ASPIRE is Georgia’s Student-Led IEP Initiative

Developing skills in

  • self-determination,
  • problem solving,
  • self-evaluation,
  • choice-making, and
  • decision-making

Student-led IEPs is an initiative that builds self-determination in students with special needs. Self-determination is the ability to control your life by setting goals and taking the initiative to reach these goals.  The teacher guides the student in activities that develop self-advocacy and self-determination skills. Time is set aside to help the student understand the purpose and components of the IEP document thereby gaining the knowledge needed to participate in the meeting. 

Students are provided on-going opportunities to plan, express, and actively pursue their own goals, as well as to evaluate their progress and adjust their activities accordingly.  Metro West GLRS is proud to be supporting the following ASPIRE districts for the 2016-2017 school year:  Atlanta Public Schools, Clayton County Schools, Forsyth City Schools, North and South Metro GNETS, and Marietta City Schools.  These districts have incorporated ASPIRE into their SSIP plans and have developed a scale up plan to grow capacity within their districts. 

Would you like to learn more about the ASPIRE imitative?  Contact Metro West GLRS’ In-House ASPIRE expert: Beverly Maxwell ( or visit the Metro West GLRS ASPIRE LiveBinder for resources for Administrators, Teachers, Parents, and Students. 

Live Binder: ASPIRE

Pass code: aspire