Do you dread CSE meetings? Do you look at them on your calendar and hope the day will never come?
CSEs can be stressful with reporting scores, making recommendations, and presenting in front of staff and parents, BUT it does not have to be! Here are 3 tips to making CSEs effective and successful.
3 Tips for an Effective CSE
1. Get parents involved
If we are overwhelmed, think of how parents must feel. We are talking about their baby. We may know them in a school setting, but they are the experts on their child.
So why not get them involve with the process?
Send home this (free) parent input sheet so you can get some of what the parents see at home and then they feel like they have a voice too.
Additionally, it is best practice to send a draft of the IEP for the family to review prior to the CSE. (I will be honest, I did not know this at the beginning of my career). This will save you time and make for effective CSE meetings.
Doing this will prepare parents for the discussions that will be had, allow them to ask any clarifying questions, as well as be able to provide feedback. When there is more of a team approach, there is less stress for everyone.
2. Educate Parents
We have gone to college for this stuff, the parents and guardians may have no education about special education and be equally (if not more) overwhelmed.
Just think of all of the acronyms that are mentioned during a CSE (see, even one right there). It is hard for us to keep up sometimes! I love to give parents this quick cheat sheet as well as other teachers. I just print and go!
Try to explain any education terms to parents like response to intervention, extinction burst, adapted books, or core vocabulary. Also be sure to explain any testing materials that were used. There is a big difference in standardized testing and formative classroom data.
3. Try to be as positive as possible.
Remember that the reason you are there is most likely because there is some kind of deficit happening.
The parents know that, but they want to know why you love their child and what you are seeing that is working or how they are growing. Try to reframe what you are saying to show what they know first.
Once you have gone over how many things they do know, mention areas they need continuous work on.
If you liked the freebie above, it is part of this entire toolkit for special educators. Grab yours here.
If you implement all these tips for you upcoming meetings, I know you will have successful and effective CSE meetings.