Parents who are new to Special Education can encounter an overwhelming amount of information in a short period of time; there’s a lot of new terminology, and there are also conferences and processes to wade through. Our friendly and knowledgeable Special Education team is hosting a series of sessions called Special Education 101 to help families navigate this complex area!


“Special Education 101 is a very important component of IPS providing the best educational support to our students with unique learning needs,” said Special Education Officer Brent Freeman. “Parents are essential partners in the education of their children. We also know that the realm of Special Education is complex and can be intimidating or confusing to navigate. This event will inform future sessions available to parents and families. “


Current and future IPS families are invited to attend an hour-long session on Tuesday, April 12 at 2 p.m. or 6 p.m. at any of our seven locations: Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School, George Buck School 94, Harshman Magnet Middle School, Northwest Community High School, Rousseau McClellan Montessori School 91, Stephen Foster School 67 and William McKinley School 39.


“Families can expect to learn how to navigate the complex puzzle of special education,” said Freeman, “including how all of the pieces fit together for their child. We will cover special education vocabulary, specifically highlighting the parts of an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and Case Conference.”

Special Education team members will be prepared to answer any questions families may have regarding their student’s unique needs and circumstances. No advance preparation is necessary, but all interested families are invited to review our Special Education resources online.