Evaluations Part 1: First Step for Special Education

How to Request Evaluations: If your child is struggling in school and might have a disability, you can request an evaluation to see if your child qualifies for special education programming. Evaluations can be requested by a parent/guardian, a teacher or an administrator. The evaluation will determine whether the student’s education is being impacted by an impairment that might be physical or mental. An evaluation will look for difficulties in all areas Read More

Q&A – Should the Whole Team be Present for an IEP?

Amending the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Q: My son’s special education teacher informed me she wants to have a meeting to amend his Individualized Education Program (IEP). It is not time for his annual review, but he has met some goals and objectives and she would like to change them. Do you think this is a Read More

Inclusion Vs. Self-Contained Opportunities for Students in School

Debate continues even today on whether students should be educated in inclusive programs or self-contained programs. When looking at the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the law never uses the word “inclusion,” instead the law refers to “Least Restrictive Environment” or LRE. For some students LRE cannot be achieved in a fully “inclusive” classroom. Read More

How do I prepare for my IEP? What should you bring?

Preparing for a new school year brings with it much in the way of planning. We want to be sure we have new clothes and shoes for the kids, that we have gotten all the supplies on the school/class list, and have gotten our kids to begin back on their school year routines for bed Read More

Time to Get Ready for the New School Year

By Louis Mendoza Father’s Network Learn about Father’s Network by clicking on http://fathersnetwork.org/ The new school year is just around the corner and now is a good time to start getting ready. The new school year may mean a new teacher, classroom, school or just returning to the structure of a school day.  Taking some time Read More