The Power of Getting Organized
Summer School 2012: Session 1

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June 26, 2012

file bindersYou will understand the power of getting organized when you take your organized file to the IEP meeting this fall. You will gain a sense of control.

Your goal this summer...

  • Learn how to create a document management system
  • Organize your child's special education file

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate we explain the importance of keeping and organizing records. You will learn where to start, what supplies you will need, and how to develop your Master Provider List.

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Creating a Document Management System

Use Wrightslaw's parent-tested system for tracking your child’s educational history and quickly locating any document in your child’s file.

Learn how to Organize Your Child's Special Education File.

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Advocacy Supplies You Will Need

You will organize and file all information about your child in three-ring notebooks.

Time to gather your supplies. Use the Advocacy 101: Supply List to make sure you have everything you need to get started.

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Gather Information about your Child

Make a list of all individuals and agencies that may have information or records about your child.

Start your provider list today. Or, update a previous list.

This page has a link to download the format for a Master Provider List.

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What Documents are Keepers?

Even the oldest documents in your child's history can sometimes help you make a case.

Get the guidelines for understanding the importance of different documents and how to organize them sensibly.

The Paper Chase: Managing Your Child's Documents by Robert K. Crabtree, Esq.


Summer School Session 1: Homework Checklist


  1. Learn how to create a Document Management System.


  2. Get a 3-ring binder and all other supplies you will need.


  3. Begin (or update) your Master Provider List.

  4. Learn the guidelines for keeping important documents.


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