Date: May 10, 2006
Issue: 351
ISSN: 1538-3202

In this Issue

1. Writing SMART IEPs by Pete & Pam Wright

2. Highly Qualified Teachers & Research Based Instruction

3. NCLB: What Every Parent Needs to Know

4. IDEA 2004 Regs - May 2006 Update

5. Wrightslaw Programs in MA, NY, PA, DE

6. Subscribe & Contact Info

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1. Game Plan: Writing SMART IEPs by Pete and Pam Wright

Diane writes: "Help! I need to find good IEP goals!"

"I know my son's IEP is inadequate. The school's only goal for him is 'Commitment to academic success.' If 'Commitment to academic success' is not an appropriate goal, what should I propose in its place?"

Mary writes: "Help! I need good IEP goals and objectives!"

"I am a first year special education teacher. I need to see some good IEP goals. I haven't had enough experience with this and need to feel more secure in this area. Can you point me in the right direction?"

Diane is a parent, Mary is a special education teacher. Diane and Mary represent thousands of people who write to us every year with questions about writing IEPs.  

What makes writing IEPs so difficult?

What makes the IEP process so confusing?

In the Wrightslaw Game Plan: Writing SMART IEPs, you learn how to identify the child's needs, write measurable goals, and SMART IEPs. You will also learn how you can download a fr-*-e copy of Chapter 10 about SMART IEPs from Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd edition)

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2. Highly Qualified Teachers & Research Based Instruction

In the Wrightslaw Game Plan: Writing SMART IEPs, you learned that IEPs changed under IDEA 2004. Congress made other changes in the law that are important to parents and teachers.

In IDEA 2004: IEPs, Highly Qualified Teachers & Research Based Instruction, you will learn about new language in IDEA 2004 that is designed to ensure that children with disabilities are taught by highly qualified teachers and receive research based instruction. This article includes new requirements for personnel training, IEPs, and scientifically based instruction.

More What You Need to Know about IDEA 2004 articles.

IDEA 2004 at Wrightslaw - Download the proposed regulations (reformatted); read articles about research based instruction, Response to Intervention, highly qualified teachers; learn about new requirements for IEP teams and IEP meetings, accommodations and alternate assessments, parental rights, transition, and more.

3. No Child Left Behind: What Every Parent Needs to Know

AYP, SES, HQT ... Are you confused about the terms in No Child Left Behind? As a parent, which terms are important to you?

The Department of Education published a handy little article that will help to clear up some of this confusion. In No Child Left Behind Terms Every Parent Need to Know, you will learn commonly used terms that parents may hear when discussing or reading about No Child Left Behind.

In A Parent's Guide to No Child Left Behind, Sue Heath, co-author of Wrightslaw: No Child Left Behind, describes requirements for teachers and paraprofessionals, school and school district report cards, annual testing in math and reading. Learn about new options for parents, including transfers from failing schools and free supplemental services - tutoring, after-school programs and summer school. Printer friendly version (4 pages)

How Will No Child Left Behind Affect YOU? - If you are a parent, teacher, administrator, child advocate, or attorney, these articles will help you decide how No Child Left Behind will affect you.

4. Update: IDEA 2004 Regulations

"Can you give us a status report on the the IDEA 2004 regs? I thought they would be published months ago."

Yes, we can try. You can read the May 2006 Update on the IDEA 2004 Regulations at https://www.wrightslaw.com/news/06/idea.regs.0502.htm

5. Wrightslaw Training Programs in MA, NY, PA, DE

Wrightslaw offers a variety of special education law and advocacy programs taught by experts in the field of special education law and advocacy. The Spring 2006 schedule includes these programs:

May 11: Springfield, MA - Special Ed Law & Advocacy Training with Pete and Pam Wright.

May 17: Rochester, NY - Special Ed Law & Advocacy Training with Wayne Steedman and Pat Howey; sponsored by Greater Rochester SAFE.

June 7: Wilkes-Barre, PA - Special Education Advocacy Training with Pat Howey,;sponsored by Supporting Autism and Families Everywhere - SAFE.

June 14: Rehoboth Beach, DE - Special Ed Law & Advocacy Training with Pete and Pam Wright at the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel; sponsored by The Arc of Delaware.

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Online Training Countdown! Progress report from Pete & Pam (we are doing training programs!)

We are scheduling programs for 2007. If you are interested in bringing a Wrightslaw program to your community, please read Conference Information.

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