Special Ed Advocate Newsletter
IEPs for success; test your IEP IQ; Pete answers questions about
accommodations and modifications in IEPs; get help from our Yellow
Pages for Kids; mistakes people make - evaluators & advocates
by Bob Crabtree; editor's choice - good books about IEPs; Pete &
Pam's May schedule includes training programs in MA, FL, VA.
1. Writing IEPs for Success
with one-size fits all IEPs that are not tailored to the child's
unique needs? Feel intimidated at IEP meetings? Worried that your
child is not making progress in the special ed program? You are
"Most IEPs are useless or slightly worse, and too many teachers experience the IEP process as always time consuming, sometimes threatening, and, too often, a pointless bureaucratic requirement . . ."
"Parents who attempt to participate
as equals are often intimidated into acquiescence. They are given
false and outrageous distortions as, 'We (the district) don't
provide individual tutoring'; or 'We are a full inclusion school
and have no special classes or resource rooms because we don't
believe in pull-out programs'."
If you want to participate in the IEP process, you must learn how to write IEP goals and objectives that measure the child's progress. Learn how to make the IEP process and product "educationally useful and legally correct" - download, print and read Writing IEPs for Success.
2. What is Your IEP IQ?
If you visit Wrightslaw, you are likely to have questions about IEPs. Test your knowledge - take our IEP Quiz. (you will receive answers to the quiz by email)
After you review your score, visit our IEP Resources Page for articles, tactics and strategies, tips, law and regulations, and free publications about IEPs and IEP meetings:
3. FAQ: Must Teachers Provide Accommodations & Modifications in Child's IEP?
teachers have to provide the accommodations and modifications
listed in the child's IEP?
you want to learn more about "The Right Way to Advocate for
Children?" Visit Fetaweb.com,
the companion site we built for our book,
From Emotions to Advocacy.
4. Need Help? Visit the Yellow Pages for Kids!
"Can you tell me if there is a support group for Aspergers? We live in Columbia, SC."
"I need to find an advocate - I live in Washington state."
We built the Yellow Pages for Kids so you can get reliable information and support. When you visit your state Yellow Pages for Kids, you will find many different resources - evaluators, tutors, advocates, consultants, programs, attorneys, and support groups.
Yellow Pages Applications
We are accepting applications from evaluators, educational consultants, tutors, advocates, attorneys, and others who help parents get services for their children. If you provide a service, you may request a free listing on your state Yellow Pages for Kids.
Learn about application process: http://www.fetaweb.com/help/states.htm
5. Mistakes People Make: Advocates & Independent Evaluators by Bob Crabtree, Esq.
Last week, we featured two of Bob Crabtree's popular "Mistakes People Make" articles about parents and school districts. This week, we give you two more articles in the "Mistakes People Make" series about advocates and independent evaluators.
"Because the non-lawyer advocate plays an extremely important role in the special education process, advocates must be mindful of their power and the trust parents place in them. The more serious mistakes advocates may make are generally ones of excess . . . "
Read Mistakes People Make: Advocates.
"To make their case for services or a specific program for their child, parents usually need a competent, credible independent evaluator. Serious mistakes by evaluators can make undermine their credibility or render their opinions powerless."
To learn about mistakes independent evaluators should avoid, read Mistakes People Make: Independent Evaluators.
6. Editor's Choice: Good Books About IEPs
The heart of your child's special education program is the Individualized Education Program (IEP). These books will teach you how to write IEP goals and objectives that target your child's problems.
New! Writing Measurable IEP Goals and Objectives by Barbara D. Bateman & Cynthia M. Herr.
guide to quick and effective writing of accurate and measurable
IEP goals and objectives. This book will give special educators,
regular educators, and parents the confidence and know-how to
develop IEPs that are both legally correct and educationally useful.
the best-selling book on educational progress, Robert Mager teaches
you how to write clear measurable IEP goals and objectives.
New! When Johnny Doesn't Behave: 20 Tips and Measurable BIPs by Barbara Bateman and Annemieke Golly.
how to write Functional Behavior Assessments (FBAs) and Behavioral
Intervention Plans (BIPs); includes concrete "tips"
to help you avoid behavioral problems.
7. Wrightslaw: Advocacy Training: May 2003
Boot Camp, special ed was occupying every worry cell in my brain.
Now that I have a road map, I worry less and accomplish more."
- Carolyn from Oklahoma
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 knowledge so you can negotiate with the school on your child's behalf.
have never learned so much useful information at a workshop -
thank you for having a heart for kids and the head for the Law."
- Susan from Texas
and a one-day advocacy training program in Roanoke, Virginia.
Wrightslaw seminars and training programs focus on four areas: special education laws, rights & responsibilities; how to use the bell curve to measure progress & regression; SMART IEPs; and how to use tactics & strategies for effective advocacy.
attended your OKC Boot Camp with two coworkers. We learned SO
MUCH in those two days! Your books could not be more helpful to
anyone who works with special education students." -
Christie from Kansas
We are now booking programs for 2004. To learn how you can bring Pete & Pam Wright to your community, please read our FAQs about Seminars.
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