Family Engagement During the IEP Process

This session is from the NASP 2022 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 7
  • Skill Level: Intermediate

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. reflect on their own family engagement practices during collaborative meetings and consider new tools and strategies to enhance home-school collaboration
  2. summarize best practice principles related to family engagement during the IEP process.
  3. learn current family engagement practices used by school psychologists before, during and after IEP meetings and analyze how this relates to best practices identified in the literature.


Family–school collaboration is part of school psychology practice, yet school psychologists engage in these activities less often than other domains. This mini-skills session will provide results of a national survey of school psychologists asking how they work with families before, during, and after Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings. Participants will learn and discuss research-based strategies to engage families during IEP meetings to promote family–school collaboration and parent involvement in the educational process.



Elise Hendricker, University of Houston-Victoria
Stacy L. Bender, University of Massachusetts-Boston
Jenna Ouye, Martinez Unified School District


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