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.
How to know if your child is making progress; what is your bell curve
IQ; 9 myths about testing; why parents should get an evaluation by an
independent evaluator; Stephen Jeffers v. School Board - coming
soon; Wrightslaw programs in IN, CT, VA, OK; how to find out if your child's
teacher is highly qualified; online course about bullying & school
1. Is Your Child Making Progress? How Do You Know?
need to know your child's present levels of functioning in academic areas.
Where is your child functioning in reading? Spelling? Written language?
do standard scores, percentile ranks, subtest scores, and age and grade
2. What is Your Bell Curve IQ?
In What is Your Bell Curve IQ?, we give you a quiz and a plan to help you master this information - and have some fun.
3. 9 Myths About Testing
How many of these statements are true?
interferes with teaching and learning.
Parents and teachers must learn why tests are essential to measuring progress and learning. Read 9 Myths about Testing - and the Realities!
about tests, evaluations,
assessments, and high-stakes tests
4. Why Parents Should Get a Comprehensive Evaluation by an Independent Evaluator
In a recent newsletter, we offered parents this advice: "Get a comprehensive evaluation of your child by an independent evaluator in the private sector - this evaluation will give you a roadmap for the future. Choose an evaluator who is independent of the school district and who is willing to work with the school staff."
school psychologists were so angry by our advice that they unsubscribed
from the newsletter! But other school psychologists said: "I'm
glad you stood by your advice. I would not object to a parent getting
an evaluation because . . ."
5. Stephen Jeffers v. School Board - DVD Release Date - Coming Soon!
Watch your email box for a special offer on Surviving Due Process: When Parents and the School Board Disagree.
6. Wrightslaw Special Ed Legal Advocacy Programs in IN, CT, VA, OK
"The Wrightslaw Special Education Law Seminar in Michigan was a tremendously rewarding experience and will forever change our practice." - Bryan I. Eder, Esq., Chudnof & Eder, PLC
Pete and Pam Wright will do special education legal and advocacy programs in four regions of the country this Fall.
Midwest: Indianapolis, IN (September 17)
Northeast: Hartford, CT (September 21-22)
Mid-Atlantic: Virginia Beach, VA (November 12-13)
legal advocacy programs focus on four areas: special education law, rights
and responsibilities; tests
and measurements to measure progress & regression; SMART IEPs; and
advocacy tactics & strategies. Participants
will receive two books, Wrightslaw:
Special Education Law and Wrightslaw:
From Emotions to Advocacy, as part of their registration (Value:
7. Is Your Child's Teacher Highly Qualified?
If your child attends a school that receives Title I funds, you have a right to know the qualifications of your child's teachers. At the beginning of each school year, districts that receive Title I funds must notify parents they may request information about the qualifications of their child's teachers. At a minimum, you have a right to know --
* If the teacher is certified or licensed to teach the grade levels and subjects s/he is teaching
* If the teacher's certification or licensure was waived under an emergency or provisional status
* the teacher's college major and any graduate degree or certification
* If the child received services from a paraprofessional, the qualifications of that paraprofessional.
If you were
not notified of your right to request this information, write a letter
on your own. This letter
to request information about a teacher's qualifications is one of
15 sample letters in Wrightslaw:
No Child Left Behind - you can use it as a template.
Child Left Behind Seminars
8. Need CEUs? Take an Online Course on Bullying & School Aggression
A free online tutorial about school-based bullying is available for school personnel The tutorial, The ABCs of Bullying: Addressing, Blocking, and Curbing School Aggression, from the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention offers CEU's to social workers, counselors, health educators, and contact hours to school personnel.
Learn more about The ABCs of Bullying.
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