Collaborating with other IEP Coaches across the country is EXCITING!
Knowing that their are other individuals that I can connect with, when I have a question or just want to shoot the breeze about how to further support the students in my classroom to obtain their goals is Awesome!!
One of the first questions I get when someone is considering becoming an IEP coach and improving their practice as a special education teacher, is can I do this and still continue to teach my students?
Yes, you can. How you do it all depends on if you are trying to move out of the classroom in a consultant capacity, or if you want to build partnerships within your current learning environment. You can also do both.
My days and nights might be busy with balancing teaching, consulting, self-care and family obligations but I do it with making sure that I am starting my day with intention and writing things down.
Here’s a little of how I balance it all.
First, I start my day with coffee, I need to wake up the senses with a warm mug in my hand. I check my calendar, to make sure no one scheduled a meeting with me while I was sleeping and if they did. I write it down in my planner, to make sure I do not overbook myself.
Then I spend some quality time reflecting on the previous day and journaling, sometimes dancing to music while getting ready to leave to my teaching position. I make sure that I pack a healthy lunch and snacks to sustain me throughout the day, because my days are never consistent. I know that I need to make sure that I keep my energy up. Then I leave for work.
I check my calendar again, and my emails before going to the gym. I check my calendar and emails right after dismissal. If I have a consult meeting after work. I work out later in the evening.
In the evening I have a dedicated time, where I review IEPS that parents and teachers have sent me along with their top 3 concerns.
I’m reading and taking notes on how the IEP can better address their concerns and make sure that their child/student is being prepared for future employment, independent living and postsecondary education.
I am answering Emails from new client inquiries and following up with current clients. I am writing IEP advocacy letters to help my clients.
I am researching best practices, so I am making sure that I am up on my skills and I am preparing for IEP coffeet talks and mentoring new teachers. I am also generating blog ideas and scheduling my social media content.
I know that this may seem like a lot on top of your daily responsibilities as an Exceptional Needs Teacher, but enrolling in this program has helped me so much with understanding the parents perspective when it comes to IEPS.
As teachers, and educators we see one side of the picture, and at times we forget to look at the whole picture. Walking into an IEP meeting, sitting across from your child’s teachers not knowing what the outcome will be is scary.
I joined to improve my practice, and out of that I began to consult with parents and teachers, to assist them in making sure that their child/student voice is being heard.
Hearing the stories of what the other IEP Coaches, had to go through to make sure that their child received the services they needed to become more independent and their voice heard was heartbreaking. I want to make sure that my student’s families did not have to go through that, that is why I became an IEP Coach.
If you are ready to improve on your practice and the lives of the students and families that you interact with on a daily basis, enroll in this program.
I look forward to hearing your feedback and helping you become stronger in your practice.