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Getting the Most Out of IEPs: An Educator's Guide to the Student-Directed Approach (2010) Book


Student-directed IEPs are quickly gaining momentum in schools across the country—the proven benefits include higher academic achievement, enhanced student motivation, and increased communication and self-advocacy skills for students with disabilities. Now for the first time, there's a book that gives elementary and high school educators in-depth how-to guidance on making student-directed IEPs work for students with a range of special needs.

Packed with practical advice, helpful examples, and IEP resources for students themselves, this cutting-edge guidebook finally puts into print the best ideas for developing meaningful student-directed IEPs while adhering to legal requirements and evidence-based practices. Teachers will learn how to support students—regardless of their current skills and abilities—as they increase their own level of direction across every facet of the IEP process:

  • articulating strengths, needs, and legal rights
  • setting clear goals and evaluating progress
  • advocating effectively for themselves in formal settings
  • determining and securing appropriate accommodations
  • communicating preferences and interests
  • accepting responsibility for areas where improvement is needed
  • participating fully in discussions about post-school plans and needs


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