A Guide to Collaboration for IEP Teams / Edition 1

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Overview

Under federal law, public school personnel are expected to work with parents as a team to design, review, and modify Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) for children designated as having special education needs. While this applies to roughly 10% of all children enrolled in public schools, few of these team participants have received adequate training. With so many complex, challenging, and emotionally charged decisions involved, participating in an IEP meeting can seem like navigating through a minefield. But now there's a practical guide to managing these meetings with a high level of awareness, safety, and confidence. This skills-based book will help administrators, teachers, resource professionals, and parents work as a unified team to design, review, and modify IEPs for children with special education needs. This resource fully addresses effective meeting management, negotiation, the emotional side, and conflict prevention. Written in a user-friendly and conversational style, this much-needed book is supplemented with checklists, outlines, diagrams, and specific examples to make the complex simple. Incorporating the feedback and suggestions of hundreds of special education professionals, this book will be invaluable in creating the best possible IEPs.
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Editorial Reviews

Chuck Noe

"[Nick Martin's] ideas work.ÂHe gets staff thinking about what makes a successful [IEP] meeting. I recommend the book for anyone wanting to strengthen the quality of the meeting and the outcomes."
Azusa Pacific University - Kate Scorgie
"A practical, child-focused guide to collaborative solution-building. . . . With great sensitivity, [Martin] enables readers to take a variety of seats around the negotiating table and view the collaborative process through the perspectives of parents, teachers, and administrators."
Inc. Book News
"Martin, a conflict resolution specialist, offers a practical guide that will help administrators, teachers, resource professionals, and parents work together to design and modify individualized education programs (IEPs) for children with special education needs. Written in a reader-friendly style in plain language, the book offers examples, suggestions, and checklists for conducting effective meetings, building consensus, minimizing conflict, and managing strong emotions that come up when working in IEP teams."
Attention Magazine
"This is a great tool for in-service training on the IEP process and working collaboratively with parents for positive outcomes for all children with disabilities."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557667908
  • Publisher: Brookes Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/1/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Nicholas R.M. Martin is a conflict resolution consultant who lives near Fort Worth, Texas, with this wife, Kathleen, and daughter, Miya. Nick is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Hartford, and his educationsl background is in clinical psychology. After many years as a juvenile court psychologist, mental health counselor, and dispute mediator, he has come to focus increasingly on team building and conflict prevention. A considerable part of his more recent work has involved skills-based training for those working in special education. Nick has been authorized to mediate for several court jurisdictions and serves as a contract mediator for the U.S. Postal Service. He has been providing highly acclaimed and practically oriented training for more than 25 years. He has also taught dispute resolution at the graduate level. Nick is the author of An Operator's Manual for Successful Living (DeVorss, 1988) and Strengthening Relationships When Our Children Have Special Needs (Future Horizons, 2004). He has also published numerous newspaper and journal articles, some of which can be found at his website, www.4accord.com.

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Table of Contents

Part I: Effective Meeting Management

  1. A Vision of the IEP Team
    Conducting the IEP Meeting
    Achieving Collaboration and Consensus

Part II: Conflict Prevention and Resolution

  1. Timelines and Behavior Trains
    Diplomacy and Support of Feelings
    The Search for Serenity
    The Courage to Make Changes
    The Wisdom to Know
    Where We Go from Here

Appendix: The Graduate Course

Index

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