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How to Write SMART IEP Goals

How to Write SMART IEP Goals

An xMinds Event -- Special Education Basics Series

Date and Time:  Tuesday, April 18 @ 7:00 – 8:30 PM 

Future Dates:  This is the last event of this series. To see recordings of earlier sessions, see the Past Events page

Presenters: Stacy Ganz Kahn and Donna Sagona, directors of the Educational Resources Group of Greater Washington

Cost: Free

Location:  Online -- Register to receive your Zoom link.

IEP goals need to be actionable and measurable. But how do you write goals to meet executive functioning and social-emotional needs? Many of our kids have "self-advocacy" as a goal but how do you measure progress? 

Join us for a presentation and Q&A explaining good practices for SMART goals. SMART goals are goals that are: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Results-oriented or Relevant, and Time-bound. We'll show examples of executive functioning and social-emotional goals, which can be especially challenging.  We'll also discuss what accommodations can be added to an IEP to support students’ interactions with peers and how accommodations can be extended to include extracurricular activities.  

There will be a focus on establishing valid "present levels" as the key to creating corresponding SMART goals.

The presentation will be followed by questions and answers from parents. Come and get your questions answered!

**  Spanish Interpretation will be available **


xMinds Webinar Guides You Through the IEP


Join us Tuesday, March 7, 7:00 – 8:30 PM, for our free webinar Your Student's IEP Explained, Section by Section. IEPs are long and filled with jargon, making it challenging for parents to ensure that all the information needed to support their children is included. Educational experts Stacy Ganz Kahn and Donna Sagona, directors of Educational Resources Group of Greater Washington, will cut through the jargon and guide you through each IEP section, including Levels of Performance, Accommodations, Goals, and Services. This is foundational information that we need to understand when we advocate for our children in IEP meetings.


Stacy and Donna have over 65 years of combined experience serving the educational needs of families in the Greater Washington DC area. They’ve worked as general and special education teachers, staff development trainers, and MCPS administrators. They’re also the parents of children with learning differences — so they have sat on all sides of the IEP table! They’ll share their IEP expertise, and will be happy to take questions.

The webinar will be presented over Zoom, with simultaneous Spanish interpretation. Register here to receive the Zoom link.

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