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IEP Templates

Our electronic templates can be downloaded via the Internet to both PC and Mac users. They can be filled in, edited, saved, and printed for your professional needs.   Funding for this web site and the work that goes into creating and maintaining the templates is provided through annual maintenance agreements with Special Education Local Planning Areas and School Districts throughout the United States.  To download the forms for your school district, look for  your District/SELPA located on the navigation buttons to the right.

Choosing Template Format:  

If you are using a PC we recommend using the basic PC format.  This format is windows-based and can be downloaded without the need of any special software.  If you have Filler 5.0 installed on your PC, you should use the upgraded format for PCs.  Portable Document Format (PDF) is available and recommended for Mac users.  However, you will need to have Adobe 5.0 Reader on your computer to open up and use the template. For more information on Adobe, read the information below under Mac users.

To Download Your IEP Forms:

To download the forms for your school district, look for  your District/SELPA located on the navigation buttons to the right.

For PC Users:

You can now do your IEP documentation on the computer by clicking on each form  and selecting "save this program to disk".  We recommend saving to your desktop folder(s).  Then you can open it up, type your form and "save as" for each one of your student's IEP forms.   We have job aides that will help you get organized with your IEP templates.  To find these job aides and learn more about recent innovations using templates, click on the images below.  If you do not have Filler 5.0, you should learn more about its benefits in helping you better complete your IEP templates.

You can now do your IEP documentation on the computer by clicking on each form  and selecting "save this program to disk".  I recommend saving to your desktop folder(s).   Then you can open it up, type your form and "save as" for each one of your student's IEP forms.   Click on the images to the right to learn more about creating a folder on your computer desk top and organizing your IEP Templates.  Print out the "Help-Aides" if you need to use them.  To return to this page, click on your browser back arrow.

Help-Aides

 

For Macintosh Users:

You will need to download the forms in a Portable Document Format (PDF).  If you desire to just read the form, type it online, and just print the form, down load Adobe Acrobat Reader  5.0 free of charge.  Unfortunately, Adobe Reader is a "read only" software which means you will not be able to save and edit your forms, which is the real advantage of using IEP templates.  To save, edit, and print your IEP in a PDF format, you will need Adobe Acrobat Standard.  Contact an Adobe educational reseller for the best price.  This software offers the functionality of Acrobat Reader plus spell checking. 

Improving IEP Templates

  • With the experience of converting so many forms into templates, we have had the opportunity to work with Special Education directors in improving the templates to better support our teachers.  Some of the innovative items that we are able to incorporate into IEP templates (without changing the “look” of the paper-based form) are; help messages for teachers, template hyperlinks, and selectable drop down menus.

  • Help messages can be provided to assist teachers in highlighting those specifics a Special Education director may feel are important for a teacher to remember when filling out a portion of an IEP template.  The help messages are in red and will not be visible when the template is printed out.  Also, help messages can appear at the lower bottom of the template.

Hypertext links are another improvement we can incorporate into our IEP Templates.  Hypertext links within a template can be useful by having Special Education directors “direct” a teacher to a web site on the Internet while completing a given IEP form.  For example, this is a wonderful resource for directors to provide helpful information already available on their SELPA/school district web site.

The “click of a mouse” will take them to a designated web site to see the newest information available about a given topic within an IEP form/template.  Using this feature requires having the Internet “up and running” while completing the template. 

Another improvement is the drop down menu feature.  This is a “real plus” when you think about all the specific information that needs to be correctly inserted into a given filler.  Drop down menus can be made available to help teachers quickly and correctly select information such as specific California Content Standards information for a given area.  For example, while completing a Goals and Objectives page, a teacher can “click” on an area of need, and a drop down menu will appear for the teacher to select the correct area of need for his or her student.

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