Special Ed Advocate Newsletter
Wrightslaw, our goals are to help you gain the information and skills
you need to navigate the confusing world of special education.
Highlights: Two new publications from USDOE, What can on person do?, LD Advocates Guide, IDEA: Eliminating Short Term Objectives?, Reading: Legal Definitions, No Child Left Behind - How Is Your State Doing?, Join Pam and Pete in MS, VA, NY & OK, New service from Wrightslaw - yellowpagesforkids.com
newsletter in html: http://www.wrightslaw.com/nltr/03/nl.1023.htm
New Publications from U.S. Department of Education
2. Doing Your Homework - What One Person Can Do
The last two issues of The Special Ed Advocate had articles about what one person can do. But realistically, what can one person do? Isn't it expensive and time consuming to make any real changes? Don't you have to know an awful lot before you can teach others? Don't you need some kind of a base to start from?
don't think so.
you watched television last week, you qualify as a person who
has a free hour. The next time you are ready to sit down to watch
television, go to your computer instead.
Order as many free copies as you are allowed. Most items will be shipped in 3 days.
While you are there, click "Top 10 Publications" and "Recently Added Publications" in the left hand column and order other publications that interest you.
Read the publications. Distribute them to teachers, parents, school
administrators and school board members. Ask your local public
library if you may leave a stack of publications there for others.
Remember this the next time you have a free hour.
this the next time you feel powerless.
3. LD Advocates Guide
4. IDEA: Eliminating Short Term Objectives?
Short term Objectives are a main component of an Individualized Education Program (IEP). Short term objectives break down the child's educational program into measurable increments.
And short term may be a thing of the past if you do not write to Congress today.
Read about the proposed changes to IDEA.
miss this opportunity to make a difference.
5. Reading: Legal Definitions
When you talk about reading or reading programs at an IEP meeting are you using the current legal definitions?
Learn about the legal definitions and the current national standards for reading programs for all children in Four Great Definitions about Reading in NCLB
6. No Child Left Behind - How Is Your State Doing?
Is your state in compliance with No Child Left Behind? How does your state compare with other states?
7. Advocacy Training - Join Pete and Pam for an Advocacy Training Program (MS, VA, NY, OK)
"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
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.
November 7-8: Jackson MS (Last Boot Camp in 2003!)
For more information about these events and programs that will be held over the next few months, please check our Seminars & Training page.
If you are interested in learning how to get Pete & Pam Wright to your community, please read our FAQs about Seminars.
8. New Service From Wrightslaw! - yellowpagesforkids.com
We built the Yellow Pages for Kids site so people can get reliable information and support. Your state Yellow Pages includes many resources - government programs, grassroots organizations, and parent support groups.
When you visit your state Yellow Pages, you will find many different resources - government programs, grassroots organizations, and support groups. You will also find evaluators, therapists, tutors, special ed schools, and parent support groups.
To get the word out about the state
Yellow Pages for
Kids , Debra
Pratt, of Wrightslaw, designed flyers
for each state.
You will receive a automated response by email with directions about how to request a listing.
9. Subscription & Contact Info
The Special Ed Advocate is a free online newsletter about special education legal and advocacy issues, cases, and tactics and strategies. Subscribers receive "alerts" about new cases, events, and special offers on Wrightslaw books.