Notifying the School About a Bullying Incident—Using a Template Letter

What to do if you want to let the school know about a bullying incident Reprinted with permission from PACER Parents should contact school staff in writing each time their child informs them that he or she has been bullied. PACER Center has created three letters that parents may use as a guide for writing a letter Read More

Universal Design for Learning

What is Universal Design for Learning (UDL)? Currently, the focus of education is to prepare all students to be experts in their chosen fields of study, turning the early learner into a lifelong learner building on individual needs and strengths to accomplish this goal.  Universal Design for Learning (UDL) helps educators by providing academically structured Read More

Technology and the IEP

Introduction Assistive technology (AT) is redefining the possibilities of children and adults who have a wide range of cognitive and physical disabilities.  In the home, the classroom, workplace, and the community, AT enables individuals with disabilities to be more independent, self-confident, productive, and more included into a variety of settings. Assistive technology includes thousands of Read More

Surrogate Parents in Education

The role of the surrogate parent in education is to assure that a student in special education receives a free appropriate public education. The surrogate parent has the same rights and interests of the parent as defined through both state and federal regulations.  There are regulations governing the identification, qualifications, and appointment of surrogate parents.  Read More

Common Core Standard Initiative

The Common Core Standards (CCS) intent is to ensure all children have access to a high quality education in Math and the English Language Arts throughout the United States. Having common education standards can ensure parents, students, and educators know the academic focus and progress that is made from year to year. Each grade has Read More

What Are Your Rights and Responsibilities to an Appropriate Education for your Child with a Disability?

As the parent of a child who has disabilities, you have the right to: Expect a free, appropriate public education (F.A.P.E.) for your child. Refer your child for an evaluation for a 504 plan and/or for special education. Meet with the school district to decide whether or not to evaluate your child to determine if he Read More

What are Procedural Safeguards?

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires schools to provide the parents/guardians of a student who is eligible for or referred for special education with a notice containing a full explanation of the rights available to them. School districts must provide parents a copy of the Procedural Safeguards: At least once every school year. Read More

Steps To Take If Your Child Is Being Bullied At School

Reprinted with permission from PACER It is important that parents approach this situation in a calm manner and that parents keep records of facts in the situation. It is helpful if parents and school staff work together to resolve the issue. Parents can use the following steps to resolve the issue. Work with Your Child Thank Read More

My child has behavior problems in school. What should I do?

When the behavior of a student with an IEP gets in the way of his or her learning or that of others, the IEP team must develop behavior goals or a behavior plan. Behavior plans are not punitive. They are positive plans describing how the school will support positive behavior through instruction or changing the Read More