A few HIGHLIGHTS:
their understanding of how their child is doing. (Examples: taking the child to school, picking the child up from school, volunteering in the classroom, dropping in on RSP, speech, or OT appointments, regularly checking in with teachers and therapists, reviewing child's completed work and sharing with all parties, etc.) The parent is the main link between all parties to ensure the needs of the whole child are being met. Being actively involved helps a parent to address concerns in a timely manner, rather that wondering and waiting for someone from the school to make contact.
(3) Also, make sure it is written in the IEP how often goal progress will be reported...and follow up. If you have not received the goal progress reports, ask for them in writing.
PARENTS WHO GET IT!!
If you have not read it yet...pick up a copy of this helpful book: Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, The Special Education Survival Guide by Pam Wright and Pete Wright, Founders of the Wrightslaw website. The Wrightslaw book is packed full of vital information! I found it very helpful to read this book before IEP meetings and also whenever I have a question. It's a great resource!
FETA Web is also great: http://fetaweb.com/
FETA STUDY GROUPS: