Special Ed Advocate Newsletter
At Wrightslaw, our goals are to help you gain the information and skills you need navigate the confusing world of special education.
Highlights: A fresh look at special ed advocacy; mistakes people make - parents, schools; help for teachers, paraprofessionals, principals; Wrightslaw programs in AL, FL, WA, CA; free workshops for teachers; help from Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities; Wrightslaw books; Scratch n' Dent Sale.
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1. A Fresh Look at Special Ed Advocacy
this describe you? Your child has a disability. You have been going to
IEP meetings for years. Your files fill a small room. You log every phone
call. You have every piece of paper that has ever been generated by you,
your child, and every employee of your school district.
It's time to take a fresh look at advocating for your child. Read Special
Ed Advocacy: Nine Rules of Thumb by parent attorney Bob Crabtree.
2. Mistakes People Make: Parents, Schools
Mistakes People Make - Parents. Because the stakes are so high, it is difficult for parents of children with special educational needs to advocate calmly and objectively for the educational and related services their children need. Read article.
Mistakes People Make - Schools. Anything a school system does that undermines parents' trust creates a climate that is costly in dollars, time, peace of mind, and the quality and success of services given to the child. Read article.
3. New! Help for Teachers, Parapros, Principals
am a special Ed teacher. I am struggling to write IEP goals and objectives
for my students. My district says NCLB requires IEP goals and objectives
to be tied to annual state assessments. But my students need IEPs that
focus on their needs and disabilities. Help!"
The No Child
Left Behind Act (NCLB) and the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA)
affect many aspects of education. You will find useful information quickly
at Help for Teachers,
Parapros & Principals. Topics include:
4. Wrightslaw Legal & Advocacy Programs: AL, FL, WA, CA
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.
Birmingham, AL - May 25, 2004 - FREE to Alabama parents who sign up early!
Orlando, FL - Family Cafe - May 28-30, 2004 (2 sessions and Keynote)
Sacramento, CA Boot Camp - 1st Boot Camp on West Coast! - July 17-18, 2004
Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Training Programs focus on four areas: special education law; using the bell curve to measure progress & regression; SMART IEPs; and tactics & strategies for effective advocacy.
We hope you will join us for a Wrightslaw Training Program! If you are interested in bringing Pete and Pam Wright to your community, please read our FAQs about Seminars. (We are scheduling programs for 2005-2006.)
5. Free Summer Workshops for Teachers
S. Department of Education is bringing effective teachers and experts
together to share research-based practices and effective methods of
using data to inform instruction. Interested teachers can attend free
Summer Workshops. Workshops will be held in these locations:
Stipends: These workshops are free for teachers. The U. S. Department of Education will pay your hotel costs for two nights and a travel stipend. People who travel more than 50 miles will receive a $150 travel stipend; individuals who travel 50 miles or less will receive a travel stipend of $50.
6. Need Help? Visit the Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities
If you are looking for help - or a helper
- visit the Yellow Pages
for Kids with Disabilities. Your state Yellow
Pages has many resources - evaluators, speech language therapists,
tutors, special Ed schools, advocates, attorneys, organizations, and
to Find a Support or Study Group
7. Wrightslaw Books - Great Value. . . and Easy on Tight Budgets
Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy - The Special Education Survival Guide - $19.95 - $10 Off
Scratch-n-Dent Sale: Special Ed Law, From Emotions to Advocacy and No Child Left Behind - $9.95 each - Limited quantities available. Order Now
Discounts & Exam Copies
50% Discount on Bulk Purchases of Wrightslaw Books -The Advocacy Challenge Discount is a 50% discount on bulk purchases of Wrightslaw books.
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