IEP meetings: Tips and resources to ensure success for everyone

A female teacher and a father reviewing notes about his child

Individual Education Plan (IEP) meetings can be intimidating for parents, and even stressful for teachers. But if both parties approach the process with an open mind, and equip themselves with the right questions to ask, and understand the process, it can run smoothly for all parties involved. To help you get started, I have listed here five tips for both parents and educators.

5 good tips for parents

  1. Have the IEP ahead of time so you can make notes and write down questions.
  2. Bring your notes/questions and have the IEP highlighted so these areas are easily accessible.
  3. Make sure that your questions are answered. Ask any and all clarifying questions.
  4. Be sure to have clarity about the person responsible for implementation and when it will be completed.
  5. Be a positive piece of the process – Work with the school community and remember not every single “want” can be accommodated by the school.

5 good tips for school personnel

  1. Work with the family to find a good time to meet (yes, this might be during school hours)
  2. Have all the information up-to-date and distributed to the family before the meeting.
  3. Have information in draft form and ensure that team will discuss and come to conclusions for the final draft.
  4. Be able to “think outside the box” as the initial plan may not always be the best.
  5. Be able to create an environment where the family and school are always thinking about what is best for the child to the best of everyone’s abilities.


While these tips are a good start, I have compiled a list of articles on different websites where you can find further information to help you prepare and run these meetings. Then at the bottom, if you are interested, I have a webinar coming up where you will have a chance to ask questions.  

Common mistakes at IEP meetings

Top ten questions to ask at an IEP meeting

What should parents ask for in an IEP meeting

Get the most out of IEP meetings

How to prepare for IEP meetings

The short-and-sweet IEP overview

Preparing for an IEP


If you have further questions, or would like to learn more, I will discuss the importance of an IEP, student support team documents, the critical parts of the process, and how to turn that document into an actionable plan to help students succeed. Register for our webinar: Wednesday, September 14, Noon ET, Planning for Improvement: The IEP as a Guide.


About the Author

Adam Bauserman has nearly 20 years of experience in education as both a general education and special education teacher as well as a behavior specialist and instructional specialist. His experience has been in Colorado, Indiana, and Texas. He has also served as an instructor at Ball State University and a state project coordinator for the state of Indiana. Adam joined Review360 in 2014 as an implementation specialist. His role is to train and support all stakeholders utilizing Review360 by providing ongoing educational professional development. Connect with Adam on Twitter @DoctorBehave