Mistakes School Districts Make

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Circulation: 98,627
ISSN: 1538-320
February 17, 2015

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Advocates meetingWhat makes parents angry? Parents are angry when school personnel take actions that:

  • undermine trust
  • create a negative climate
  • deliver inadequate services to your child

This week's feature is the last in our series Mistakes People Make. Read week 1 and week 2.

This issue of the Special Ed Advocate describes some significant school system mistakes. Find out how to create more effective team meetings when parents learn to help the school and schools learn how to avoid confrontation with parents.

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Mistakes People Make: School Districts

Anything a school system does that undermines parents' trust creates a climate that is costly in dollars, time, peace of mind, and the quality and success of services given to the child.

Mistakes People Make - School Districts describes common mistakes schools make. This article should be required reading for all special ed administrators.


Advocate with parents

How Schools Can Avoid Confrontation with Parents

The school team should treat all team members equally and value input from each member.

The school team should not cave to the "floodgate mentality" during meetings or let the process overwhelm the focus on the unique needs of your child.

Does your district need helpful school strategies for productive team meetings?


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Resolving Parent-School Disputes

Conflict between parents and schools is normal and inevitable. Learn some options for resolving disagreements.

See Chapter 14, p. 119, in Wrightslaw: All About IEPs.

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Help the School WANT to Help Your Child

The most important ability to use in resolving problems with the school is to put yourself in the shoes of the people on the other side.

As a parent, your ultimate goal is to educate school personnel so they want to help your child.


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