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Title: 10 Strategies for keeping families in the special education loop


1
10 Strategies for keeping families in the special
education loop
  • Presented by Kari Lewinsohn
  • April 9, 2010
  • MCEC conference

2
Goals
  • This course provides 10 strategies for
    administrators and teachers to keep all family
    members involved and participating in the special
    education process from referral to graduation.
    All strategies have been piloted with success and
    most are based upon specific research
    strategies.

3
Strategy 1
  • Create a mission statement for involving families.

4
Developing a mission
  • Ask
  • Purpose
  • What do the families need?
  • What are the strengths of our families?
  • By assessing the strengths and needs, school
    leaders can then tailor programs and
    opportunities that all families can access.

5
Strategy 2
  • Evaluation Report Participation

6
Opportunities
  • What parent can bring
  • Medical records
  • Early childhood background of child
  • Parents view of strengths and educational needs

7
Sample form
  • Send the form with the meeting notice.
  • Encourage parents to actively share from their
    reports throughout the evaluation report meeting.

8
Strategy 3
  • Welcome Packets

9
Welcome Packets
  • Plan
  • Contents
  • Provided to newly qualified families.
  • Share and discuss with family
  • Procedural safeguards
  • List of community and state resources, contact
    numbers
  • Fact sheet about disability
  • Special education guidebook

10
Downloads
  • Fact Sheets
  • Special Education Guidebook
  • http//www.nichcy.org/Disabilities/specific/Pages/
    default.aspx
  • http//www.pluk.org/Pubs/MT_SPED_Handbook_2005.pdf
  • www.pluk.org

11
Strategy 4
  • IEP Participation

12
IEP participation
  • IEP Participation by the family is a key
    component of the IDEA.
  • Parents bring a home perspective to the meeting
    that should be encouraged.

13
IEP Form for parents
  • Parents are asked to
  • Share student strengths
  • Express concerns
  • But often arent prepared

14
Strategy 5
  • Transitions

15
Transitions
  • According to 34 CFR 300.43 (a) 20 U.S.C.
    1401(34) of the Individuals with Disabilities
    Education Act, schools are to focus on improving
    a childs academic and functional achievement by
    taking into account the childs individual needs
    in order to facilitate successful movement from
    school to post secondary activities (IDEA, 2007,
    p. 1).

16
  • Transitions
  • Steps
  • Transitions are
  • Designed to promote a meaningful adult life and
    career .
  • Focused on what the child will need at the next
    level to be successful in the LRE.
  • Part C to B
  • Preschool to Kindergarten
  • Elementary to Middle School
  • Middle School to High School
  • High School to Graduation

17
Enlist parent and student input
  • Questionnaire
  • Resources
  • With invitation for transition meeting send home
  • fact sheet about the upcoming transition stage
  • Student and parent input interview
  • http//ruralinstitute.umt.edu/Transition/
  • Rural Institute with the University of Montana
    Transition project.

18
Early Childhood Transitions
  • Part C to B
  • Preschool to Kindergarten
  • Collaborate with birth to 3 agencies CDC and/or
    Early Head Start.
  • Parenting strategies key component
  • http//www.earlyliteracylearning.org/pgparents.php
  • Write IEP to build skills needed for inclusion in
    Kindergarten classroom (when possible)
  • Provide literacy and math strategies to parents
  • Transition with Kindergarten teacher.

19
School transitions
  • K-8
  • Form
  • Provide information concerning the next school
    stage.
  • Meet with staff from both schools.
  • Discuss programming needs and make a plan for the
    upcoming school year.
  • Simple questionnaire one for parents and one for
    child
  • Whats working
  • What are your hopes and dreams
  • What hasnt worked
  • Programming needs
  • Concerns

20
High School
  • Transitions Graduation
  • Resources
  • Transition planning in high school needs to
    include looking at post secondary life.
  • Critical to have student involved in these
    discussions!
  • Parent/ student questionnaire
  • Transition planning workbook
  • Vocational Rehab

21
Strategy 6
  • Newsletters

22
Newsletters
  • Send out every two months.
  • Parenting tips
  • Math/ Reading
  • Social Emotional
  • Events
  • Resources
  • Click for sample

23
Strategy 7
  • Website

24
Website
  • Libbys site
  • http//www.libby.k12.mt.us/node/334
  • What to include to start with
  • Contact information
  • Program offerings
  • Resources
  • Forms

25
Strategy 8
  • Parent Advocacy Groups

26
Parent Advocacy Groups
  • Four major steps
  • Establish regular meeting times
  • Invite supportive parents first
  • Establish goals for group
  • Branch out to include other parents.
  • PIRC
  • http//www.montanapirc.org/

27
Parent advocacy groups
  • Cautions
  • Dont start out to big.
  • Provide child care and snacks
  • Dont meet to often
  • Give parents opportunities to visit without
    school staff.

28
Strategy 9
  • Parent Training Opportunities

29
Parent Training
  • Set up
  • Ideas
  • Survey parents for topics
  • Examine case load for trends
  • Provide for a variety of times
  • Invite parents to attend staff trainings that are
    relevant.
  • Childcare is a bonus
  • Support for transportation
  • Transition workshops
  • Parenting
  • Love and Logic
  • Disability specific

30
Strategy 10
  • Curriculum and Program review committees

31
Curriculum and Program Review Committee
  • Periodically analyze current educational trends.
  • Create a committee of individuals with expertise
    in the special education areas to review.
  • Establish a mission statement
  • Survey staff and families
  • School staff review all relevant data
  • Create document
  • Open for community feedback
  • Finalize draft
  • Present to board
  • Make recommended changes

32
Libbys draft mission statement
  • Libby Public Schools will prepare all students
    with the necessary life skills to be contributing
    members of the community through self-advocacy
    and seeking out meaningful opportunities.

33
FLIGHT
No one soars to high who soars with his own wings.
  • Functional Academics
  • Leisure skills
  • Independence
  • Good communication
  • Home and Community
  • Transitions to adulthood

34
Karis website ?
  • www.educationhorsesense.net

35
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