How to Support Students in Virtual IEP Meetings & Bringing Student Voice in IEP Conversations
How to Support Students in Virtual IEP Meetings (District Administration)
Nine ways to help students with disabilities to feel comfortable and meaningfully participate in IEP meetings held remotely this fall.
- Send documents home for student and parent to review.
- Seek information before the meeting
- Ensure all participants use their camera.
Bringing Student Voice Into IEP Conversation (Edutopia)
One specific area of concern and focus is students with individualized education programs, or IEPs. As educators adapt to the new normal, it’s important to keep in mind how the shifts we’re undergoing affect IEP meetings and the way we make and discuss plans. Whether via Zoom or face-to-face, providing students with agency and voice through thoughtful questions can keep them focused, goal driven, and invested in their learning.
This article provides some questions that educators can ask students to make IEP meetings more constructive. These questions are designed to keep long-term goals in mind while also making discussions more self-reflective. Though the language is geared toward middle and high school students, the questions can be adapted for younger students as well.