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.
Facing facts on reading; info and resources about reading for parents
& teachers; special offer & free shipping ends tonight (9/28);
do reading definitions in NCLB apply to general ed programs; NCLB for
attorneys & advocates - reading instruction, research, assessments;
new issue of The Beacon: Journal of Special Ed Law & Practice; find
help in the Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities; Wrightslaw programs
in VA, OK, FL, NJ, OH. Download
this issue of The Special Ed Advocate.
1. Facing Facts on Reading
with disabilities have deficits in reading. These children need intensive
research-based instruction that targets their reading problems. But most
children do not receive research-based reading instruction and do not
learn to read proficiently.
2. Reading@Wrightslaw! Information and Resources for Parents and Teachers
Visit Reading@Wrightslaw for reliable information about reading, reading disabilities, research-based reading programs, law and caselaw, certified language therapists, and more.
Does your child have reading problems? You'll want to read Sue Heath's answers to these questions from Doing Your Homework columns:
child have a reading disability? Read these articles in Learning
to Read -
3. Special Offer & Free Shipping Ends Tonight
prepublication offer on the new DVD, Surviving
Due Process - When Parents and the School Disagree - Stephen Jeffers v.
School Board, ends at midnight on Tuesday,
When you order Surviving Due Process before midnight, Tuesday, September 28, you get free shipping on the DVD - and a free gift bag of microwave popcorn. You also get free shipping on all Wrightslaw books you order before midnight, Tuesday, September 28 (save $4.95 per book).
4. Do Reading Definitions in NCLB Apply to General Ed Programs?
"A school board member was told that the legal definitions of reading,
essential components of reading instruction and scientifically based reading
research in No Child Left Behind only apply to intervention programs,
not to general education programs. Is
this true? Can you tell me where to find this in the law?"
In Do Reading Definitions in NCLB Apply to General Ed Programs? research editor Sue Heath fields questions about state and federal requirements for reading programs, and offers suggestions about how to frame the debate in your community. Do you want your school board to provide an education that does not meet national and state minimum standards?
addition to writing about creative advocacy strategies in Doing
Your Homework, Sue is co-author of Wrightslaw:
No Child Left Behind (ISBN: 1-892320-12-6) published by Harbor House
5. NCLB for Attorneys & Advocates: Reading Instruction, Research & Assessments
NCLB for Attorneys and Advocates: Reading Instruction, Research & Assessments provides guidance about how to use NCLB to open doors for children with disabilities. Learn about reading, the essential components of reading programs, scientifically based reading research, and reading assessments. Read article
6. The Beacon: Journal of Special Education Law & Practice
The Beacon is a multi-disciplinary electronic journal of special education law and practice from Harbor House Law Press. The Beacon publishes articles and essays for attorneys and advocates who represent children with disabilities and others who are interested in education legal topics.
Each issue of The Beacon focuses on a theme and includes practical and theoretical articles. The Fall 2004 issue of The Beacon focused on high-stakes testing and exit exams. The issue includes articles by attorneys and an advocate, and testimony from an expert about including students with disabilities in high-stakes testing.
Topics in previous issues include mediation and negotiation, documents and paper trails, expert witnesses, reading research and assessments, and the No Child Left Behind Act. To view previous issues, go to the Beacon Archives
Subscribe to The Beacon
7. Find Help in the Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities
most common question we receive at Wrightslaw is "I need to find
a . . . psychologist OR educational consultant OR tutor OR advocate OR
Please help me!"
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 support groups.
to Find a Support or Study Group
8. Put a Wrightslaw Program on Your To-Do List
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
Oklahoma City, OK (December
4) FREE to Oklahoma parents &
don't procrastinate - register now! These programs are often
"sold out" ahead of time.
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