Individual Program Plans (IPP)
What is an IPP (Individual Program Plan)?
- A planning tool which helps to guide and document student growth and success
- Designed and developed to meet the specific needs of individual learners
- A collaboratively created document
- A communication document
- An ongoing document which is updated at regular intervals
- IPP - A summary of goals, strategies and accommodations aimed at enhancing student learning
Who needs an IPP?
- All students identified as having special education needs require an IPP
- Students without codes may be placed on an IPP when significant changes are being made to their program in one or more subject areas.
Whose job is it?
- The principal is responsible for ensuring that the IPP is developed, updated, reviewed and communicated
- All staff directly involved with the student’s learning may contribute to the creation of the IPP.
What is the parent’s role?
- Parents are important members of the learning team. Parents are the primary teacher(s) for their children and see them in a variety of social and learning situations beyond the school setting. As a result, parents can often share valuable insights and perspectives about their child’s strengths and needs which provide important information for the IPP process and school programming.
- The most effective services are provided to students when the home and school work together as a team to provide a positive learning experience. Parents play a critical role in their child’s education by choosing to actively engage and participate in the IPP process through the following:
- maintain open communication with teachers and the school
- maintain a positive and supportive attitude about school and learning, homework, and school activities
- be prepared to share information about their child’s strengths and needs
- be willing to discuss their educational and social goals for their child
- share medical information and health procedures
- give written and informed consent for any specialized assessments
Sample Information Sharing Forms
Alberta Education's Parent Perspective
Alberta Education's Student Perspective