It's mid-January - time to review your child's IEP. Is your child making good progress toward the goals in the IEP? How do you know?
Have you received your child's progress report toward meeting the annual goals? (you should receive IEP progress reports at report card time) Download this issue of the newsletter.
But first, we need your help.
1. Online IDEA 2004 Training?
As you know, IDEA 2004 went into effect on July 1, 2005. We have received scores of requests for IDEA 2004 training - more than we can possibly honor. This led us to consider other ways to provide this much-needed training.
For the past two months, we have investigated audio and web-based training programs. We learned that there are three main ways to provide training.
Webinar: Same as web conferences except that the audio is streamed over the Internet instead of carried on a separate phone line. Webinars are most often used for structured events like training programs.
1. Are you interested in online training about IDEA 2004? (no commitment)
2. Are you interested in online training in another area (i.e., SMART IEPs, tests and measurements, No Child Left Behind)
3. If you are interested in online training, which format do you prefer?
Telephone conference call
4. If you are interested in online training, would you access the program at home or at work?
5. What is your connection speed? (dial-up, DSL, cable, other)
6. If a program is 90 minutes long, what is your preferred start time? (i.e., 10 am, 2 pm, 8 pm)
7. Do you have other thoughts or ideas that will help us make a wise decision?
Please type ONLINE TRAINING (ALL CAPS) in the subject line of your email, then send your answers to email@example.com
This is a new area for us. We appreciate your ideas and suggestions!
2. Good IEPs Goals: A Tactics & Strategy Session by Pete and Pam Wright
How can you get good goals in your child's IEP? What can you do if the school wants to use "teacher observations," not objective testing in the IEP?
3. My Child is Not Learning - What Can I Ask the School to Do?
Sue Heath answers questions about what parents can ask the school to do and how to prepare for school meetings.
4. Get Help from the Yellow Pages for Kids
"Help! I am having problems with the school - I need an advocate!"
"Help! I need to get an evaluation of my child - where can I find a good evaluator?"
If you are looking for help, visit the Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities!
Just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for an application.
Listings are free!
5. Wrightslaw Training Programs: February 2006
February includes programs in Georgia and Virginia:
February 2: Duluth GA - Special Education Law & Advocacy Training; keynote; breakout sessions
6. Subscription & Contact Info
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