Back to School Survival Guide

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Circulation: 98,627
ISSN: 1538-320
September 15, 2015

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girl getting on school busAre your kids anxiously returning to school, or anxious about returning to school?

Parents are anxious too.

We'll try to alleviate some of your fears and help you start the school year off on the right foot.

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you'll find information and advice, advocate's tips, resources, and a special education survival guide to help you succeed. Have a great school year!

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Download the Back to School Checklist

Do you have a baseline picture of your child for the beginning of the school year?

Are you prepared to monitor progress?

Download the Checklist to keep yourself on track! PDF

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Re-Read Your Child's IEP

  • Do you understand what the school agreed to provide?
  • Do your child's teachers understand what they are to provide?

Never assume that teachers have a copy of your child's IEP or have had time to read it before school begins.

Re-read your child's IEP, then read How to Use IDEA 2004 to Improve Your Child's Special Education.


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Your Back to School Special Education Survival Guide

Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition

  • Advocacy Supply List: Chapter 1
  • Parent as Project Manager: Chapter 3
  • Understanding the School: Chapter 4
  • Your Relationship with the School: Chapter 5
  • Your Child's Evaluations: Chapter 8
  • Your Document Management System: Chapter 9
  • SMART IEPs: Chapter 12
  • Sample Contact Log and Problem Report: Chapter 22
  • Sample Letters: Chapter 23 & 24
  • Taking Control at School Meetings: Chapter 25
  • Meeting Strategies for Maintaining Control: Chapter 26

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10 Tips for a Successful School Year

Read Advocate Pat Howey's 10 Tips for a Successful School Year. You'll find advice about how to make the transition back to school as easy as possible, and tips to help you get off to a good start.


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