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Published on February 17, 2014

Author: karilewinsohn

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10 Proven ideas for educators to improve parental involvement in special education.

Presented by Kari Lewinsohn April 9, 2010 MCEC conference

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.

Strategy #1 Create a mission statement for involving families.

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

Strategy #2 Evaluation Report Participation

Opportunities What parent can bring Medical records Early childhood background of child Parent’s view of strengths and educational needs

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

Strategy #3 Welcome Packets

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

Downloads Fact Sheets http://www.nichcy.org/Dis abilities/specific/Pages/de fault.aspx Special Education Guidebook http://www.pluk.org/Pubs/ MT_SPED_Handbook_2005 .pdf www.pluk.org

Strategy #4 IEP Participation

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.

IEP Form for parents Parents are asked to Share student strengths Express concerns But often aren’t prepared

Strategy #5 Transitions

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 child’s academic and functional achievement by taking into account the child’s individual needs in order to facilitate successful movement from school to post secondary activities (IDEA, 2007, p. 1).

Transitions 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. Steps Part C to B Preschool to Kindergarten Elementary to Middle School Middle School to High School High School to Graduation

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

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

School transitions K-8 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. Form Simple questionnaire one for parents and one for child: What’s working What are your hopes and dreams What hasn’t worked Programming needs Concerns

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

Strategy #6 Newsletters

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

Strategy #7 Website

Website Libby’s site http://www.libby.k12.mt.us/node/334 What to include to start with: Contact information Program offerings Resources Forms

Strategy #8 Parent Advocacy Groups

Parent Advocacy Groups Four major steps 1. 2. 3. 4. Establish regular meeting times Invite supportive parents first Establish goals for group Branch out to include other parents. PIRC http://www.montanapirc.org/

Parent advocacy groups Cautions Don’t start out to big. Provide child care and snacks Don’t meet to often Give parents opportunities to visit without school staff.

Strategy #9 Parent Training Opportunities

Parent Training Set up 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 Ideas Transition workshops Parenting Love and Logic Disability specific

Strategy #10 Curriculum and Program review committees

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

Libby’s 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.

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

Kari’s website ☺ www.educationhorsesense.net

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