At Wrightslaw, our goals are to help you gain the information and skills you need to navigate the confusing world of special education. In this issue, we look at No Child Left Behind and transition services in IEPs.
Guide to No Child Left Behind; using tests to measure progress &
reporting results to parents, teacher training and certification;
No Child Left Behind fact sheets & newsletter; transition services
and your child's IEP; advocacy training programs are sold out!
The Special Ed Advocate newsletter is free - please forward this issue or the subscription link to your friends and colleagues so they can learn about special education law and advocacy too. We appreciate your help!
A Parent's Guide to No Child Left Behind
by Suzanne Heath
emphasizes accountability and teaching methods that work.
In A Parent's Guide to No Child Left Behind, you learn about new requirements for teachers and paraprofessionals, school and school district report cards, annual testing in math and reading. You will also learn about new options for parents including transfers from failing schools and free supplemental services - tutoring, after-school programs and summer school.
about No Child Left Behind - how it applies to you, your child, and
your school - download A
Parent's Guide to No Child Left Behind at:
2. Learn More About No Child Left Behind
No Child Left Behind Act will have a big impact on your child's
education. You need to learn about this new law so we collected resources
to help you get started.
download and read A
Parent's Guide to No Child Left Behind at:
Get Fact Sheets about Reading Achievement, Reading First, 21st Century Technology, State Standards, Getting Students Help, Measuring Progress, Good Teachers, School Safety, and other topics from U. S. Department of Education:
3. Transition Services and Your Child's IEP
Do you have a child with a disability who is 14 or older?
Did you know that beginning at age 14 (and updated annually), your child's IEP must include a statement of transition service needs?
Did you know that beginning at age 16 (or younger), your child's IEP must include a statement of needed transition services that may include responsibilities of other agencies? § 1414(d)(1)(vii) (page 62 of Wrightslaw: Special Education Law)
IDEA defines transition services as "a coordinated set
of activities" that promote the child's movement from school
to post-secondary education, vocational training, employment, adult
services, independent living and community participation.
1401(30) (page 31 of Wrightslaw:
Special Education Law)
Learn more about Wrightslaw: Special Education Law:
4. Transition Components of the IEP by Barbara Bateman
If you are a member of an IEP team that will develop an IEP for a child who is 14 or older, you need to know about transition, self-advocacy, confidentiality, and more. Read "Legal Requirements for Transition Components of the IEP" by Dr. Barbara Bateman:
5. Free Pub: Designing IEP Transition Plans
with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires schools to prepare
students with disabilities for employment and independent living.
Transition planning that involves students and their families leads
to post-school success and independence. Learn how to design quality
IEP transition plans:
6. Advocacy Training Programs - SOLD OUT!
Knowledge is power. When you have information and skills, you will be a more effective advocate for your child. Our role is to help you gain this knowledge so you can negotiate on your child's behalf.
Monday, September 16, we conducted an advocacy
training program for 400+ parents, advocates and attorneys in
Richmond, VA. This
seminar focused on four areas: special education law, rights and responsibilities;
how to use the bell curve to measure progress & regression; SMART
IEPs; and how to use tactics & strategies to resolve conflict.
Last Spring, several advocacy training programs sold out - Cleveland, OH (320), Rockville, MD (300), Sacramento (300). When our advocacy training programs sell out, we know that parents and advocates heard our message and are taking action.
We are scheduled to visit these cities in 2002:
Oklahoma City, OK, December 6-7, 2002 - Boot Camp (details soon)
Louisiana: Shreveport, Baton Rouge (Boot Camp), New Orleans (pending)
Jacksonville, FL May 16-17 2003 - Boot Camp (pending)
Pittsburgh, PA September 20, 2003 (details soon)
7. Subscription & Contact Info
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