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How Teachers Can Use an IEP To Reach Their Money Goals

Being a special education teacher, I’m intimately familiar with IEP’s and write many of them every year. And although general education teachers don’t write IEP’s, it’s highly likely they’ve had students with IEP’s in their class and participated in IEP meetings. Here’s how teachers can use an IEP to reach their money goals.

What Is an IEP?

IEP stands for individualized education program, and is a plan developed by special education teachers with the help of parents and other team members to guide the education of a student in need of specialized instruction.

While it’s true that students with IEP’s have qualified for special education, it’s important to know that students may need specialized instruction for a variety of reasons. Students could have learning difficulties, difficulties with attention, or may have social/emotion support needs due to trauma or other reasons.

Whatever the reason, the purpose of an IEP is to identify areas needing support, develop goals to work toward meeting those needs, and to provide the instruction and support needed to reach those goals.

There are many parts to an IEP, not all of which are relevant to teachers setting their own goals for improving their personal finances. However, there are 3 major parts to an IEP that are relevant and will be discussed next.

Parts of an IEP

The first major part of the IEP is the Present Level of Academic and Functional Performance, or PLAAFP. The purpose of this section is to offer a snapshot of where the student is currently at, both academically and functionally.

Present Levels

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