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Module 12: The IEP Team

Module 12: The IEP Team

by Lisa Küpper
Center for Parent Information and Resources

July 2016

Editor’s Note: Module 12 was originally written in 2007. In 2016, its contents were updated and “toured” as part of a CPIR webinar for Parent Centers. Should you wish to listen to that webinar (where other updated IEP modules were toured as well), the webinar is archived on CPIR’s website, at:

The links to Module 12 materials below go to the updated 2016 version of The IEP Team: Who’s a Member?

**Este módulo está disponible en español: El Equipo del IEP: ¿Quién es un miembro?

The title of this module says it all. The IEP Team: Who’s a Member? looks, person by person, at the membership of the team of individuals that IDEA requires be involved in developing a child’s individualized education program (IEP).

The module  is available in English and Spanish, as you’ll see below. It includes:

  • a slideshow presentation in English;
  • a slideshow presentation in Spanish;
  • a Trainer’s Guide explaining the content; and
  • handouts for participants in English and in Spanish.

Please help yourself below, and download the components you need to learn on your own and/or to train others regarding who’s a member of the IEP Team.

Looking for just a quick summary?
If you’re merely looking for a quick summary of the IEP Team, not the detailed explanation that Module 12 offers, we are pleased to direct you to just such a summary!

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Module 12 Materials
In English and in Spanish

The following elements are available as part of Module 12. You don’t have to download every element–for example, you may not need to train in Spanish, so you don’t need those materials, or you might prefer to download and share only the PDF version of the handouts for participants.

Handouts for Participants
[The handout files below include those for updated Module 12 (this one), Module 13 (Content of the IEP), and Module 14 (Meetings of the IEP Team).]
English, PDF (1.5 MB) and/or English, accessible Word file (170 kb)
Spanish, PDF (1.2 MB) and/or Spanish, accessible Word file (180 kb)

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Note about the Spanish Translations:
In preparing the handouts in Spanish, we chose to use a certain vocabulary set for the terminology most frequently used in IDEA. IDEA itself is extremely and purposefully consistent about its terminology, and we felt it critical to do the same in Spanish. However, we fully recognize that there are many ways to say the same thing, and Spanish is rich with alternatives from country to country, region to region. So we’ve also prepared a glossary of the terminology used in IDEA, how we’ve rendered that terminology in Spanish, and other ways of rendering it that families may also hear. Share this with participants as you see fit or use it to guide your own translations. The glossary of terminology is available in two formats, PDF and Word:

  • PDF | Glossary of English-Spanish Terminology
  • Word | Glossary of English-Spanish Terminology

There! You have all you need for Module 12.

Please remember that these materials are designed to be thorough and authoritative sources of info on IDEA 2004. That’s why they are so detailed. As a trainer, you are free to adapt the info we’ve offered to serve the purposes and needs of your audiences and the amount of time you have to spend with them.

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Quick-Jump Menu to Other Modules
1: Top 10 Basics of Special Education
2: Key Changes in IDEA
5: Disproportionality in Special Education (updated version, 2020)
6: Early Intervening Services and Response to Intervention
7: Highly Qualified Teachers (withdrawn with the reauthorization of NCLB as the ESSA in 2015)
9: Introduction to Evaluation under IDEA
10: Initial Evaluation and Reevaluation
11: Identification of Children with Specific Learning Disabilities
12: The IEP Team (you’re here)
13: Content of the IEP
14: Meetings of the IEP Team
15: LRE Decision Making
16: Children Enrolled by Their Parents in Private Schools
17: Introduction to Procedural Safeguards
18: Options for Dispute Resolution
19: Key Issues in Discipline

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SOURCE ARTICLE: Center for Parent Information and Resources