TeacherGoal #23: How to Create Real-World IEP Goals with Catherine Whitcher

"It's time to stop writing IEPs for the 1980s and truly prepare students for the future."


Catherine Whitcher
Founder, Master IEP Coach

In this episode, Catherine Whitcher digs into how teachers should be approaching writing real-world IEP goals and why the most important task is to ensure students' unique needs are being met. She encourages teachers to ask themselves if what is taught will help students reach their goals and will prepare them for the future. Tune in and learn how teachers can help support the student's development in a meaningful way!

For 25 years, Catherine Whitcher, M.Ed has been leading both parents and teachers through the IEP process. Helping EVERYONE work together to create IEPs with less stress and more results. Catherine has seen what is possible for a child's future when we design a child's IEP for the real world and she loves to teach all IEP team members how to make it happen! 

3 TeacherGoal Tips

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Tip 1:

Focus on compliance and accountability when writing real-world IEP goals

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Tip 2:
Always ask yourself if what you teach is a skill students will use in real life

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Tip 3:
It's important to challenge old-fashioned goals and ask proactive questions when developing IEP goals

This Episode Features...

Catherine Whitcher

For 25 years, Catherine Whitcher, M.Ed has been leading both parents and teachers through the IEP process. Helping EVERYONE work together to create IEPs with less stress and more results. Catherine has seen what is possible for a child's future when we design a child's IEP for the real world and she loves to teach all IEP team members how to make it happen! She is the founder of Master IEP Coach®, which provides online mentorship and nationwide in person IEP Retreats for parents, teachers, admins, and therapists to take their IEP Leadership to the next level. Catherine is an international speaker, host of the Special Education Inner Circle podcast, a certified Special Education teacher, and sibling to an awesome brother with Down syndrome. She sees the IEP table from all perspectives and brings innovative solutions to ensure all students have a collaborative IEP team.

Erica Terry, Host

Erica Terry is a 20-year educator and co-author of the Eva the Diva Girl rhyming picture book series written with her daughter, to empower young girls to build confidence and grow in self-love. She is also the founder of Healthy Wealthy Educators, where she equips teachers with actionable tools and resources to start a profitable online business and build generational wealth without stress.

You can find her hanging out on Instagram @ericanterry_

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