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Title: Successful Inclusion Involves Families Engaging Families to Support Student Inclusion


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Successful Inclusion Involves Families!Engaging
Families to Support Student Inclusion Progress
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Ensuring Access Progress
  • High expectations
  • Information on student strengths that can be used
    to master curriculum
  • Information on how students disability impacts
    learning

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Ensuring Access Progress
  • Sufficient exposure to general curriculum
  • Effective instructional strategies
  • Needed supports
  • Authentic assessment

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Role of Families
  • Share information about childs strengths, needs
    and learning styles
  • Set communicate high expectations to child
    professionals
  • Be aware of core curriculum standards

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Family Role
  • Learn about share information on effective
    instructional strategies
  • Monitor childs progress in learning at home and
    school
  • Communicate with school re childs learning
  • Support participation in assessment with
    accommodations

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Family Role
  • Be an ongoing member of the evaluation, IEP, and
    instructional team
  • Participate in school district activities
  • Supporting individual student learning
  • Focused on improvement (NCLB, Special Education
    Parent Advisory Council, PTA/PTSO, etc.)

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Strategies to Assist Families
  • Develop concise descriptions of core curriculum
    standards expectations at each grade level
    translate into multiple languages share with
    families through PTA/PTSO, NCLB Parent Advisory
    Council, Special Ed PAC, PTI/CPRC

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Strategies to Assist Families
  • When discussing evaluation components, describe
    how each relates to identifying student
    strengths, needs, learning styles and is
    connected to standards for all

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It starts with the evaluation
  • How does the childs disability affect
    involvement progress in the general curriculum?
  • How does the childs disability affect
    social-emotional development, behavior,
    functional life skills, self-awareness, ability
    to communicate?
  • What are the childs strengths?

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Helpful Tools for Families
  • Positive student profile
  • Multiple Intelligences Assessment
  • Visions, hopes dreams

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Then comes the IEP
  • How do we develop at least one set of measurable
    annual goals, tied to the general curriculum, for
    each identified area of need, that set high but
    realistic expectations?

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High expectations
  • Share information with families on
  • Relationship between expectations achievement
  • Children rarely exceed our expectations
  • Importance of letting children try fail
  • Value of learning from our mistakes
  • Success stories

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Importance of LRE Placement
  • Neighborhood school placement facilitates
  • Parent involvement
  • Student participation in Supplemental Education
    Services
  • Development of relationships with non-disabled
    peers
  • Participation in after-school extra-curricular
    activities

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Importance of LRE Placement
  • General education classroom placement
    facilitates
  • Access to general curriculum
  • Access to subject masters

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Help families understand the purpose of IDEA
  • To ensure that children with disabilities receive
    educational benefit that allows them to progress
    from grade to grade, learning the knowledge and
    skills of non-disabled peers
  • To provide the services and supports needed for
    each child with disabilities to become a
    productive adult, contributing to the community

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Help Families Understand Effective Services
  • Special education
  • Specially designed instruction
  • Supplementary aids services for the student,
    teacher, other students
  • Related services
  • Transition to adult life services

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Help Families Understand Intersection of IDEA/NCLB
  • Expectations Standards for all
  • Inputs
  • Highly qualified teachers paraprofessionals
  • Effective instructional strategies
  • Needed supports
  • Parents as partners

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Help Families Understand Intersection of IDEA/NCLB
  • Measuring outcomes
  • Assessment system
  • Reports to parents
  • Adequate yearly progress
  • Schools/districts in need of improvement
  • Parent role in the improvement plan
  • Choice
  • Supplemental services

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Monitoring Progress
  • Build role for family in IEP progress monitoring
  • Help family understand ongoing reports
  • Tie progress monitoring to CCCS

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Monitoring Progress
  • Ensure special education parents are scheduled
    for regular parent-teacher conferences
  • Ensure that general educators participate!

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Measuring Progress
  • Discuss with families the value of participation
    in the regular assessment with accommodations
  • Children are taught what they are expected to know

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Measuring Progress
  • Develop parent guide to state assessment system,
    available accommodations, understanding
    reports translate disseminate to families

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Help families support learning at home
  • Share with families the core knowledge skills
    that are expected at each grade
  • Provide families information on how to foster
    that knowledge those skills at home

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Encourage families to
  • Read to with their child surround their child
    with literature
  • Talk with listen to their child ask their
    child questions be patient for the response!
  • Provide needed supports to complete homework..but
    dont do it for their child!

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Encourage families to
  • Monitor limit TV viewing computer game
    playing
  • Go to the library
  • Practice real-life skills related to learning
    (shopping, writing notes, reading signs, cooking,
    etc.)

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Help families support learning at home
  • Provide families with learning guides and
    pre-teaching guides that can help them
    introduce /or reinforce learning at home

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Help families support learning at home
  • Engage families in designing learning activity
    events scheduled at convenient times locations
    that bring families students together around
    literacy, math, science, social studies, etc.

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Encourage families to
  • Watch TV programs relevant to the curriculum.
  • Play games, work on puzzles, solve problems.
  • Participate in curriculum-related events at
    school.
  • Go places and see things.
  • Talk about careers.
  • Encourage curiosity.

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Our attitude is key
  • How we describe a childs present levels of
    performance
  • How we talk about standards and goals
  • How we discuss the assessment options
  • What we call our workshops
  • Developing an IEP for Achievement
  • NCLB, IDEA, Students with Disabilities
    Together We Can!

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National PTA Standards for Parent Involvement
  • Provide regular, two-way, and meaningful
    communication between school home.
  • Promote support parenting skills.
  • Help parents play a key role in their childs
    learning.

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National PTA Standards for Parent Involvement
  • Welcome parents in the school and seek their
    support assistance.
  • Enlist parents as full partners in
    decision-making about school improvement.
  • Use community resources to support schools,
    students, families.

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Steps toward inclusion
  • Inclusion is increasing but progress is slow. It
    will only become a reality when we strengthen
    partnerships for children by
  • Families and professionals sharing knowledge and
    ideas
  • Special and general educators cooperating and
    collaborating
  • Administrators sharing leadership and vision with
    their staff and with families
  • Each partner seeking first to understand, then to
    be understood
  • All of us truly believing that ALL CHILDREN
    BELONG AND CAN LEARN

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Your Next Steps
  • Where are you now?
  • What three steps will you take in the coming week
    to start improving family engagement and
    participation in your school?
  • Who will you work with?
  • How will you measure success?

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Resources to Enhance Family Engagement
  • National Coalition for Parent Involvement in
    Education http//www.ncpie.org/
  • Family Involvement Network of Educators
    http//www.gse.harvard.edu/hfrp/projects/fine.html
  • Center for Family Involvement in Schools
    http//www.rci.rutgers.edu/cfis/
  • Partnership for Family Involvement in Education
    http//www.edutopia.org/php/orgs.php?idORG_402884
  • National Network of Partnership Schools
    http//www.csos.jhu.edu/P2000/
  • National Parent Teacher Association
    http//www.pta.org/
  • Statewide Parent Advocacy Network www.spannj.org
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