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January 2, 2009 - Training Lions & Tigers: Discipline and Children with Disabilities. Pete's Parenting Tips; "Training Lions and Tigers"; Teach Your Children Good Habits and Self Discipline; Tips for Taking Care of Yourself.
January 6, 2009 - Four Rules for Raising Children. The Child Had to Work; No Telephone or TV in the Child's Room, Ever!; The Child Had to Learn to Touch Type at Home; Never ask "WHY?"; Smart Kids with LD 2009 Youth Achievement Award.
January 13, 2009 - Real People, Real Success: Looking Forward to Success in 2009. Embracing Success in 2009; What Keeps us Sane? Planning!; How I Dealt with Bullying & Harassment at School; Saving a Class, Saving our Children; Preparation is the Key to Success; A Cool Head and a Perceptive Ear; Combo Sale: 10% Off all Wrightslaw Combos.
January 20, 2009 - A New Voice in America: Community Service. Personal Message from P2 -Service to Others; PELE Special Ed Clinic Helps Families; Resources: Special Ed Legal Clinics; You are Invited to the PELE Kick-Off; "Ask What YOU Can Do for Your Country" - Service to Others.
January 27, 2009 - 2008 Progress Report...and a Thank You Note. Thank You Note from Pete & Pam; 2008 Progress Report; Top 10 Articles; Top 10 Topics; Top 10 Cases; Top 10 Blog Posts.
February 4, 2009 - Supreme Court News: Parents Can Sue School Officials for Discrimination; Tuition Reimbursement & Strip Search Cases. Parents Can Sue School Officials Under Discrimination Laws; a unanimous decision in Fitzgerald v. Barnstable; Supreme Court Will Revisit Tuition Reimbursement; Forest Grove School District v. T. A.; Did Strip Search Violate Student's Privacy Rights? Safford Unified School District v. Redding.
February 10, 2009 - Can a School be Forced to Evaluate a Child? Can Parents Force a School to Evaluate Their Child?; The Legal Requirement to Evaluate a Child is Clear and Unambiguous; Evaluation Criteria; Evaluating a Child Who Already Has an IEP; Evaluation Results Must Be Provided; Consider an Independent Educational Evaluation.
February 17, 2009 - Summary of the Stimulus Bill and IDEA Funding. Summary of Key Points in the Stimulus Bill for Special Education; What Happened in the Final Bill?; Bill Provides Major Increase in Special Education Funding; Questions and a Plan of Action; Two Sources of Funding to School Districts; Reporting Provisions & Modernization/ADA Compliance; How to Find the Bill.
February 24, 2009 - "Waiting to Fail" Instead of Teaching a Child to Read. Preventing the Downward Spiral in Reading; Another Year in the Same Grade is NOT a Gift; Get an Evaluation by an Expert; Teaching Your Child to Read.
March 3, 2009 - Parent Guide to Response to Intervention (RTI). RTI and Hope for Better Instruction; What is RTI?; RTI and Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD); Concerns about the RTI Process; Ask these Questions about RTI.
March 10, 2009 - Name the Book Contest: We Need Your Help! About the Book; Contest Rules; The Grand Prize: Wrightslaw Advocate's Deluxe Super Pack.
March 17, 2009 - Why Retain? It Didn't Work the First Time. The Real Issue: Reading; The Definition of Reading; Don't Allow the School to Retain Your Child; Sample Letter to Request the school NOT Retain Your Child.
March 24, 2009 - Get Good IEPs: Improve Your Advocacy Strategies & Skills. Your IEP game Plan: Writing SMART IEPS; Good IEP Goals: A Tactics & Strategy Session; What Can I Ask the School to Do?; Video: Introducing Alex - He's a Child, Not a Label.
March 31, 2009 - "How To" Tips for Successful IEP Meetings. Plan & Prepare for the IEP Meeting; Use a Parent Agenda; How to Use a Parent IEP Attachment; The Power of Your Written Follow-Up Letter.
April 1, 2009 - New! Wright Tote IEP Kit. The Wright Tote IEP Kit Includes: Your Contact Log, Calendar, and Journal...and more; Want the Wright Tote IEP Kit PLUS the Wrightslaw Best Sellers?; More New Advocacy Supplies and Accessories.
April 7, 2009 - Strategies to Resolve IEP Problems. How to Indicate Disagreement on the IEP; How to Handle Disagreements with the IEP Team; When Disagreements Turn Into Power Struggles; Building Positive School Relations.
April 14, 2009 - Advocacy Skill Building: Answers to Your Questions about IEPs and...a Favor! Sharon's Story: Advocating for Emily; Got Questions? FAQs about IEPs.
April 21, 2009 - Overcoming Roadblocks to Extended School Year (ESY) Services. Standards for ESY; Overcoming Roadblock to ESY Services; Knowledge & Skills for Effective Advocacy Strategies; Court Rulings on ESY; What's on the Blog About ESY.
April 28, 2009 - Behavior & Discipline: Can the School Expel My Child? Behavior Problems at School; IDEA 2004: Disciplining Children with Disabilities; Can the School Expel My Child with ADHD; IEPs for Children with Behavior Problems; On the Blog: My Child is Aggressive, Will Special Ed Help?
May 5, 2009 - When Behavior is Caused by a Disability. Handling a Manifestation Determination Review; What Schools are Required to Do; Wrightslaw Conferences and Training; Suspending Children with Disabilities from School; New Posts on the Wrightslaw Way Blog.
May 12, 2009 - Behavior Problems? Get Help! Functional Behavioral Assessments; FBA and Positive Interventions: What Parents Need to Know; Spring Into Summer Sale; Free Pub: IEP Team's Introduction to Functional Behavior Assessments and Positive Intervention Plans; Get Help Here! Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities.
May 19, 2009 - Accommodations & Rights for College Students with Disabilities. College Course Requirements for Students with Disabilities; Spring Into Summer Sale 20% OFF; Help for College Students with Disabilities; Self-Advocacy: Know Yourself, Know What You Need; Know How to Get It; Help! My Son with LD Graduates! Who Will Write his 504 When he Loses His IEP?
25, 2009 - Memorial Day: Sacrifice, Support & Exceptional Military
Families on the Move. Memorial Day Salute; Exceptional Family Members;
Changing Schools; Summer Camps: Free Pub! Military Students on the Move.
June 9, 2009 - Mistakes People Make Series. Parents; School Districts; Independent Evaluators; Advocates; Avoid Mistakes: Train Hard.
June 16, 2009 - Top Five Articles. Tests and Measurements for the Parent, Teacher, Advocate & Attorney; Functional Behavioral Assessments: What, Why, When, Where, and Who?; Response to Intervention: Guidelines for Parents & Practitioners; IEPs for Children with Behavior Problems; Wrightslaw Game Plan: SMART IEPS.
June 22, 2009 - ALERT! Supreme Court Issues Decision in Forest Grove School District v. T.A. The Supreme Court issues a Pro-Child Decision in this case about tuition reimbursement for a child who was never found eligible and never received special education services from the public school.
June 23, 2009 - How I Won A Private Placement: A New Success Story. Good Documentation: Train Yourself to Write Things Down!; Special Education Law & Advocacy Training; On the Blog...Parental Involvement in Placement Decisions.
June 30, 2009 - IDEA Fairness Restoration Act, H.R. 2740: Call to Action! Why is the IDEA Fairness Restoration Act so Important?; Sign the Petition and Support the IDEA Fairness Restoration Act!; Analysis of Arlington v. Murphy by Pete Wright; Special Education Law & Advocacy Training.
July 7, 2009 - Alert! Call-In Day Thursday, July 9. Please call you Congressional Representative on July 9. Ask him or her to co-sponsor the IDEA Fairness Restoration Act, H.R. 2740.
July 14, 2009 - All About IEPS - It's a Winner! Winning title in the Name the Book Contest, All About IEPS; Getting Quality Services in the IEP; How to Tweak Your Child's IEP; Wright Tote IEP Kit.
July 21, 2009 - Summer School for Advocates: Advocacy 101. Advocating for Your Child - Getting Started; What Advocates Do; So You Want to Be an Advocate?; Hot Links: Advocacy Resource Directory.
August 4, 2009 - Summer School for Advocates: Part 2. How to Use IDEA & NCLB to Improve Your Child's Special Education Program; What is FAPE?; IDEA 2004; Your Child's Progress in the General Curriculum; Special Ed Legal and Assessments Terms Vocabulary Quiz.
August 11, 2009 - Summer School for Advocates: Part 3. Measuring and Tracking Progress. Tests and Measurements for the Parent, Teacher, Advocate, & Attorney; Why are Test Scores so Important?; What is Your Bell Curve IQ?; Independent Educational Evaluations; What's on the Blog: Evaluations.
August 18, 2009 - Summer School for Advocates: Part 4. Final Exam - Special Education Law. Review Caselaw; Practice Questions; Take the Final Exam; Finding Special Education or Disability Law School Programs.
September 1, 2009 - Championing Children: Advocates in Action! A Powerful (but often overlooked) Advocacy Tool; Educate People in Your Community; Get the Word Out Advocacy Campaign; Your Summer School for Advocates Certificate.
September 15, 2009 - Back to School Tips: Starting a New IEP Advocacy Year. Back to School Tips; New Success Story: Setting High Expectations; Back to School Special Town Hall Meeting; School Guidance for Flu Season: What Does the "Swine Flu" have to do with FAPE?
Summer School for Advocates 2009: Parts 1- 5
September 22, 2009 - Twice Exceptional Children: Gifted Students with Disabilities. New Page at Wrightslaw: Twice Exceptional Children; Prohibition Against Disability-Based Discrimination; Characteristics of Gifted Students with Specific Disabilities; 2e Resources, Books, and Free Pubs.
September 29, 2009 - Problem Solving: Homework Refusal. Master of Deception: Homework Refusal and Failure; The High Cost of School Failure and Dropping Out; Parents: Doing Your Homework; Problem Solving: Need Help?
October 6, 2009 - Expired IEP - Now What? Can My Child's IEP Expire?Section 504 and the ADA, Confusion About benefits & Rights in IDEA & Section 504; Posts from the Wrightslaw Way Blog.
October 13, 2009 - Reading Tests: What They Measure & Don't Measure. Learning About Reading Tests; What Reading Tests Measure; Comprehensive Reading Evaluations; It is Alarming that So Many Children are Not Learning to Read.
October 20, 2009 - Measuring Educational Progress: Test Scores. Interpreting Test Scores; measuring Progress; Mastering the Bell Curve; Evaluating Children.
October 27, 2009 - What You Need to Know About Response to Intervention (RTI). Identifying Children with Specific Learning Disabilities; Catch Struggling Children Early; RTI Should Not Delay a Necessary Evaluation; RTI Resources.
October 28, 2009 - Alert! Special Offer, Wrightslaw: All About IEPs.
November 3, 2009 - Struggling with Dyslexia (AND French 101). French Now? or English First?; Reading: The Real Issue; Doing Your Homework: Reading; Reading is a Major Issue in Education; Special Offer on Wrightslaw: All About IEPs.
November 10, 2009- Alert! New! Wrightslaw: All About IEPs. Last Day -Special Prepublication Offer ends tomorrow.
November 17, 2009 - Celebrate Month of the Military Family. Ensuring FAPE for Military Children; DoD Special Needs Parent Toolkit for Military Families; An Exceptional Guard Family; Thank You for Supporting Our Troops.
November 24, 2009 - Methodology in the IEP. Methodology is vitally important; Who Chooses Methodology; New! Wrightslaw Training Program: All About IEPs; Proven Methods of Teaching and Learning.
December 1, 2009 - Research Based Reading Programs and Assessments. Effective Research Based Instruction; Research Based Reading Programs and Assessments; Reports on Reading Programs; ISO Smart Kids with LD Youth Achievement Award.
December 3, 2009 - Alert! Wrightslaw: All About IEPs is Shipping Now! How to Place Your Order; We Need Your Help with Two Questions; How You Can Help.
December 8, 2009 - Reading Recovery: What Do School Districts Get for Their Money? What is Reading Recovery?; Is Reading Recovery Effective?; Where's the "Bang for the Buck" with RR?; Meet Melissa Farrall.
Decenber 11, 2009 - Alert! New Law to Prevent Abuse in Schools: First "All About IEPs" Program in FL on Jan 15. Preventing Harmful Restraint and Seclusion Act (H.R. 4247); First Wrightslaw "All About IEPs Program" in Florida on January 15, 2010.
December 15, 2009 - Alert! Join Us! "All About IEPs" Program in Tampa on Jan 15, 2020. Program Description; What You Will Learn; Special Offer: Reduced Registration Fee; Holiday Weekend Special - Save the Date!; Fun Stuff.
December 16, 2009 - Preventing Harmful Restraint and Seclusion in Schools Act (H.R. 4247). What Does it Mean for Children with Disabilities?; IEPs, BIPs, and Educational Plans; What Can You Do?; National Reports on Seclusion and Restraints.
December 22, 2009 - Happy Holidays.