School administrators and district leaders need to ensure that they proactively educate their principals and teachers, both regular education and special education, on the principles of IDEA 2004.
Lack of knowledge and/or preparation will cause undue stress and strain on everyone involved in the IEP process. Make sure that your teachers understand the principles of FAPE, LRE, and NDE. Ensure that your teachers are successful with incorporating inclusive practices in the classroom.
I've served as LEA for hundreds of IEP meetings and served as classroom teacher in dozens more. Let me help your staff navigate this complicated world of special education!
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