IEP meetings are usually at least a little stressful. Why wouldn’t they be? All the pieces of the special education puzzle come to the table to discuss progress and next steps for a student who needs help having a positive educational experience.
Most of the time one or more parents are there to hear the review and give feedback. If things aren’t meeting the expectations of one participant in the meeting you can expect the dialogue to ensue. Sometimes it gets heated. The post IEP meeting evaluation could be the most important part of the IEP meeting in the first place.
Have you ever had a bad experience at a place of business and not shared that with them? What do you do with that information? Share it with others of course! Sometimes you tell your friends and family, write a review on Yelp or on the business’s Facebook page. While all those may help you feel better about the negative experience, it isn’t helping the business serve you or other customers better and prevents the business from correcting what you didn’t think went well.
Would you want to know if there was something you could have done better at your job or would you rather your boss just tell everyone in the office about what he or she thinks you didn’t do well? You get the point…
A Post IEP Meeting Evaluation Is Needed To Collect Information After The Fact
There is a lot that is shared in an IEP meeting. There are usually several participants in the room and everyone needs to have time to deliver their piece of the IEP progress report. There is natural competition to be heard in these meetings. The parties who usually feel left out of the time allotment is the parents.
This creates an inadvertent bad feeling between parents and the special education team. If they don’t get to ask enough questions, the feeling is that the special education team didn’t care to hear them. This is usually the furthest thing from the truth.
Using a post IEP meeting evaluation is a great way to ask for additional questions. Maybe the parents thought of something to ask after they got home. Collecting this information and getting questions answered makes parents feel heard and in control of their piece of the special education puzzle. Feeling like a valued team member is the best way to keep parents feeling good about the special education efforts being made for their child.
Asking Parents For Feedback After An IEP Meeting Helps You Learn
The simple follow up to the IEP meeting could simply be, “How did we do?” You might be surprised by what the response is. Is there something you wished had gone better in the IEP meeting? Maybe your student’s parents thought that part went especially well!
Sometimes you leave an IEP meeting thinking you hit it out of the park when the parents think you missed the ball altogether. Don’t be afraid to ask them how they think it went. Take the feedback constructively and use it to evaluate how you are delivering IEP reports for the future.
The Post IEP Meeting Evaluation May Mitigate Future Litigation By Parents
What’s the fastest way to get a parent to call a special education attorney? Make them feel like you don’t care about their child. Now, you’d be hard pressed to find an educator who doesn’t care about their students. Quite the contrary. Parents who don’t feel heard or valued by their child’s special education team are the group of parents most likely to start calling special education attorneys for their critique of what you are doing for their child.
Special education attorney involvement in a child’s IEP process is at times unavoidable. Making sure your special education student’s parents are well informed and respected as a member of the special education team goes a long way in saving you time and grief in special education lawsuits. Make sure you are following up on their feedback to ensure everyone is on the right page.
Post IEP Meeting Evaluation Information Should Follow The Student
All of this post IEP meeting evaluation stuff is great, but it is much better served if it is following the student year after year. There could be pitfalls you’d like your peers or future educators to avoid in dealing with this student and/or their families. You may want to make sure you don’t run into the same issues again with parents next year. You also may want to keep their self-written feedback as part of the Post IEP Meeting Evaluation record itself. The best way to do that is with eCare Vault.
eCare Vault is the first solution of its kind to do what you always wanted your student’s records to do, be available to anyone who is participating in the educational experience of the student and keep all records, paperwork, and reports in one place. If post IEP meeting evaluation feedback is important to you, should keeping the information permanently in one secure place.