This morning I have an IEP meeting before school at 7:30 with the guardian of one of my new students. And another one just like it tomorrow. I had two last week after school.
My caseload has doubled. It has increased from a dozen to two dozen, 24.
IEP – Individualized Education Program – a plan or program developed to ensure that a child who has a disability identified under the law and is attending an elementary or secondary educational institution receives specialized instruction and relared services
Each one requires hours of paperwork, the invitation to the meetings through phone calls, emsils, and letters, coordinating schedules of guardians, special education teachers and leads, gen ed teachers, and admins. It takes a team. A village. And most of the time, translators. Most our parents do not speak Rnglish. Which creates quite a challenge in coordinating it all in itself. And the IEP meetibg is not the end. Or the beginning. It is an annual check in. Review, re-evaluate. Once it’s originally written. It’s just the paperwork. The IEP itself is a process. And then you have the lesson plans, teaching, grading,testing and mandatory staff meetings and team meetings to add to the mix. it’s never ending. But we do it in the name of the students.In hopes of making a difference. ❤
When you think about it, God has an IEP for each of us. Our disability is we are human. He makes sure we each have specialized instructions in how to live according to his plan. It’s called the bible. He knows our strengths, what accommodations and modifications each of us may need to make it throught this life the best we can. He provides them. He can tell you what assessments he’s used over the years to test us. To grow us. To make us stronger. His goal for each of us is simple. To love all as He loves us. He knows how many minutes are required for each of us to best learn with direct instruction in his world each week. He’s placed churches across the globe to offer such instruction. He’s placed the Holy Spirit inside each of us to guide us as his related services. And he holds each copy in his own personal book of life.
We are the “I” in God’s IEP.
There is no need for us to ever fear for our Lord is our special education teacher. He goes before us, he is with us, he’ll never leave us. He knows us. Individually. Just like the IEP written by hand for each of our students by their special education teacher. But his are not written by human hands. They are perfect.
It is the lord who goes before you. He will be with you. He will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed. Deuteronomy 31:8
Love and laughter,