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The Special Ed Advocate Newsletter
October 19, 2005


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ISSN: 1538-3202

In this Issue

1. Why Do You Teach Parents to be Against Special Ed Teachers?

2. What Are the Criteria for Remedial Reading Programs?

3. Are ANY Schools Using Research to Improve Reading?

4. Special Offer on FETA, 2nd Edition Ends Friday, Oct 21

5. My Child is Being Evaluated, What Tests Should I Request?

6. How Can I Find a Good Evaluator, Advocate or Educational Consultant?

7. Coming Up! Wrightslaw Programs FL, MI & FREE Bootcamp in OKC

8. Subscribe & Contact Info

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At Wrightslaw, our mission is to help you gain the information and skills you need to navigate the changing world of special education. In this issue, we share questions that generated the most interest - and controversy!

Highlights: Why do you teach parents to be again special ed teachers; what are the criteria for remedial reading programs; are any schools using research to improve reading; special offer on Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition ends Friday, Oct 21; my child is being evaluated - what tests should I request; how to find a good evaluator, advocate, educational consultant; Wrightslaw programs in FL, MI, OKC.

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1. Why Do You Teach Parents to be Against Special Ed Teachers?

"In many of your articles, you do not support special ed teachers. In fact, you instruct parents on how to be against special ed teachers and school administrators."

"It's hard to understand why anyone would go into this field, when teaching kids gets in the way of paperwork. It's easy to understand why sped teachers leave the profession."

Is this teacher correct? Do we teach parents to be "against" special ed teachers? Do we support special ed teachers? What is our mission?

Why should anyone go into special education? What qualities do good special education teachers share? What may be troubling this teacher? What strategies can she employ to resolve her problem?

Pam answers questions about support of special educators (and sets the record straight) in Why Do You Teach Parents to be Against Special Ed Teachers?

More resources for teachers and paraprofessionals

More Frequently Asked Questions

2. What are the Criteria for Remedial Reading Programs?

"My child has been in remedial reading this year. He made three months of progress so he actually fell further behind his peers."

"Can the school select one reading program and use that program with all children? What are the criteria for remedial reading programs?"

Research editor Sue Heath answers this parent's questions, describes three reasons for reading failure, six qualities of effective reading programs, requirements for research based reading programs - and the price children pay when we do not teach them to read in What Are the Criteria for Remedial Reading Programs?

Sue also describes the federal model reading program (90 minutes of instruction, 5 days a week) which includes frequent objective assessments. She provides you with questions you should ask about your child's reading program. Read article.

In Doing Your Homework, Sue Heath answers questions about reading, research based instruction, retention, No Child Left Behind, and advocacy strategies.


3. Are ANY Schools Using Research to Improve Reading?

Jimmy Kilpatrick, Editor of EducationNews, asks:

"Do you know of any school in the nation that has adopted and used successfully the NIH research in reading? Although advocates for children with disabilities and U. S. Department of Education want to bring this into reality, it seems that nothing is changing."

Sue Heath answers Mr. Kilpatrick's questions - what is changing, why, and what still needs to change in Are ANY Schools Using Research to Improve Reading?

Learn about reading (teaching, learning, research, training, certification, law) and research based instruction.

Subscribe to EducationNews!EducationNews is the #1 ranked source of education news on the Internet - and it's free! Learn more.


4. Special Offer on Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition (FETA-2) Ends Friday, Oct 21!

On October 13, we learned that Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition (FETA-2) had shipped from the printer, so we sent an announcement to subscribers about the special prepublication offer on FETA-2.

The Offer: Orders placed for Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition between Thursday, October 13 and Friday, October 21 will receive a "$10 Off Coupon" that may be applied to the purchase of Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition (to be published after the final special education regulations are published in Winter 2005/6) Details of prepub offer.

In six days, more than half of the books have been pre-sold. We have requested an expedited second printing.

Question: How is Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition (FETA-2) different from the first edition published in 2001. Read about the changes and revisions in FETA-2 so you can make an informed decision.

Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition (FETA-2) will be shipped during the first week of November.

More Wrightslaw Publications and Products

5. Ask the Advocate: My Child is Being Evaluated - What Tests Should I Request?

"I think my child has a learning disability - what tests should I request?"

"My child has Down Syndrome - what tests should I request?"

Advocate Pat Howey answers: "You want to select an evaluator who is knowledgeable about your child's disability. Your evaluator should have expertise and knowledge about a variety of tests and should use this expertise to select appropriate tests for your child."

In My Child is Being Evaluated, What Tests Should I Request? Pat describes the responsibilities, duties and knowledge that advocates and evaluators need to possess -- and pitfalls parents need to avoid when they get a private evaluation.

As a member of the Wrightslaw Speaker's Bureau, Pat Howey presents advocacy training seminars. Pat and attorney Wayne Steedman also present Wrightslaw Special Education Law & Advocacy Training Programs.


6. How Can I Find an Advocate, Evaluator, Educational Consultant, or Attorney?

One of your most frequently-asked-questions is "How can I find an advocate / attorney / evaluator / consultant?"

In How to Find an Advocate, Evaluator, Educational Consultant, we offer suggestions about how to find a consultant, advocate or attorney who represents children with disabilities.

Learn more about special education advocacy.


7. Wrightslaw Programs: Sarasota FL, Macomb/St Clair Co MI, and a FREE Bootcamp in Oklahoma City

"What a marvelous conference! I often leave sped presentations angry and/or guilty because of all the things that were done or not done. This time I left encouraged, inspired and armed!"

To learn when we are coming to your area, please check the schedule page.

Conferences are being booked for 2006 and 2007. To learn how you can bring a Wrightslaw program to your community, please visit Seminars and Training. Program Descriptions


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