I am often asked “which is better a 504 Plan or an IEP?” My response always starts with “it depends.” They both serve different purposes and have their own strengths. In a broad sense, they are both detailed plans, created by the school and parents, to outline how a student with a disability will learn. A 504 Plan and an IEP are both intended to protect a student with a disability to ensure that they are learning in the least restrictive environment.
The IEP process can be a very daunting task. Even though I feel very comfortable with all of the paperwork I sometimes forget the "timeline". I have put together timelines and procedures for Initial Referrals, Annual Reviews and 3 year re-evaluations that we use in my district. These may be different than your district so be sure to double check. I just thought it would be good to share :) Here are the PDF versions of these forms. Feel free to print and use for reference. Follow my blog with…
EDITABLE | IEP Meeting Toolkit for Special Education Teachers • The IEP Meeting Toolkit is your comprehensive kit, all you need to prepare for an IEP meeting (aside from writing the IEP).
What is included in the IEP Meeting Toolkit?
IEP Tracking Calendar (keep track of what's due when)
IEP Meeting Calendar (keep track of when you need to hold meetings)
IEP Scheduling Log IEP Meeting Checklist (for before, during, and after the meeting)
Parent Questionnaire (send home before the meeting for…