Presenter: Lisa Van Gemert, Gifted Guru
Core Area: Planning 1.3, Professional Practices and Responsibilities 4.1 
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 0.25

Are you getting ready for your first IEP/504 meeting? Or maybe you have been to one that hasn’t gone well? Leaving an unproductive IEP or 504 meeting that is is confusing and frustrating for everyone involved, not to mention a waste of everyone’s time. Everyone wants to leave with a clear understanding of what is needed and expected. Learn the essentials that make a successful collaboration so you can be prepared before, during, and after the meeting to help your students with IEP or 504 plans. 

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The purpose of 504 or IEP meetings to get parents, special ed teachers, district personnel, and other therapists into one room to make a plan that will help the student be as successful as possible. Once all of those people are in the room together, you want to make sure that you can maximize the meeting to best serve the student.
In “Essentials for Teaching – Preparing for an IEP or 504 Meeting,” Lisa Van Gemert gets you prepped and ready by covering the who, what, when, where, why, and how questions. In order for things to go well and the meeting to be productive, you must know what the expectations are and also watch out for some of the pitfalls.
Whether you have done it many times or your first one is coming up, this course will help you:
  • Prepare for the meeting effectively
  • Anticipate the needs of the parents
  • Participate effectively during the meeting
  • Follow up after the meeting to make sure student needs are met
Lisa Van Gemert shares best practices in education with audiences around the world using a combination of neuropsychology, pedagogy, experience, humor, technology and sheer fun. She is an expert consult to television shows including Lifetime’s “Child Genius,” and a writer of award-winning lesson plans, as well as numerous published articles on social psychology and pedagogy and the book, Perfectionism: A Practical Guide to Managing Never Good Enough. A former teacher, school administrator, and Youth & Education Ambassador for Mensa, she shares resources for educators and parents on her website giftedguru.com and is co-founder with Ian Byrd of the Gifted Guild, a professional community for educators of the gifted. Lisa and her husband Steve are the parents of three sons and live in Arlington, Texas.

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15 reviews for Essentials for Teaching – Preparing for an IEP or 504 Meeting

  1. Jacqueline – BEAUMONT ISD (verified owner)

    Excellent information presented.

  2. Sondra – PORT NECHES-GROVES ISD (verified owner)

    It was informative.

  3. Nikita – BEAUMONT ISD (verified owner)

    Very informative

  4. Daisy – BEAUMONT ISD (verified owner)


  5. Laurie – BEAUMONT ISD (verified owner)

    was informative

  6. Theresa – STOCKDALE ISD (verified owner)

    Helpful info

  7. Marjorie – BEAUMONT ISD (verified owner)

    Good review of IEP meetings

  8. cara – BEAUMONT ISD (verified owner)

    hepful and insightful

  9. Ashley – DENTON ISD (verified owner)

    This course did not offer much information.

  10. Ryan – CLYDE-GREEN SPRINGS EXEMPTED VILLAGE (verified owner)

    Very good course

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