Tired of hearing... "His grades are fine."

"Let's just try this for now...."

"He's making progress."

... when you know they're not?

To the stressed out parent tired of getting the runaround from

school officials when it comes to their child’s IEP process…

What if I handed you the key to unlocking the outcome you want from your next IEP meeting?

The Don’t IEP Alone Academy is a comprehensive 4-part resource designed to help you better understand and utilize your role as a parent/advocate so

you can improve your chances of getting a "YES!" from your team! 

Avoid costly, time-consuming, progress-delaying mistakes with your IEP.

I want to be an Advocate at the LAST CHANCE price.

So you're trying to navigate all this individualized education program stuff, huh?

I'm going to show you how to eliminate objections and resistance in the IEP process.

Because if I can get to yes for my child... Help others get to yes for their children...

Then I can help YOU get to 'yes' too.

But first, picture this -


The IEP meeting had just ended. 

That went pretty well,” you confidently say to yourself, walking towards the school parking lot. 

There was a thorough discussion of the ins and outs of your child's disability…

A roundtable conversation about academic modifications, appropriate breaks, and redirects… 

Schedule changes were discussed and observed…

You spoke up and voiced your concerns, opinions, and recommendations to the staff and they seemed to be attentive to your needs. 

That is... until you received a copy of the new IEP a few days later.

As you sat back and read over the new document you couldn’t believe your eyes. 

Absolutely NOTHING (... and I mean nothing) you agreed to was on the IEP. 

> No modifications to tests and homework (which you specifically asked for)

> No language regarding sensory breaks (which you strongly advocated for)

> Nothing regarding changes to your child's schedule (which you directly requested)

"That's it!" you burst out in anger, "I'm going down to the school again and discussing this with the staff."

But when you arrive at the administrative office the next day to voice your concerns, the SPED supervisor tells you,

I wasn’t aware of that agreement, I’ll have to look into that when I have time next week.”

Desperate for answers, you whip out your child's IEP and tell him to take another look. And instead of engaging with you further he says, “I’m going to need to speak with my other supervisor after her meeting to see what’s going on.”

As you walk away without any answers once again, you sigh to yourself, "How could I be so naïve."

* buries face in hands *

All you want is for your child to get the services they need, get the education they deserve, and create a safe environment for them and the rest of the classroom.

Instead, you're feeling shrugged off, steamrolled, and gaslit.

With the lack of changes… despite speaking up.

The bullying and anxiety your child experiences… despite voicing your concerns.

And the school's lack of refusal to do... well, anything.

You begin to wonder if all of the fight is even worth it and seriously begin to contemplate pulling them from the system altogether and homeschooling. 

You see other parents at local get-togethers and inside Facebook groups get the accommodations they need for their child.

But you're still stuck and frustrated wondering...

How can I get my team to listen to me - and what separates a yes from a no?

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"We got everything we wanted and what my son was entitled to, and didn’t ruffle any feathers of the IEP team while doing it. "

I took your class last year and I have a 4-year-old with autism in pre-k in TN. We were so worried about his IEP last week, fighting for him to stay on a modified schedule in order to receive outside therapies, which the school wasn’t allowing without it being an unexcused absence, so we were at risk of being removed from the program. The school said they can’t provide FAPE on the modified schedule, they didn’t accept the letter of medical necessity from the developmental pediatrician, etc. (Lots of obstacles for us!) We reached out to many state resources and talked to lots of professionals, but I kept wanting to tell you about it! For days and weeks leading up to the IEP I had to keep reminding myself “Do not email Lisa Lightner! You can do this!”

I rewatched so many of your lectures and I had my little lighthouse in mind and all my data and I was just so prepared.

We got everything we wanted, and what my son was entitled to, and didn’t ruffle any feathers of the IEP team while doing it. I have a whole life of advocating for my son ahead of me and I know how important this is. Anyway, after we finally got our ask- the modified schedule- I still wanted to email you! I thought it might be nice for you to know that your “Don’t IEP alone” program is exactly that. I felt like you were helping me the whole way, so I wasn’t doing it alone. So many other parents are out there are doing the same thing. I hope you realize the huge difference you are making for so many families and the lives of our children by teaching these skills!

Kaleigh B 

From one IEP parent to another - Can we have a real conversion for a minute?

Speaking up for your child at these meetings is just one very small part of the entire process.

To get the results you want AND the outcome your child deserves, you need:

One part strategy


One part paper trail

... and how exactly do I know?

I've made it my life's mission to give parents/advocates like you the resources you need to make a more informed decision regarding their child with disabilities and their IEP. 

And now I'm taking everything I've learned and turning it into a resource you can use inside this revolutionary new program.

Imagine having...

A starting point and a guide to get exactly where you need to be - fast.

A lifetime of professional skills, training, support, and guidance for navigating the local school system and national laws.

Includes weekly live Q&A with Advocates and Attorneys.

If you’re ready to stop feeling over your head or hearing "no" all.of.the.time (despite speaking up and attending meetings)

- AND -

You're ready to go beyond what basic websites and blogs teach you and truly navigate the IEP process... then I personally invite you to join me and hundreds of other parents inside the:

Don't IEP Alone Academy

Powerful tools and deep-dive content to help you better understand and utilize your role as a parent/advocate so that you have an improved chance of moving your IEP team to "Yes!"

Created for parents, caregivers, and professional advocates.

Includes Lifetime Membership + Live Q&A Chats with Advocates and Attorneys

How much would that cost you?

Some of What is Included for $297

  • The 4-Step Transformation: How to Develop your IEP Advocacy Strategy Value Priceless
  • Learn what IEP Data is valuable and what matters. Value $197
  • Companion documents and checklists to do an IEP Record Review. Value $397
  • Define FAPE, what you can ask for, and if you have the data to support it. Value $197
  • How to effectively communicate your ASK to your IEP team. Value $197alue $97
  • The Path to YES: Understand the PWN and why it needs to be paired with a solid letter and how to do that.Value PRICELESS
  • Learn all about the various dispute resolution options and how to access them. Value $157
  • Learn the various IEP complaint options, how to access them, and how to bring them to your school. Value $157
  • Interactive virtual support and an online community. Weekly live Q&A sessions are held on Zoom and some are with Attorneys. Value PRICELESS

Total Value: Priceless!

How much does a few hours with an attorney or advocate cost?

And will that last a LIFETIME?

Today's Price = $297; Will Be $396 next time.

For what you'd pay to hire an advocate for a few hours you're going to have this lifetime of knowledge & access.

Hello, I'm Lisa!

I want to help you be a Better IEP Advocate.

Over the past decade, I have attended hundreds of IEP and 504 meetings and manifestation hearings. With all kinds of kids and parents and school teams.

And what I've learned is this: Our kids may be very different from each other. But IDEA and the IEP process never changes. It is the same process for every child.

This exclusive academy contains the exact framework, resources, and tools that I use with my paying clients -- and now, I'm making them available to all parents.

Best of all, when you follow the prescribed IEP process (per IDEA) and have solid documentation, IEP meetings are nothing more than an annual formality.

I want to provide you with comprehensive lessons to expertly guide and provide new ideas to use in your own advocacy. Plus, the camaraderie of LIVE virtual chats and private FB group convos to keep you encouraged, motivated and informed so you're never left questioning or alone in the process.

Master the IEP process AND get a path to "YES!" faster using my simple 4 Step Process.

Complete the pre-recorded Academy sessions at your own pace and bring all your questions to the live Q&A sessions!



In video 1 you'll understand why a solid paper trail is so important in the IEP process and how to do a thorough record review. Also, an explanation of documents, worksheets and relevant laws.


Opportunity & Research

In video 2 you'll define what the FAPE is so you know exactly what you can ask for, for your child and if you have the data to support it.



In videos 3-4 discover how to effectively communicate your Ask to your IEP team. And understand the importance of the PWN and pairing it with a solid parent letter.



In videos 5-7 learn all the various dispute resolution options and how to access them. Plus, discover all about IEP complaint options and how to access them.

"I thought I was really good after IEPing for 10 years, but you opened up my understanding in ways I didn't even think possible."

"You have a unique ability to explain things in a language that I can understand!"

A no-holds-barred approach to IEP that you've always wanted!

  • A support network inside our community that you can turn to when the unexpected occurs.
  • Support from other parents who share your same feelings and struggles. 

  • Encouragement from others who share knowledge, passion, and skills. 
  • Insider tips that empower you to successfully advocate for your child to receive his or her IEP testing.

I'll help you MASTER the IEP PROCESS so that In just a few weeks, you can develop the skills and systems that will take you from stressed and overwhelmed by IEPs to calm and in control.

Yes! I want to feel in control of my IEP.

Honest, straightforward and (best part) easy to understand IEP information you can implement right away.

For both parent advocates and professional advocates (or those who wish to be!)

Experience Why So Many IEP Parents Trust Us.

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What Makes My Academy Different?

Simply put, there's no other program like it on the market.

This signature resource helps shortcut the typically long, painful, and drawn-out IEP process while equipping you with a lifetime of precious advocacy skills you can use for your child—or to advocate for others.

Sure, other websites offer IEP training.

But, not many of them are created by someone who is both a parent and an advocate. And a former teacher.

The school staff or clinicians put most resources together, not parents or advocates.

With this IEP Academy, you don't just get a bunch of hard-to-understand, dry, and impersonal information (boring!)

You get me teaching you everything I know (think: parent-to-parent) -- PLUS a live community where you can find support and answers to your most pressing questions and learn how to get to a "YES!" faster.

Plus, the best and most helpful IEP advice you'll find online; literally thousands of satisfied families depend on it.

I've been saying I would increase the price for over a year. When enrollment opens again in January, it will be $99 more to cover my increased costs.

- Complete -

Complete Library of Resources

It's my complete academy of IEP resources. Get lifetime access as it is updated about every 18 months, based on input from parents like you!

- New this year! -


Data Collection

Are you worried about your child's progress, or even IEP regression? The IEP Academy includes companion PDFs for you to use to track IEP goals and do your own progress monitoring. Includes pandemic specific tools!

- Be ready -

Prepare for Your IEP Meeting

Nervous about IEP meetings? Feel like you're speaking up, but not being heard? End that--follow my tools and documents and use language that your IEP team will respond to!


Today's Price = $297


A tool that helps provide a clear path to "YES!"


Get Everything you Need to Master the IEP Process.

When you purchase the Don't IEP Alone Academy, you will have instant access to all the tools you need to master the process AND better your chances of getting a "YES!" from your IEP team. My proven process provides a step-by-step plan for how to address the IEP team in a manner they cannot ignore. And, you'll never wonder what your next step should be.

IEP Welcome and Introduction

I'll get you off on the right foot and give a 30-thousand foot overview of everything you'll be discovering inside the program during the welcome video - to include an overview of my 4-Step process and what to expect from the course.

Documentation & Papertrail, Record Review

Let's dig in! Session 1 starts with all things data and documentation. We'll discuss why records and paperwork is SO important, what constitutes a student record, how to do a record review, and learn about relevant laws. Plus, a video tutorial with further explanation on gathering data and creating your all-important papertrail.

Next Lesson    

Breaking up that "Gut Feeling" with Data

Discover how your record review tells a story and understand needs versus documented needs (yes, there's an important difference). Plus, learn to clearly define what you're going to ask for using my six step "if-then" scenarios and how to look at your lighthouse of due process and graduation outcomes.


You've defined it, now it's time to ask for it. Discover how to put all of your data and concerns into communication. We'll discuss the "Parent Concerns Letter", go over the length of the letter, what to put inside, and how to frame it to get results and move the needle forward quickly.


We'll go over all of the possible actions you can take based on the school's response to your official written ask. How to not delay any additional evaluations, and what to do AFTER the IEP meeting. Also, discover what are the procedural differences between a full new IEP vs. changes and revisions.

Consider What's Possible

In just a few days, you can completely change the IEP dynamics for your child AND team.

Here's what that would look like....

  • You will have reviewed and prepared every section of your IEP.
  • You will have a list of IEP Evaluation Areas you want to ask for.
  • You will have IEP goal suggestions for the team.
  • You will have a list of suggestions for strategies, interventions and accommodations.
  • You know what is documented and what isn't, and what disciplines require more data.
  • No More "I don't know what to ask for."
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Is This an E-Book, Lisa?

This is not an e-book. This is an online training course, made up of dozens of videos and printable PDFs to accompany the modules. Make every section work for you to better advocate for your child - PLUS receive access to live Q&A sessions hosted by me virtually on Zoom.

Rest assured - No matter your IEP concern, you can run it through the 4-step process included in this resource and develop a concrete strategy to guide your way forward strategically.  And if you run into issues or questions, I'm here to answer them during the question-and-answer timeframe.

Maybe you’ve been an advocate for some time and want an actual roadmap for each student you help. This is a fantastic resource to do that!

You might be thinking, "But I am advocating and speaking up in meetings......"

"I am a good advocate. Do I still need to enroll in the Academy?"

Well, is this you?

Here's the thing. Over 13 years of advocacy, this is what I've learned. Most parents "don't know what they don't know," as the saying goes. They think they are good advocates, and that their team is just extraordinarily difficult. But the truth is that most parents don't know how to use the IEP process to their advantage.

And this is what that looks like:

You speak up in IEP meetings. But you rarely get your requests added to the IEP.

Your child isn’t making progress in school as he or she should (or maybe you don’t even know what “progress” really looks like). It’s like feeling your way through the dark.

You read data but feel confused and overwhelmed by it. So you agree that their data points toward progress.

You don’t know how to interpret the data (or make it work FOR you). You feel forced to agree that their interpretation of the data is correct, even though your gut tells you otherwise because you don't know how to compile data that shows no progress or regression.

You know your child is struggling but still unsure of exactly what to do.

You know your child is struggling and is behind their peers. Or they can’t read. Your gut tells you that something needs to be done, but you're constantly prevented from making meaningful changes to the IEP.

"It is definitely my go-to for guidance and tools, both as a parent of a daughter with a developmental disability and as an advocate in the community."

~Christina R, Professional Advocate

Don't IEP Alone (because you don't have to!)


Organize. Define. Communicate. Action.

My trademarked 4-step process to tackling IEPs will be a game-changer.

"I just wanted to say your IEP advice helped us tremendously to stay organized through all the chaos of the process. At first, my son was only on a 504 plan, but with the support of your IEP information and tips, I was able to successfully advocate for my son to receive his IEP testing. This really helped me navigate that process to hold the school personnel accountable and keep me on top of my son’s progress! Thank you!"

 –Kim B, Mother of one with Learning Disability

Gain a Confident Ally in the IEP Process

There comes a time in every IEP parent’s life when he has to stand up and say, “enough is enough.” And that’s the day when you decide to change your child's education experience for the better by digging in and being the best IEP advocate you can be. 

I know what it’s like.

When Kevin was a baby, I spent a lot of time just thinking about it.

I purchased a lot of books on the topic. I even attended school district training sessions. 

Problem was...

I didn't know what I didn't know. Oh sure, all the IEP manuals and guides stacking up on my bookshelf and hard drive made it look like I was serious. All the charges on my Visa bill made me look pretty serious.

The problem is, I thought I was taking action.

I dabbled.

I did things like stepping out of my comfort zone and speaking up at meetings.

And I would email my team, assuming they would follow through. Yet I never got serious enough about it to really understand my rights and the IEP process defined by IDEA. 

But then something happened that rocked me to my very core. And maybe you can relate to this…

One day it seemed like everything was fine. I was just going through life with two toddlers. Then suddenly, I was knee-deep in the Kindergarten Transition process. (and Kevin had just turned 4!)

I can’t even begin to tell you how those meetings shocked me.

It really was the proverbial wake up call when the LEA said "We appreciate your input Mrs. Lightner, but we will not be making any changes to this IEP today."

Because suddenly I realized I had to get better IEP meeting results or Kevin was going to end up in a placement that I loathed... and one that was really inappropriate for him. 

You can bet I got serious really quick.

I stopped messing around. I stopped dabbling.

And I started learning my parental rights and how to leverage the IEP process in my favor. 

It wasn’t always easy.

I quickly found out the learning curve is steep when you’re trying to learn about IEPs. 

But I did it. In just about a year, I went from completely stressing about what his placement would be to a desirable placement. And, that was kindergarten -- he's in 11th grade now and still in the same placement.


"... the school acknowledged the missing elements and put a lot of them in place."

"It felt so empowering to walk into my son's annual IEP with everything laid out and organized so well, as well as having notes written up and pertinent information at my fingertips. Our team was pleased too!"

 –Patty H., Mom of 2, one with disabilities transitioning to Middle School

"I think your templates for how to write a parents concern letter for inclusion on an IEP is so important. I was able to get my child into one of New York's state-approved private schools after a near two year battle with the NYC Dept. Of Education. I achieved this without attorney representation. I was represented by an attorney for two academic years- not once did the attorney advise me to submit a parent concern letter for inclusion in the IEP. "

 –Erma P.

Skills. Systems. Support.

Find Your "YES!" Faster.

My Don't IEP Academy will provide confidence and keep you feeling empowered. It will serve you faithfully over the years and has a proven track record of success.

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"You probably get this a lot but I felt that it was still worth saying. I think you are so AMAZING! I’m the mother of a beautiful boy on the spectrum who is currently being assessed for special education preschool. I read your articles and I love your website. I just can’t thank you enough for the work that you do. I’m in tears writing this! I’d be lost without you. Seriously, a million times thank you! I am forever grateful to have you as a resource."

 –Lauren R.


Listen to what my friend and neighbor says about this...

TRUE STORY from my friend and neighbor, Anne: "I have listened to Lisa's talks and used her advice for years. Last year, I did specifically what she said, followed her letter templates, and sent it to my IEP team. I swear, they all sat up straighter in their chairs! They knew I meant business and my daughter's IEP got the needed changes."

Jamie A

"I was brand new to the whole IEP process. I had absolutely no idea where to begin. Being able to have all my daughter's educational paperwork all together in a binder is such a lifesaver! "

Berlyn M

"Your product helped me in many ways but to be honest, the biggest role it played in me helping my son was that I didn’t know ANYTHING about IEPs at the time. Therefore, I didn’t know anything was required, that I had rights and that I played a key role in the process. Because of the organizer (and the questions it helped me generate), I went from being a mom whose son never even had an IEP to a mom whose son was approved for a nonpublic school that can meet his needs. I went from being a total rookie to an all star."

"I am Mom to one son with ADHD and Mild Intellectual Disability. This helped me to learn how to keep track of my son's changing needs and changing IEP plans. It is an awesome tool for staying organized for follow up questions I may need to pose to the IEP team."

 –Cindi M.

What is Mastering the IEP Worth to You?

The IEP Academy was first developed in 2020 by me, a Special Education Advocate, former teacher and IEP Parent.

Since then, it has gone through several revisions, each time with a focus group of parents like you. I want to make the IEP Process easier for you and take you from being stressed and overwhelmed to calm and in control.

If you are an IEP parent, this is an opportunity that I promise you will not want to miss.

May I ask one question before we depart and go our separate ways?

Would it be worth this investment if you had a clear action plan that helps you feel more organized and in control of your IEP process?

If you said ‘yes,’ enroll in Don't IEP Alone Academy today. 


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