Master IEP Coach® Conference for Teachers and Parents

October 15th-16th at Universal Portofino Bay Hotel



You can be a Leader at the IEP table!

 You've read all the books and joined all the support groups, but you are ready for more. You want to know everything about IEPs and maybe even help other parents so they never feel like you did in the beginning!

Teachers, You want to do what's best for your students, but you always feel like you're on a tightrope trying to balance what your students need, what the district wants from you, and building relationships with parents. You want all the skills to build better IEPs and you want to help your colleagues and parents, too!

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Why Come to the IEP Leadership Retreat?

  • You want to hear YES at the IEP table when you ask for more for a child.
  • You need to stop worrying if the IEP is written right
  • You're tired of the "us vs them" mentality between parents and teachers.
  • You're ready to dig deep into how to change a child's future through an IEP.

By the end of the IEP Leadership Retreat, you will...

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Become a Leader at the IEP table in your current role. Whether you're a parent, teacher, or other professional at the IEP table. You're going to shine!

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Create Your Own Customized IEP Toolkit with proven strategies that have worked for decades for both parents and teachers.

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Learn How to Develop Collaborative IEP Teams. An effective IEP leader knows how to reduce conflict and build trust between parents and teachers. 

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Your VIP Master IEP Coach® Experience...


DAY ONE, Saturday, October 15th

IEP Leadership Foundations

Leave your laptops in your hotel room, we're working all day together without screens!

  • Advanced IEP Workshop with Master IEP Coach® founder, Catherine Whitcher, M.Ed
  • IEP Meeting Makeovers - Your IEP meetings will never be the same! 
  • Learn to Build IEP Goals for the REAL WORLD at Universal Studios!
DAY TWO, Sunday, October 16th

No-Fail IEP Strategies

Deep dive into real world solutions for building trust on your IEP team, even through the toughest situations...

  • Create Your Own Customized IEP Toolkit - You'll get exactly what you need to implement new IEP strategies with your IEP team.  You'll have your own digital folder with Master IEP Coach® methods customized for you!
  • Navigating Disagreements and Disappointments - Parents, teachers, admins, therapists and yes, even students will experience tough times inside of the Special Education system. Learn key actions you can take to lessen the long-term negative impact.
  • Build Your IEP Success Path-  Guaranteeing success seems almost impossible in Special Education, but we can't wait to give you No-Fail Strategies you can apply immediately with your IEP team.
  • Co-Working with Your New Colleagues - Our formal sessions will end at 12:30pm, but don't pack your bags just yet! You're going to love sticking around and collaborating with your new BFFs in Special Education from 1pm-3:30pm.
We're Going On a Field Trip!

Get off the lonely island of Special Education with a trip to Islands of Adventure!

On Saturday afternoon, we're learning IEP Goal Writing for the Real World at Universal Studios.
Your ticket to the park is included!


And one more thing...

If you want to build your own IEP Coaching practice... this is your perfect place to get started and build your impact as a Master IEP Coach® in your community!

From building your website to filling up your calendar with clients, you can choose to attend sessions specifically designed for helping others as a Master IEP Coach®!

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IMPORTANT: IEP Leadership Retreats are Small Group, Interactive, Advanced Learning  

Your Master IEP Coach® IEP Leadership Retreat Experience
will be like NOTHING you've ever experienced in Special Education before!

You'll finally get the personalized IEP help and guidance you've been looking for in Special Education!



Work with Master IEP Coach® Founder, Catherine Whitcher, M.Ed

Hi, I'm Catherine and I'm completely obsessed with digging into special education solutions with parents, teachers, and IEP teams every day.

I grew up as a special needs sibling, my brother has Down syndrome. I see the IEP table from the perspective of the family.

I became a special education teacher, determined to change the world from the inside of my classroom. I see the IEP table from the perspective of the school team.

For 25+ years I've been working for both parents and teachers, helping EVERYONE work together to create IEPs with less stress and more results.

I've consulted with parents + IEP teams through hundreds (probably thousands, I stopped counting after the first decade) of IEP meetings since 1996. I've seen what is possible for a child's future when we design a child's IEP for the real world and I can teach you how to make it happen!

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Master IEP Coaches® are Creating an Impact!

We're getting noticed in our Special Education community as positive change-makers! We are so grateful for companies partnering with us and supporting our mission to prepare every child for further education, employment, and independent living through a collaborative IEP process.

The Master IEP Coach® Mentorship is NOT a law class and we do not give legal advice.

IMPORTANT: I, Catherine Whitcher (founder of the Master IEP Coach® Mentorship), am not a lawyer and will not be giving legal advice. Neither I, nor the IEP experts inside of the Mentorship teach how to file state complaints or due process.

This mentorship will focus solely on strategies to support families and schools through the IEP process who are NOT in critical situations.

This mentorship is ONLY right for you if you are looking to be a ridiculously awesome leader of the IEP process through positive interactions, creating appropriate paper trails, and knowing what surprising questions you need to ask + solutions you need to find to help a child go farther than anyone ever thought possible.

The entire Master IEP Coach® Mentorship is based on helping children receive an appropriate education to meet their unique needs, and to prepare them for further education, employment, and independent living... as stated in the purpose and findings of IDEA law, but if you're looking for all the legal jargon and you want to memorize all the legal cases to prove your point, becoming a Master IEP Coach® is not the path for you. 

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As with any online program, your results as a Master IEP Coach® may vary based on your level of effort, personal qualities, knowledge, skills and so much more. Catherine Whitcher and the Master IEP Coach® program are not responsible for your success or failure. We are confident that we are providing you with an awesome experience and toolbox to help you achieve the highest level and the parents & teachers you've seen here are examples of what is possible. If you have any questions about the program and if it's right for you, please do not hesitate to send an email to [email protected]