Role of Parents and Families During an IEP Meeting
Parents and families are important, vital members of the IEP Team.
Parents and families…
- Provide information on the student’s strengths and weaknesses at home.
- Provide background information on the student’s history and physical and social development.
- Provide information on any family factors that may affect the student’s learning.
- Are the only adults in the educational process who have been and will continue to be deeply involved throughout the student’s school career.
- Have the opportunity to spend more hours working side by side with the student, observing work at home and in the community.
- Observe the student’s learning style in the home/community.
- Collaboratively participate and communicate with educators.
- Be open and willing to ask questions and give feedback during meetings and after progress is provided.
- Should be aware of what your educational rights are as a parent under IDEA.
Each member of the IEP team plays a key role in supporting each and every child’s education. We must collaborate together to ensure that all students succeed.