Paths to Literacy

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Student-Made IEP Book

creating student-made IEP book

I try to get my students as involved as possible in the IEP process as early as I can.  One of my students, who is in the 3rd grade, created a book about the IEP process.  She became extremely well-informed and has already begun to develop strong advocacy and self-determination skills.


  • paper
  • pencil
  • crayons and/or colored pencils
  • binding for book


  1. Discuss with the student what an IEP is and what happens at the meeting.  Talk to them about what they think they should be working on and what is important to learn.  Discuss who works with them and what their different roles are. 
  2. Create a page for each step of the process.  Have the student do as much of the writing as possible and illustrate each page.
  3. Assemble the pages of the book in a loose-leaf notebook, with spiral binding, or just stapled.
  4. Share the book with classmates, other teachers, and family.
  5. Invite the student to participate in the IEP meeting.

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PE Adaptations

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Special education information

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This can be changed according to the student's age and abilities.  It can be written in braille, audio recorded, done just with drawings or other illustrations, etc.


Creating Student-made IEP books


Common Core and Braille Standards


W.K.2  Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose informative/explanatory texts in which they name what they are writing about and supply some information about the topic.
W.3.2a Introduce a topic and group related information together; include illustrations when useful to aiding comprehension.


This is a great idea!

Posted by Penny Rosenblum


Posted by Kathi Loudon

Thank you!

Posted by Beth Bartson


Posted by Betsy Anderson

Posted on January 15, 2014
Updated on: February 7, 2018

Previous comments for Student-Made IEP Book

Betsy Anderson commented on February 9, 2014

I agree with the others. You make it look so simple. I can only imagine how empowered this student must have felt doing this book.

Beth Bartson commented on February 9, 2014

This is so great.  I agree, whoever you are, you are amazing!!



Kathi Loudon commented on February 7, 2014

eleagan, whoever you are amazing! You deserve an award for the most creative teacher. Just wow

Penny Rosenblum commented on January 16, 2014

This idea hit home with me as a way to help our students begin to understand the IEP process at the same time they start to think about the important things they need to share with others so others understand their visual impairment. A student could also use technology to create the book, for example taking photos with an iPad or making short videos of themselves doing the things they want to share with others. Love this idea, thanks for sharing!