A Teacher's Guide to IEP's

Making sure everyone's needs are met.

A Teacher's Guide to IEP's provides an in-depth look at Individualized Education Plans so you can feel confident creating an IEP that supports both the student and those who work with them. 

It gives solid foundation in the IEP Process, common terminology you will come across and strategies for writing goals and objectives designed to help the teacher to understand how to support their student's needs. 

At the end of this course you will have a systematic process for creating and reviewing IEPs.

*Note: 504s will be discussed within the context of this course


Individualized Education Plans are created to help support student's with diverse learning needs. A well written IEP means the student's needs are met and anyone reading it, has the information they need to set this student up for success.
When students have their needs supported, they feel like a valued member of the class. It creates a greater sense of community and reduces the need for being reactive in the moment.
A well written IEP takes the guess work out of support the student. It provides teachers the opportunity to meet the child where they are at and have the appropriate supports. 
This course is for teachers looking to up their IEP game. Teacher Education programs are jammed pack with so much important information in a short amount of time. Unfortunately, many teachers come out feeling overwhelmed about IEPs. A Teacher's Guide to IEPs allows you to take a closer look at the important elements in an IEP. I'll walk through some case studies of generic IEPs 
 and show you how to make them tailored to what the student needs so the student gets the support they need and any teacher reading the document knows exactly what to do.

- Kathryn Garforth, PhD, Founder of Garforth Education & The Right to Read Initiative

What’s Inside “A Teacher's Guide to IEPs”?

Module 1: Intro to IEP

  • Introduction
  • What is and IEP?
  • ​Who are they for?
  • Why are they look like?
  • What does it mean for your student?
  • ​Synopsis

Module 2: IEP Process

  • Introduction
  • Identification & Assessment
  • Planning
  • ​​Program & Support
  • ​​Evaluation
  • ​​Reporting
  • ​​Synopsis

Module 3:
Understanding your Student

  • Introduction
  • Understanding your Student's DX
  • Reports
  • ​​Explaining your Student's Strengths & Weaknesses
  • ​​Explaining your Student's Past & Future
  • ​Synopsis

Module 4: Accommodations & Modifications

  • Introduction
  • Adaptations
  • Modifications
  • ​How are they different?
  • What do they mean?
  • ​What is best for my Child?
  • ​​Synopsis

Module 5: Goals and Objectives

  • Introduction
  • How are they Different?
  • Creating good Goals and Objectives
  • ​What do they mean for my student?
  • How many?
  • ​​Synopsis

Module 6: Other Terms

  • Introduction
  • Advocacy & Self Advocacy
  • Transition Plan
  • ​​Mainstreaming VS Special Education
  • Least Restrictive Environment
  • ​​Inclusion VS Integration
  • ​​Behaviour Intervention Plan (BIP)
  • ​​Synopsis

Bonus Module: Your IEP Meeting

  • Introduction
  • What to expect?
  • Who will be there?
  • ​IEP Binder
  • ​Who should you take?
  • ​​IEP Meeting Bag
  • ​​​Synopsis

Here’s what people are saying about the course…

You will learn much more than what is listed in the course outline. The instructor is extremely knowledgeable and approachable. She is “on the pulse” of all things relating to learning differences…plus she has lived it…all sides of it. In my opinion, experience is king. If this is your career path you need to know Dr. G

O.G. Instructor
This course is ideal for educators seeking more information about Psych-Eds and the IEP process. It will provide them with a solid foundation of knowledge, practical strategies to support their students, and tools to assist parents to better advocate for their child’s needs during IEP meetings.

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About the Business

Garforth Education welcomes clients of all ages and with different academic needs including learning disorders, ADHD, Autism Spectrum, and low incidence special needs.

At Garforth Education, we believe that everybody has a unique learning profile with different strengths and challenges. When considering this profile to design a personalized education plan, it is possible to find a pathway to success at any age.

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