Good School Meetings | Bay Area Special Needs Schools, IEP Meeting

15 Steps to a Good School Meeting

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  1. Dress professionally and arrive early to the school meeting.

  2. Begin by thanking the teacher and other team members for their assistance.

  3. Take notes or record the meeting so you have a clear record and you are not distracted by taking notes.

  4. When introducing an issue, be specific about what has happened and what is needed.

  5. Ask the teacher for their perspective, and listen carefully to the answers.

  6. State points clearly and concisely with specific examples.

  7. Avoid exaggerating issues or dwelling on minor past mistakes.

  8. Avoid discussing issues that only occur at home, unless they are directly related to education.

  9. Focus on specific, current and solvable problems that relate directly to your child's educational needs.

  10. Discuss the most important issue first because meetings often have time constraints.

  11. Make sure that the plan addresses all of your child's areas of need and makes reasonable accommodations.

  12. Discuss specific goals and benchmarks that can be used to measure progress.

  13. Make sure there is someone responsible for implementing each aspect of the plan.

  14. Get the meeting notes in writing, take it home and read it before signing a plan.

  15. Stay in contact with the school to make sure the plan is working, and meet again quickly if your child is not progressing.

Dr. Pratt has attended hundreds of school meetings throughout the Bay Area since 2000, and he can guide you through the process. If you have a question about school meetings, please email us at