How SpEd Program Managers Can Support Teachers & Therapists

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How SpEd Program Managers Can Support Teachers & Therapists

IEP Goals4/5/2024

Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) are foundational documents that address each student's unique needs. But, creating, implementing, and analyzing IEPs isn’t exactly straightforward.

Therefore, SPED teachers and school-based therapists often need assistance to overcome various hurdles.

Here in this blog post, we will discuss how school administrators or SpEd program managers can support teachers and therapists:

1. Provide an IEP Progress Monitoring Tool

Progress monitoring is essential for developing and implementing effective IEPs.

Special education teachers systematically collect and analyze data to track student growth.

Special education program managers should provide teachers and therapists with a reliable IEP progress monitoring tool like AbleSpace.

A cutting-edge tool for recording and tracking IEP data can help facilitate effective progress monitoring.

2. Provide Assistance for Drafting Quality PLAAFP Statements

The documentation of the PLAAFP (present levels of academic achievement and functional performance) is among the fundamental components of IEPs.

It may also be referred to as PLOP (present levels of performance) or PLP (present level performance).

The documentation outlines the student's current abilities, challenges, and learning needs. It may vary across states and school districts.

Detailed present levels, backed by data and observations based on thorough evaluation, are essential for creating meaningful goals and tailored educational plans for special needs children

Teachers and therapists may require assistance in drafting quality PLAAFP statements.

3. Allocate Enough Time for IEP Documentation

Crafting an IEP requires careful attention to detail and extensive paperwork, which can be time-consuming.

Recording and analyzing IEP data for each student, for instance,  can be challenging for educators.

Teachers may spend over ten hours each week on this task, especially if they have to rely on conventional IEP data collection methods .

Besides ensuring access to a reliable caseload management tool as discussed above, SpED program managers can further ease the burden on teachers or therapists by hiring paraprofessionals.

In any case, school administrators and special education program managers should allocate adequate time for IEP documentation.

4. Training and Professional Development

Hands-on training and professional development opportunities can equip teachers with the knowledge and skills to create and implement quality IEPs.

Besides the best practices in assessment and goal-setting, training programs may also cover special education laws.

SpEd program managers may consider providing learning opportunities through:

  • Workshops
  • Seminars
  • Online courses
  • Peer learning communities

5. Internal Monitoring and Compliance

Special education administrators must establish clear protocols to monitor the quality of IEPs, such as:

  • Conducting regular reviews of IEP documentation
  • Providing feedback

Supporting teachers in addressing any areas of non-compliance or concern

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