Student Blurbs: What’s inside the cover By Elfie Schwiderson Joseph K. Lumsden Bahweting Anishnabe Academy
What is a blurb? • A book blurb is a quick summary of a story that is designed to pique the reader’s interest. • It is usually found on the back cover or on the flaps of a book. • It gives the reader an idea of what the book will be like.
What are student blurbs? • Student blurbs are a quick, usually one-page summary of the IEP. • They contain the information from the IEP that general education teachers need to understand. • They are written in easy-to-understand language.
Why write a student blurb? • To assure understanding and implementation of IEP by all involved school staff: • Classroom accommodations • Services, supports, and supplemental aids • State- and District-wide test accommodations
Is there another reason why I should write a student blurb? • To enhance involved school staff’s understanding of the student and his/her unique needs • What kinds of behaviors to expect • How to deal with these behaviors • Academic level of the student • Inclusion of goals/objectives may help staff understand current level of student
When should I write a blurb? • After every new IEP • At the beginning of the new school year
Who should get a blurb? • Special Education coordinator/director • Grade-level classroom teacher(s) • Parapro • Specials teachers (gym, art, music, etc.) • School Social Worker (if behavior is an issue) • Special Education file
Accountability • Blurbs can be used to document staff familiarization with the IEP • Provide 2 copies and have staff sign one and keep one for own use; keep signed copy in central location • Shared drive on school network? E-mail copy to staff and have them save to their shared drive (GroupWise)
How to write a blurb • Student’s name at top of page • 14 point font • Centered
How to write a blurb • Your name and title • Homeroom teacher name and grade/subject • IEP Date • Classroom parapro’s name • 10 point font
How to write a blurb • Student’s name • 14-16 point font • Bold face • is eligible for Special Education based on (add eligibility category) • 12 point font • Eligibility category in bold and/or italicized • Information from PLAAFP, ancillary services, introduce goal and objectives
How to write a blurb • Add first student goal and objectives • Add subsequent goals and objectives
How to write a blurb • Add information from supplemental aids/ services/personnel supports from IEP • You may want to add an explanation that these are the accommodations in the general education classroom, and as such are the responsibility of the classroom teacher
How to write a blurb • Add student’s participation in state-wide (MEAP, MEAP-Access, or MI-Access) and district-wide assessments. • Note if student will be taking district-wide test at different grade level • Note testing accommodations • Note instructions for saving this blurb
Elfie Schwiderson Special Education teacher Joseph K. Lumsden Bahweting Anishnabe Academy 1301 Marquette Ave. Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783 (906) 635-5055, ext. 409 firstname.lastname@example.org Contact information: