Special Ed Advocate Newsletter
At Wrightslaw, our goals are to help you gain the information and skills you need to navigate the challenging, changing world of special education.
Free tutoring & tutors for kids; free special ed advocacy course;
free professional development workshops; alternative routes to teaching;
free shipping, price cuts, autographed books; free advice - taking care
of yourself; free help & free listings on Yellow Pages for Kids; winter
schedule - Wrightslaw programs in FL, NJ, NY, IN, MO, AZ. Download
1. Message from the Editor
One obstacle in advocating for a child with a disability is finding the time to do research. We spend hours collecting information so you can spend your time learning, not searching.
In this issue, we provide you with links to free publications, free training programs and workshops, free help & free listings in the Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities - and a little free advice.
2. Free Tutoring & Tutors
you know that your child may be eligible for free tutoring and other supplemental
academic enrichment services? These services are called "supplemental
Tutors For Kids
Tutors for Kids is a new website designed to help parents take advantage of free tutoring & other supplemental academic enrichment services under NCLB.
3. Free Special Education Advocacy Course for Parents
Partners in Education is a 3-hour online self-study course for parents of children with disabilities. The course is designed to teach the skills you need to advocate for your child. You will learn about:
* Laws governing
special education and how they protect your child's rights
Learn more about the Partners in Education course.
4. Free Professional Development Workshops for Teachers
The U.S. Department of Education is offering online, on-demand professional development training for elementary and secondary school teachers.
Teacher-to-Teacher e-Learning links educators to videos of workshops. The workshops are taught by exemplary teachers and education experts who demonstrate how you can translate scientifically based research into classroom practice and how you can use data to inform your instruction.
These workshops cover various topics, including reading instruction, math, and science, and may be taken for credit.
about the Teacher-to-Teacher
5. Free Pub for Aspiring Teachers: Alternative Routes to Certification
The "highly qualified teachers" provisions in NCLB require every teacher to have a bachelor's degree, subject-matter competency and full state certification by the end of the 2005-2006 school year.
To meet the demand for highly qualified teachers, states and school districts are creating alternative paths into teaching. The goal is to attract well-educated, talented individuals - mid-career professionals & retirees who have expertise in the content they want to teach.
To learn more about Alternative Routes to Teacher Certification, contact the US Dept of Ed publication center at 1-877-4ED-PUBS. (Ask for publication identification number: EU0115P).
You can also
Routes to Certification.
6. Free Shipping, Price Cuts & Autographed Books - Holiday Special Ends December 21!
Do you know
someone who is passionate about special education advocacy? Do you know
someone who would like a personally autographed Wrightslaw book?
books make great gifts for friends, teachers, and child advocates! Your
autographed book will come in a special holiday gift box.
now! This offer ends on Tuesday, December 21!
7. Free Advice: Taking Care of Yourself
Raising a child with special educational needs can be overwhelming. If you are not careful, special education can consume your life. Many parents drive themselves until they are exhausted and burned out.
Pace yourself. Listen to tapes about time management. Use a schedule to gain control of your life. Spend time with friends or family to recharge your batteries and regain a healthy perspective.
8. Help from the Yellow Pages for Kids
At the the Yellow Pages for Kids, you will find educational consultants, psychologists, diagnosticians, health care specialists, academic tutors, speech language therapists, advocates, and attorneys in your state. You will also find government programs, grassroots organizations, special education schools, and parent support groups.
Free Listings in the Yellow Pages for Kids
If you help parents and caregivers get services for children with disabilities (i.e., an evaluator, educational consultant, academic tutor, advocate, attorney, special ed school, etc.) or you facilitate a support or study group, please submit an application be listed in the Yellow Pages for Kids. Listings are free.
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for an application.
9. Mark Your Calendars! Wrightslaw is Coming to FL, NJ, NY, MO, AZ!
Special Education Law and Advocacy Training Programs focus on these
areas: special education laws,
rights & responsibilities; how to use the bell curve to measure educational
progress & regression; SMART IEPs; and advocacy tactics & strategies.
OH: February 23-24, 2005 SOLD OUT!
Island, NY: March 4-5, 2005 (Mini Boot Camp)
participants will receive two books, Wrightslaw:
Special Education Law and Wrightslaw:
From Emotions to Advocacy, with their registration (Value: $59.90).
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