The Individualized Education Program (IEP) annual meeting—known in Texas as the Annual Review and Dismissal meeting—can be a challenging and emotional meeting for both the parents and teachers of children requiring special education.

To help parents, teachers and administrators with the process, the Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas (DSACT) offers an educational program on Feb. 22 to cover the following:

  • Identifying skills, practices and tools to aid the IEP process
  • Walkthrough of the Parent’s Guide to IEP Facilitation and other resources
  • Review of the three levels of facilitation used in Texas special education
  • Facilitation strategies to use in future IEP meetings

“Sometimes, it can be challenging for parents and educators to come to a consensus on what’s best for a child requiring special education,” says Peggy Wolf, education manager for DSACT. “This course offers parents and educators the perspective as well as the tools to help make well-reasoned, child-centered decisions in IEP meetings. Hopefully, the skills gained will allow for greater flexibility and options in making child-centered decisions.”

The program will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Region XIII Education Service Center at 5701 Springdale Rd. Cost is $20 and includes lunch. TEA credit is available for teachers.

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