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January 3, 2012 - New Year Quick Picks 2012: Special Education Topics. PE and Adapted PE; Placement Decision; Questions: 5 W's + H + E; IEPs: Parental Consent.
January 10, 2012 - The Lighter Side of Special Ed. Due Process Hearings: The Lighter Side??; Image & Buzzwords - a humorous decoder of jargon and phrases used by schools and at IEP meetings; Find help in the Yellow Pages for Kids; Experienced Advocacy: What I Rely on Most.
January 17, 2012 - Progress Report 2011...and a Thank You Note. Wrightslaw Annual Progress Report; Top 10s for 2011: Articles, Topics, Cases, and Blog Posts.
January 24, 2012 - Alert! Keeping All Students Safe Act (S.2020). Ask your Senator to cosponsor this important bill that will protect children nationwide from restraint and seclusion in schools. Find more information and a sample email message you may use.
January 31, 2012 - Mistakes People Make: Independent Experts & Evaluators. Mistakes Independent Experts Make by Pete Wright, Esq.; Mistakes Independent Evaluators Make by Bob Crabtree, Esq.; Avoid Mistakes: Tactics & Strategy for the Effective Advocate; Effective Advocacy Strategies.
February 7, 2012 - Mistakes People Make: Parents & Advocates. Mistakes Parents Make; Mistakes Advocates Make; Become an Effective Advocate: Train! Train! Train!; 10 Tips for Good Advocates.
February 14, 2012 - When Schools Punish Sick Children Who Miss School. The School Wants to Retain my Honor Student - What Can I Do?; When Schools Punish Sick Children: A Game Plan; What IDEA Says...Wrightslaw: Special Education Law; Compulsory School Attendance Laws & Special Needs.
February 21, 2012 - Good Grades: Does My Child Still Need Specialized Instruction? Good Grades, the Need for an Evaluation, and Eligibility for Special Ed; Teachers v. Psychologist - Who Determines Eligibility?; What Does Idea 2004 Say...Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition; Can the School Terminate My Child's Eligibility for Special Ed?
February 28, 2012 - Stress Less this IEP Season: IEP Team Members & Team Attendance. Parents are Not Members of the IEP Team...Say What!?; Do Parents Have to Excuse Members of the IEP Team?; The Legal Requirements of IEPs; Can Parents Ask that Members of the IEP Team be Excluded?
March 6, 2012 - Stress Less this IEP Season: Present Levels & Measurable Goals. Roadmap to the IEP; Present Levels and Functional Goals; What IDEA 2004 says about the requirements for using present levels; 25% OFF SALE; SMART IEPs: The Parent as Watchdog.
March 13, 2012 - Stress Less this IEP Season: How to Get an Appropriate Program. How Can I Get an Appropriate Program?; Improving Outcomes and Results for Kids with Disabilities; Game Plan for an Appropriate Program? SMART IEPs; SMART IEP Goals and Objectives.
March 20, 2012 - Stress Less this IEP Season: When IEP Services are NOT Delivered. Steps Parents Can Take When IEP Services are NOT Delivered; Does the District Need to Make-Up Therapy Sessions?; Wrightslaw: All About IEPs -Tip: Scheduling Therapy Sessions; Making Up Missed Services.
March 27, 2012 - Stress Less this IEP Season: How-To Tips. How to Create a Paper Trail for Contacts with the School; How to Write Good IEP Goals; How to Document the IEP Meeting for YOUR Viewpoint; How to Find Help - Advocates, Attorneys, Therapists, Tutors...and more; Wrightslaw Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities.
April 3, 2012 - Privacy, Confidentiality, & Education Records. Confidentiality, Copyright Law, and Tests; Parent Observations vs. Student Confidentiality; The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA); How Much Information Should a School Provide?
April 10, 2012 - Transition Planning: Setting Life Long Goals. Transition Planning - Setting Goals; Legal Requirements for Transition; Transition from School to Work; Transition Planning and Your Child's IEP.
April 17, 2012 - My Child is Graduating...What Next? What is the Intent of a Summary of Performance?; Finding a Good Match for the Future; Help! My Son Graduates. Who Will Write his 504 When He Loses his IEP?; Choosing a School that is Right for YOU; Loans, Scholarships, and Financial Aid for College; Self-Advocacy: Know Yourself, Know What You Need, Know How to Get it; Meet Josh - an Amazing Self-Advocate.
April 24, 2012 - A Special IEP Offer Just for You. SALE Alert! 25% OFF All Wrightslaw Products, including CD-ROM Training Programs and Advocacy Supplies.
May 1, 2012 - Don't Drop the Ball on ESY + Summer Camps & Summer Learning. Our ESY Services Never Happened Last Summer!; IEP Season Special Offer, 25% OFF; The Regression-Recoupment Myth; What Will Your Child Do This Summer? Gearing Up for Summer Camp & Summer Learning.
May 8, 2012 - Training "Shamu": Test Scores & Educational Decision-Making. Test Scores and FAPE; We Can Train "Shamu" but Can't Teach a Child to Read?; Cold Hard Numbers and Successful IEP Meetings; May's Featured Product - 25% OFF: "Understanding Your Child's Test Scores" Multimedia Training on CD Rom.
May 15, 2012 - Asking the Right Questions: Choosing the Right Tests. What Should I Know About Evaluations?; How Do I Request a Multifactored Evaluation?; What Tests Should I Request?; What Should I Expect From an Evaluation?
May 22, 2012 - How Students Learn: Using Tests to Uncover Learning Problems. What Reading Tests Measure...and Don't Measure; Assessments, Evaluations, and Tests; Myths and Misconceptions: Testing Written Expression; Does RTI Replace the Need for an Evaluation?
May 29, 2012 - Is Your Child Struggling to Read? Is Your Child Struggling to Read but Falling Further Behind?; How Do We Prevent Reading Difficulties and Failure?; 11 Questions to Ask About Your Child's Reading Program; The Price Children Pay When We Do NOT Teach Them to Read.
June 5, 2012 - ALERT! Rights for Children with Dyslexia. In this Action Alert from Wrightslaw you can sign the petition to urge Congress to support a Bill of Rights for Children with Dyslexia. You will also learn how to send an email with your comments, or sign the petition, about the proposed revision to DSM-5 removing Dyslexia.
June 12, 2012 - Got Questions? Ask the Advocates! Can the school put my daughter in the certificate program, because it is better for her than a regular diploma?; What can I do to avoid the stress of due process?; Can the school prepare a draft IEP before the IEP meeting?; What do I do when the school doesn't follow the IEP and says I should just "get over it?"
June 19, 2012 - Hope for the Best, Prepare for the Worst: Surviving Due Process. Rules of Adverse Assumptions; How to Prepare for a Due process Hearing; Josh Won! Compensatory Services and an IEP; Preparing for (& Surviving) Due Process.
June 26, 2012 - Summer School 2012: Session 1. The Power of Getting Organized. Creating a Document Management System; Advocacy 101: Supply List; Gather Information About Your Child; What Documents are Keepers?; Homework Checklist.
July 10, 2012 - Summer School 2012: Session 2. Requesting Your Child's Records. Request Agency Records; Review and Request School Records; Sample Letters: How to Request Information; Tips for Writing Request Letters.
July 31, 2012 - Summer School 2012: Session 3. Tracking Your Child's Educational History. Gather All Document;, How to Date Your Documents; Three Ring Binder: Rules; Success Story: What Organizing the File Can Do; Homework Checklist.
August 7, 2012 - Summer School 2012: Session 4. Creating a Master Document List. Creating Your Master Document List; Nuts and Bolts of Word Processing; Homework Assisgnment; Featured Product 25% OFF the Wright Tote IEP Kit; Train Yourself to Write Things Down.
August 14, 2012 - Need Help? Visit the Yellow Pages for Kids. Find Help in Your State; User's Guide: Learn How to Build Your Team; Meet Our Sponsors; Help Others! Apply for a FREE Listing in the Yellow Pages.
August 21, 2012 - Summer School 2012: Session 5. The BIG Picture: Your Master File. Reviewing the Master File; Your Master Plan for Success; Take the POLL: How Organized is Your Child's Special Education File?; Thanks for Participating: Your Summer School 2012 Certificate.
Summer School 2012: Parts 1-5. Summer School is a refresher course in effective advocacy techniques that will include a series of activities (and maybe a quiz or two) to help you prepare for the next school year. Your goal this summer...
August 28, 2012 - Back to School - Off to a Good Start! Advocate's Tips and Advice for starting the year off right. Tip #1: Re-Read Your Child's IEP; Tips #2: Meet With Your Child's Teacher; Tip #3:Prepare To Deal With Problems Earlys; All 10 Tips for a Successful School Year.
September 11, 2012 - Great Beginnings! A New IEP Advocacy Year. How to Help Parents Move Beyond their Emotions - to Advocacy; 9 Rules of Thumb for Special Ed Advocacy; Do's and Don'ts of Parent Advocacy; Document, Update, Educate, Monitor...TIPS for Parent Advocates.
September 18, 2012 - No Enthusiasm for Homework? What You Can Do! Master of Deception: Homework Refusal and School Failure; Does Your Child Have Difficultry with Organization?; Assignment Refusal is NOT a Discipline Issue; Need Some Strategies for Getting Homework Done?
September 25, 2012 - Roadmap to IEPs. Confused and Overwhelmed about IEPs?; 8 Steps to Better IEP Meetings; Can School Attorneys Legally Attend IEP Meetings?; Tested Tips for Parents and Teachers: Before, During, & After the IEP Meeting.
October 2, 2012 - Roadmap to IEPs: Help! I Need Good IEP Goals. Present Levels and SMART Goals; Are These Good IEP Goals?; Is Your Child's IEP Individualized?; Wrightslaw: All About IEPs; Are There Legal Limits on IEP Goals?
October 9, 2012 - Roadmap to IEPs: Do I HAVE To Sign the IEP? Legal Requirements of IEPs; Do I HAVE to Sign the IEP?; Can More Than One Disability Be Listed in the IEP?; Can We Write Our Parapro's Name in the IEP?;Our School Says the IEP Expired - Now What.
October 16, 2012 - 10 Reasons Schools Say "No!" - and Other Ridiculous Things. Gatekeepers: Their Job is to Say "No"; Schools Say the Darnedest (craziest, meanest, most ridiculous...) Things; Help the School WANT to Help Your Child: Why "No" May Not Always Mean "No."
October 23, 2012 - Free Appropriate Public Education: The Legal Concept of FAPE. FAPE - What the Law Requires; "Meaningful Educational Benefit" v. "Best Education"; Caselaw, Evans v. Rhinebeck: Your Roadmap to FAPE; The Legal Concept of FAPE.
October 30, 2012 - Four Lessons for Parents about FAPE. Schools Only Need to Provide "Appropriate" Program; Parents Really Do Know What Their Children Need; Rentention and FAPE; Strategies for Getting the School to Provide FAPE.
November 6, 2012 - I Need Help - RIGHT NOW! Crisis! Emergency! Help!; Fighting a Losing Battle with the School? Get Out of the Loop!; Question of the Week: How to Disagree with the School Without Starting WWIII?; When Disagreements Turn Into Power Struggles.
November 13, 2012 - Military Family Month. Military and DoD Special Education; Need a Special Ed Program that Meets Your Child's Needs? Go Shopping!; Military Discounts in the Wrightslaw Store; Disability Advocate Wins Military Spouse of the Year Award.
November 20, 2012 - Gifted Children with Special Educational Needs. Giftedness Sometimes Masks Special Needs; When Disability Interferes with Academic Performance; How Can I Fight for a Gifted Child; Profoundly Gifted Kids.
November 27, 2012 - IS Your Child a Problem at School? Does Your Child HAVE a Problem at School? IDEA Requirements for Functional Behavioral Assessments; When the Teacher "Can't Deal" With Your Child; Disciplining Students with Disabilities; Training Lions & Tigers: 4 Rules of Discipline.
December 4, 2012 - FAQs: Research-Based Reading Programs. Why Use Research-Based Reading Programs? How Can I Get a Reading Program That Works? What are the Criteria for Remedial Reading Programs? Using Effective Programs to Teach Children to Read.
December 12, 2012 - Special Education Topics: Quick Picks. Do I Have the Right to Observe My Child's Classroom? Must Teachers Provide ALL Accommodations in the IEP? My Child's Teacher Does Not Know Him - What Can I Do?
December 18 - Warm Holiday Wishes and a Cool Success Story. Treat Yourself to Some Good Advocacy Tips; Stop Playing the Victim - A Cool Success Story; Give a Wrightslaw Gift Certificate; Read One New Book a Month This Year, The "Book a Month" Plan in the Advocate's Bookstore.