• Read last year’s IEP and make notes about things to keep, drop, or revise.
  • File any loose reports, evaluations or letters in your advocacy notebook.
  • Make a list of all the issues you want to address at the meeting.
  • Prioritize each item on your list as negotiable or non-negotiable.
  • Write down your top 3 concerns. Make a statement out of each one.Follow each statement up with supporting evidence and a non- threatening question.
  • Research anything you feel like you need to know more about. Your goal: to be able to ask good questions during the meeting.
  • Complete the “Positive Student Profile” to introduce your child to the team.
  • Make copies of anything you want to share with the team.
  • If your spouse can’t attend the meeting, invite someone else for support.
  • Notify the school if you plan to tape the meeting.
  • Review any rights you’re unsure of.
  • Reach out to your support network. Talk to other parents, mentors, or advocates.
  • Hug your child!

Go into your meeting with confidence knowing that you are the ultimate “expert” on your child!