IEP Community Partners
Who are the IEP Partners?
- Community partner advocates of Portland Schools students and families receiving special education services. They have real life experience as advocates and/or parents of students receiving special education services.
- They know the special education system.
- They receive ongoing training for their role.
What is the role of IEP Partners?
- Help parents plan for IEP meetings.
- Provide support for parents during IEP meetings.
- Debrief with parents after IEP meetings.
- Coach parents on presenting their concerns effectively.
- Help other parents find information and resources.
- Help parents navigate the system.
- Promote the parent-educator partnership.
How do IEP Partners support the IEP Team?
- Help parents and educators be prepared for meetings.
- Help parents be an active member of the IEP team.
- Help keep the focus on the student.
- Facilitate an effective meeting experience.
- Help parents and educators work together to benefit the student’s education.
How can parents get an IEP Partner?
- A parent can contact Noelle Sisk, Family & Community Liaison in the Special Education Department to request an an IEP Partner.
- Staff can discuss the program with a parent and, with the parent’s permission, ask the Parent Liaison to call him or her.
- A parent may refer another parent to the Parent Liaison.