streamline all the things you need to do before your next IEP meeting and make the process more efficient?
Together with Time Timer®, I’ve created a comprehensive Time Saving IEP Prep guide with checklists that you can download here.
A sneak peek inside the Time Saving IEP Guide:
Action Step: Block Out Time in Your Calendar
Action Step: Keep Your “Why” Crystal Clear
Action Step: Actively Involve Parents
Action Step: Promote Student Self-Advocacy
Action Step: Share a Draft IEP
Bonus: Try using visual timers, like Time Timer®, both for children and for yourself! Timers provide a clear visual cue of time passing, helping all of us transition between tasks, and meet deadlines. If you’re considering incorporating timers into IEPs as support, be sure to download the Time Saving IEP Guide for ideas on how to officially add timers into a child’s IEP.
You got this! With some planning and the right time management strategies, you can start navigating the IEP process without feeling frazzled. You’ll have space in your day to build a comprehensive IEP tailored to a child’s unique needs. And remember, an IEP does not need to be overcomplicated. Grab your Time Timer®, follow the checklist inside the full guide (link to guide), and get ready to focus on the highest priority needs to prepare every child for further education, employment, and independent living.
Author: Catherine Whitcher, M.Ed is the founder of Master IEP Coach® programs for parents and teachers, host of the Special Education Inner Circle podcast, and has been helping parents and teachers through the IEP process for 25 years. If you’re unsure about how an IEP can support a child’s school day or want to level up a current IEP for maximum impact, reach out to Catherine here.