This page of frequently asked questions not only explains what an IEP is, but also addresses questions such as who is on the IEP team? What is an IEP meeting? Does the general education teacher have to attend the IEP meeting? I definitely recommend reviewing the answers provided on this page before your next (or your first) IEP meeting.
This article by Cindy Lumpkin on The Educator's Room website is a must-read and must-save for all teachers! It does an excellent job of explaining what you might find in an IEP, what you should specifically look for in one, as well as how to effectively use the information that is provided.
Insight Media's video explaining Individualized Education Plans is an outstanding way for teachers to get a basic understanding of what an IEP is, why a student might have or need one, and more. In addition, IEPs are presented as a component of inclusive education and IDEA laws which provides a much needed context.
This is a great introductory article for teachers new to the IEP process, as well as a refresher resource for teachers already somewhat familiar with the process. Not only is the process explained, but service delivery is described, and additional resources for parents and students are included.
I like this article on Teachervision for a number reasons, one big reason being that it clearly explains the role and responsibilities of the general education teacher in the IEP process. The brevity and organizaton of the article keep the information from becoming overwhelming, while the links to additional resources, make learning abou the IEP process as easy as a click.
Although designed for parents, this article by Kristin Stanberry is an excellent resource for teachers as well. It explains, in layman's terms, what an IEP is, when it is required, who develops it, what it means for the student, and so much more.