Writing a strengths-based IEP requires a shift in mindset. Instead of focusing on deficits, teachers can examine students’ strengths, and how those strengths could be used to support educational goals. Strengths can include anything that impacts learning: academic and cognitive abilities; areas where students excel or display passion; as well as students’ social and emotional skills and background experiences. But what do we need to make that mindset shift? How do we ensure that we are looking at IEPs through a lens of racial equity?
In this 2023 Share My Lesson Virtual Conference session, we will touch on the importance of strength-based IEPs; the connection with learner variability; the intersection of race and learning disabilities in IEPs; and, the power of recognizing the whole child. We also will showcase the IEP Project’s teacher template, produced by a team of expert teachers. The goal is to provide educators with a guide, easy to integrate into their IEP work, designed to create strength-based IEPs so students can meet their potential in school and beyond.