What Principals Need to Know About IEPs


3/11/2015 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

3/11/2015 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Wednesday, March 11
4-5 p.m. ET

The individualized education program (IEP) for students eligible for special education and related services is the foundation for all services. In this program, you’ll analyze the increasingly important role principals play in IEP development, meetings, and implementation. Much more than a paperwork exercise in compliance, the IEP is the foundation for each eligible student’s education for the whole year, and principals and assistant principals play key roles in the IEP process. This webinar addresses the important components of IEP development, reviewing what needs to happen before an IEP meeting, during the meeting, and critical (but often overlooked) elements of follow-up. The presentation is based on A Principal’s Guide to Special Education, third edition.


After completing this program, you will be able to:

  • Discuss why what you do before an IEP meeting is as important as the meeting itself.
  • Keep your IEP meetings positive, productive, and student-focused.
  • List words and phrases to avoid in an IEP meeting.
  • Analyze authority—who has it, and when it should be used.
  • Describe critical elements of follow-up after the meeting.


Workshop 15  Photo  Bateman DavidDavid F. Bateman has a B.A. in Government and Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia, a M.Ed. in Special Education from the College of William & Mary, and a Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Kansas. He has been a classroom teacher of students with learning disabilities, behavior disorders, intellectual disability, and hearing impairments. He is a professor of special education at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches courses in learning disabilities, special education law, and the introduction to special education. He was a due process hearing officer the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and is Public Policy Committee Chair for CEC’s Division for Learning Disabilities. His latest area of research is the role of principals in special education.