Special Education Transition Planning Template

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*** Definitions ***
Advocate – Someone who is on your side and will help you understand the law and fight for your
rights. An advocate can be a lawyer or anyone else who understands your problem and can help
you.
Annual goals – Educational goals in a student’s IEP. They should be positive, easily measured, and
specific to the student. They are the framework for the student’s educational plan for that year.
Conciliation conference – A meeting or series of meetings between school staff and parents to settle
a problem about the student’s education.
Due process hearing – When a person files a complaint, the next step is a due process hearing. A
hearing officer will listen to both sides of a conflict, and give a written decision.
Facilitated IEP meeting – A voluntary meeting of parents and school staff with a trained facilitator
to work out problems with a student’s IEP.
Individual education program (IEP- often called an individual education plan) – IEP can mean
either the IEP document or the IEP meeting. The document, which describes the educational plan
for a student with a disability, is written at the meeting.
IEP team – A group of people (including the parents and special education teacher) who are
involved in a student’s education. This team decides on an education plan for the student, and writes
the IEP document.
Mediation – A voluntary meeting between two parties who are having a disagreement. A trained
mediator helps the two parties come to an agreement.
Short-term instructional objectives – The smaller steps that a student will make on the way to
reaching an annual goal in their IEP
This fact sheet may be reproduced in its entirety, with credit to the Minnesota Disability Law Center. The
legal content of this fact sheet was updated in May of 2002, and it was re-written by MDLC for the Minnesota
Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities in June, 2004.
Contact Information:
Minnesota Disability Law Center (MDLC)
430 First Ave. North, Suite 300
Minneapolis, MN 55401-1780
New client intake: 612-334-5970
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