Special Ed Advocate Newsletter
our goals are to help you gain the information and skills you need
to navigate the confusing world of special education.
and the "rules of adverse assumptions;" NCLB, school choice
and tutoring; when parents and schools disagree; join Pete and Pam
on the Mid-Atlantic March; help for college kids; new issue of The
Beacon; free pub about children with learning disabilities; glossaries
of special ed and assessment terms.
1. Message from the Editor: Hurricanes and Rules of Adverse Assumptions
who attend our training programs learn the Rules
of Adverse Assumptions. Pete and Pam are applying the
Rules of Adverse Assumptions as we prepare for Hurricane Isabelle.
2. Doing Your Homework: NCLB, Choice & Tutoring by Sue Heath
who attend schools that do not make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)
may be able to transfer to better performing schools or receive
free tutoring and other supplemental services.
Choice and Tutoring, research editor Sue Heath describes
opportunities and challenges in No Child Left Behind for parents,
teachers and school leaders.
3. When Parents and Schools Disagree by Dr. Ruth Heitin
Ruth Heitin, an independent educational consultant, writes, "I
often tell my clients that if my own parents were alive, they
would never understand what I do for a living."
Parents & Schools Disagree.
4. Join Pete and Pam on the Mid-Atlantic March (September 20-26)
"Your boot camp was the most useful CLE I've ever attended. CLEs are notoriously boring and unpleasant. Your program was neither and I learned a lot, even as an experienced practitioner in the field." - Rob Mead, KU Wheat Law Library
Please join Pete and Pam on the Mid-Atlantic March. Wrightslaw training programs focus on four areas: special education laws, rights & responsibilities; how to use the bell curve to measure progress & regression; SMART IEPs; and tactics & strategies for effective advocacy.
20: Pittsburgh PA
attended your 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
College-bound students need to learn self-advocacy skills - how to present information about their disability and accommodations so professors want to help. If students master these skills, they are more likely to make a successful transition from high school to college."Self-advocacy is the ability to understand and effectively communicate one's needs to other individuals. Learning to become an effective self-advocate is all about educating the people around you. There are three steps to becoming an effective self-advocate . . ."
To learn these steps and how you can be an effective self-advocate, read Self-Advocacy: Know Yourself, Know What You Need, Know How to Get It by Nancy Johnson.
Download, print and distribute the Help for College Students with Disabilities Flyer for information about:
6. Coming Soon! New Issue Of The Beacon
Beacon: The Journal of Special Education Law and Practice
is a multi-disciplinary electronic journal of special education
law and practice published by Harbor
House Law Press.
The Beacon publishes articles and essays for attorneys, advocates and others who are interested in special education law and practice. Each issue focuses on a theme and includes practical and theoretical articles.
The theme of next issue of The Beacon is "Reexamining Rowley, Educational Benefit & FAPE" Previous issues dealt with mediation and negotiation, documents, and expert witnesses. You can read these issues in the Beacon Archives. htm
7. Free Pub: Life Success for Children with Learning Disabilities - A Parent Guide
Life Success for Children with Learning Disabilities by Drs. Marshall H. Raskind and Roberta J. Goldberg is based on research about factors that predicted successful life outcomes for children with learning disabilities.
will learn about Success Attributes; Self-Awareness; Proactivity;
Perseverance; Goal-Setting; Presence and Use of Support Systems;
Emotional Coping Strategies; and How a Child Develops Success
more about Life
8. Do You Need a Good Glossary?
Do you teach a class about special education or special ed law? Are you looking for definitions of legal and special ed terms?
Get our Glossary of Special Ed & Legal Terms. In html
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