An easy tip I give my parents is to always look professional. An IEP meeting is a formal contract negotiation. You should look the part – dress accordingly, bring a notepad & pen to take notes, and organize your paperwork in a binder.
It may seem like a little thing, but appearances matter, and a binder is a simple and easy way to “look the part”. Put copies of all of the paperwork in the notebook, notes that you have on your child’s performance, previous report cards, examples of work product…. you get the picture.
The goal here is twofold:
1. To keep you organized
2. To give the IEP team the impression that you mean business and are ready to take an active role in your child’s educational plan.
Sometimes the little things make a big difference.