20 Ways to Magically Make IEP Goals Inclusive

Here are 20 Evidence-Based Ways to Magically Make IEP goals Inclusive


  1. Incorporate IEP Goals Naturally: Integrate Individualized Education Plan (IEP) goals into daily classroom activities and routines to make learning seamless.
  2. Embed Goals In Inclusive Settings and Activities: Increase access, participation, and progress by incorporating IEP goals and objectives into daily activities and the general education curriculum.
  3. Follow Developmentally Appropriate Practices: Ensure that instruction aligns with age-appropriate educational experiences.
  4. Mix it up: Use both developmentally appropriate practices with individualized instruction techniques to support young students without compromising child-centered methodologies.
  5. Do NOT Pull Children Out: instead, goals should be embedded in typical activities.
  6. Use a Variety of Teaching Strategies: During everyday activities, apply different teaching methods that cater to the child’s strengths, gifts and talents.
  7. Plan for Generalization: Design instruction that helps children apply learned skills across different settings and situations.
  8. Create a Fun Factor: Develop learning activities that are enjoyable and engaging, increasing the effectiveness of educational interventions.
  9. Capitalize on Children’s Interests: Use activities that interest the child to maintain engagement and facilitate deeper learning.
  10. Ensure Goals are Functional and Generative: Set practical IEP goals that can produce broad learning outcomes.
  11. Use Real-Life Contexts for Assessment: Assess children in real-life contexts to set relevant and practical goals.
  12. Adopt a Team Approach: Collaborate with parents, therapists, and other educators to create a cohesive educational plan.
  13. Develop an Activity Matrix: Use an activity matrix to organize and visualize when and where each IEP goal will be targeted throughout the day.
  14. Scaffold Learning: Provide just enough assistance to support the child’s learning without taking over the task.
  15. Provide Just Right supports: Start with minimal support and increase assistance as needed, allowing children to attempt tasks independently first.
  16. Focus on Transdisciplinary Skills: Encourage skills that integrate multiple areas of development, such as social, emotional, and physical.
  17. Regularly Update IEP Goals: Review and adjust IEP goals periodically based on the child’s progress and evolving needs.
  18. Document Progress Methodically: Keep detailed records of the child’s performance on IEP goals to monitor progress and adjust strategies.
  19. Use Logical Antecedents and Consequences: Apply logical and related antecedents and consequences within the learning activity to promote understanding and retention.
  20. Engage Peers in Learning Processes: Involve classmates to foster a supportive learning environment.

Tips are based upon the research of Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak, from Inclusive Schooling.


FULL CITATION: Grisham-Brown, J., Hemmeter, M. L., & Pretti-Frontczak, K. (2002). Teaching IEP goals and objectives in the context of classroom routines and activities. Journal of Early Intervention, 23(2), 151-166.

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