When you are getting ready for a meeting, it can help to think, clarify and collect.
questions to ask (writing these down can remind you to discuss them at the meeting)
what you will say to contribute to each stage of the discussion
what action or outcome you would like from the meeting
what action or outcome others might like from the meeting.
Clarify the goal you want the meeting to achieve and the best outcome for the student with disability (eg ‘Andy needs to participate more in class’), rather than a set strategy (’Andy must have a teaching assistant’).
Collect information that may be useful in the discussion, including:
relevant records, such as copies of emails and previous communications
examples of educational plans, adjustments and actions that have been useful previously (even strategies that didn’t work in the past can be useful in planning for the future)
professional information such as specialists’ reports, letters or plans with recommendations
other information to help the group’s understanding, such as photos of equipment that could assist the student.