Teachers as Advocates
Teacher Appreciation Week

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ISSN: 1538-320
May 8, 2018

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Teachers are uniquely situated to know whether students are receiving the type of attention and education that they deserve and, in this case, are federally entitled to. This is particularly so with respect to disabled children.... Teachers may therefore be the only guardians of these children’s rights and interests during the school day. - Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Settlegoode v. Portland.

When IDEA added the emphasis on involvement and progress in the general curriculum, the role of regular education teachers, together with special education and related services personnel, became increasingly critical in implementing FAPE in IEPs for children with disabilities.

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate we recognize Teacher Appreciation Week and say thank you for caring about the kids.

We hope you will forward this issue to other friends, families, or colleagues.
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Saving a Class, Saving our Children

Success story: How we saved our High Potential Special Needs class (HPSN). Teachers who had seen remarkable changes in our kids stuck out their necks and spoke.

We were polite. We were not demanding. We were not rude. We simply told our stories. Our children told their stories. We made a difference!


I'm a Teacher and I Know IEPs are NOT Being Followed

What do I do?

We regularly hear from teachers who struggle with incorrect information and guidance from school personnel and often experience retaliation from administrators.


Saying Thank You to Those Who Help

I worry that the people in the system who are helping me and our kids will get burned out and quit - which is the last thing we want to see!

Too often people who work with us hear complaints but not praise. When someone does a good job, let them know. Help keep them energized and prevent them from burning out.

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Learning About Advocacy

Special education advocates speak for children with disabilities and special needs who are unable to protect themselves.

"Learning About Advocacy," page 3, Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy.

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