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From Contentious to Fruitful: Preparing for and Conducting the Difficult IEP Meeting

Price: $250.00


Presented by Jose Martín, Esq.

How campus and special education staff handle a contentious IEP team meeting can mean the difference between smoothing over a difficult situation or escalating to due process proceedings. The steps you take to prevent antagonistic parent relationships, as well as how you plan and prepare for a predictably hostile meeting, go a long way to fostering peace of mind for you, your staff, the parents and the student.

School attorney Jose Martín draws from his years of experience working with school districts to bring you strategies you can use to maximize the potential for an amicable and fruitful meeting, including:

  • Tips on doing your homework for the meeting to anticipate parent issues and requests
  • Planning your response to parent demands
  • Collecting and organizing data from evaluations, progress monitoring and observations
  • Conducting pre-meeting staffings
  • Avoiding predetermination claims
  • Developing options so school staff are not stuck on one answer or solution
  • Dealing with difficult moments in the actual meeting
  • Maintaining an organized approach to completing an IEP proposal
  • Avoiding overly lengthy meetings and closing the meeting appropriately

Martín also discusses common errors and dynamics that can escalate a dispute and ruin a meeting – so you can be ready to react appropriately, both emotionally and factually, to achieve IEP team goals.

(2010. CD. 90 min. Product Code: 3801.111710. S/H: $5.50)

(Printed materials included. CDs must be prepaid. No returns on CDs.)

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