Student-Led Individual Education Plans (IEPs)
In the 2012-13 school year, Two Rivers was selected to participate in a pilot project developed by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) to involve students with disabilities in the creation of their Individual Eduction Plan (IEPs). Under this pilot, select students in grades 5, 6, and 8 (with parent permission) worked with their special education teachers to identify their strengths and needs, help write their Present Levels of Performance, and develop annual goals. These students then participated in their IEP meetings, helping to create an IEP that best met their needs.Through supporting students in becoming part of their own IEP team, Two Rivers hopes to develop the self-advocacy skills of students with disabilities and to increase their personal investment in their education and in building skills they will need to be successful in high school and as adults. Moving forward, Two Rivers will continue to expand the number of students who participate in their IEP development.
To hear directly from Two Rivers teachers and students about their experiences with student-led IEPs, take a look at these great videos:
- The Best Me That I Can Be, by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education
- The Best Me That I Can Be (Module 5), by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education
- National Charter School Resource Center Case Study of Two Rivers
"Having students participate in their IEPs allows for increased self awareness, which allows them to become better self-advocates."
-ROSSANA MAHVI, Director of Specialized Instruction