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The Nuts & Bolts of Writing Letters

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Circulation: 86,105
ISSN: 1538-320
August 2, 2011

Letter writing is essential to advocacy. When you write a letter, you want someone to read it. When you follow the strategies for writing good letters, you increase the odds that someone will read and respond to your letter. Your letter will accomplish your purpose.

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you will learn the qualities of good letters and how to avoid the pitfalls of letter writing. You'll find editing and presentation techniques that will enhance the effectiveness of your letters to the school.

Please don't hesitate to forward this issue to friends, family members, or colleagues.

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Letter Writing Tips

Check out this fact sheet on Letter Writing Tips. Get quick tips on:

  • Writing the right person,what to include, how long,
  • Image, presentation, setting the tone
  • Deadlines, delivery options
  • What to do if you don't get a response

The Negative Impact of Certified Letters

Many parents think you should send important letters to the school by certified mail. We think this approach is wrong and will backfire on you.

Certified letters could have a negative impact on your relationship with school personnel. It may cause the recipient to feel defensive and mistrustful.

So how do you establish that the school received your letter? This article will tell you.


The Nuts & Bolts of Letter Writing

Letters to the school are business letters. The parts of business letters are standard.

Review this fact sheet on the Nuts & Bolts of Letter Writing.

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