Wisconsin Statewide Parent Educator Initiative Presented by: Evelyn Azbell  WSPEI Parent Coordinator for CESAs 9 & 12
Wisconsin Statewide Parent Educator Initiative <ul><li>is an Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Discretion...
WSPEI Supports <ul><li>Meaningful parent participation on IEP teams and in school advisory functions </li></ul><ul><li>Col...
WSPEI Supports <ul><li>Collaboration with the twelve Regional Cooperative Education Service Agencies (CESAs) </li></ul><ul...
WSPEI Staff <ul><li>WDPI Education Consultant </li></ul><ul><li>WSPEI State Coordinator </li></ul><ul><li>WSPEI CESA Paren...
WSPEI Services <ul><li>Parental IEP Support, Education and Training </li></ul><ul><li>Technical assistance and training on...
WSPEI Services <ul><li>Parent Education, Information, Training, and Support systems to meet the unique needs of the distri...
WSPEI Parents in Partnership <ul><li>is a four- or five-part leadership opportunity for parents, foster parents, or other ...
WSPEI YiPPE Program <ul><li>Youth in Partnership with Parents for Empowerment is the only known program in the country to ...
WSPEI 2011 -2012 Grant Goals <ul><li>WSPEI Personnel will provide direct support to school districts in collecting data fo...
WSPEI 2011 -2012 Grant Goals <ul><li>WSPEI personnel will provide direct support to school districts in designing and impl...
WSPEI Activities to Support Goals <ul><li>Direct support to school districts in collecting data for Indicator #8 – </li></...
WSPEI Activities to Support Goals <ul><li>Collaborate with LEAs, other statewide initiatives and agencies to increase fami...
WSPEI Activities to Support Goals <ul><li>Develop and disseminate scripts and materials to districts to be used statewide ...
Indicator 8 <ul><li>Indicator 8 is an improvement indicator for Parent Involvement and is part of the self assessment cycl...
Measurement Tool for Indicator 8 <ul><li>Indicator 8 is measured by a parent survey. Either the 6-21 year old parent invol...
Measurement Tool for Indicator 8 <ul><li>The question reads:  </li></ul><ul><li>“ The school explains what options parents...
Statewide District Performance Compared to Statewide Targets: * Targets were revised in 2009-10 to align with statewide tr...
Indicator 8 Timeline for Procedural Compliance Self-Assessment Districts From the WI DPI Special Education Team Indicator ...
Suggested Improvement Activities * Schools that give parents Procedural Safeguards documents with a label such as “Parent’...
Sample IEP Team Meeting Agenda <ul><li>Common understanding of how Team will spend time </li></ul><ul><li>Sets order </li>...
Seek out parent input by providing a format to prepare for the IEP Team meeting 2010
Seek out parent input by providing a format to make notes at the IEP Team meeting 2010
Parent Record File 2010
Internet Resources <ul><li>Find a  parent coordinator  who is in your school district or CESA at  http://www.dpi.wi.gov/sp...
More Internet Resources <ul><li>WSPEI:  http://www.dpi.wi.gov/sped/parent.html   </li></ul><ul><li>PIP and YiPPE:  http://...
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  • Implement and collect data on written work plans that include: strategies, activities and timelines based on the Indicator #8 data.   Collaborate with RSN Directors to provide information and technical assistance to districts and CESAs regarding family engagement Indicator 8 and specifically Q. 25.
  • An agenda for the IEP team meeting, provided to all participants including parents, has been shown to significantly decrease misunderstanding, improve communication and reduce the potential for conflict.
  • Giving the parent a one-page format to prepare information for sharing at the IEP team meeting invites participation and clarifies expectations.
  • Having a second one-page format for parents to use for taking notes at IEP team meetings helps the parent focus on important areas of the IEP that the team will discuss.
  • Put it all into a Parent Record File to show parents that you want to help them be equal team members.
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    1. 1. Wisconsin Statewide Parent Educator Initiative Presented by: Evelyn Azbell WSPEI Parent Coordinator for CESAs 9 & 12
    2. 2. Wisconsin Statewide Parent Educator Initiative <ul><li>is an Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Discretionary grant funded by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (WDPI). For the past eleven years WSPEI staff have been working to facilitate effective partnerships between parents and school districts through positive communication and collaboration. </li></ul>
    3. 3. WSPEI Supports <ul><li>Meaningful parent participation on IEP teams and in school advisory functions </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration among general education, special education, Title I, pupil services and other programs to welcome and involve families </li></ul>
    4. 4. WSPEI Supports <ul><li>Collaboration with the twelve Regional Cooperative Education Service Agencies (CESAs) </li></ul><ul><li>Information exchange and referral to other agencies </li></ul><ul><li>Alignment with and access to state and federal initiatives. </li></ul>
    5. 5. WSPEI Staff <ul><li>WDPI Education Consultant </li></ul><ul><li>WSPEI State Coordinator </li></ul><ul><li>WSPEI CESA Parent Coordinators </li></ul><ul><li>WSPEI District Parent Liaisons </li></ul>
    6. 6. WSPEI Services <ul><li>Parental IEP Support, Education and Training </li></ul><ul><li>Technical assistance and training on how to foster positive parent involvement </li></ul><ul><li>Consultation with district personnel on how to develop and/or support existing district parent organizations, Parent Advisory Council, Parent Resource Libraries </li></ul>
    7. 7. WSPEI Services <ul><li>Parent Education, Information, Training, and Support systems to meet the unique needs of the district </li></ul><ul><li>Resource dissemination and direct support to district staff and parents </li></ul><ul><li>Help districts meet the SPP Indicator #8 (Measurement of Parent Involvement) data requirements: including the parent survey process. </li></ul>
    8. 8. WSPEI Parents in Partnership <ul><li>is a four- or five-part leadership opportunity for parents, foster parents, or other care givers who have children, 6-14 years old, or youth 13-21 years old with special needs. Parents have the opportunity to develop leadership skills, support networks, and positive parent-professional partnerships. </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.dpi.wi.gov/sped/par_partn.html </li></ul>
    9. 9. WSPEI YiPPE Program <ul><li>Youth in Partnership with Parents for Empowerment is the only known program in the country to simultaneously train youth with disabilities, ages 15-20, in transition along with their parents. </li></ul><ul><li>In 5 weekend sessions throughout a school year they learn about effective self-advocacy, communication strategies, futures planning, and available resources for students in transition. </li></ul>
    10. 10. WSPEI 2011 -2012 Grant Goals <ul><li>WSPEI Personnel will provide direct support to school districts in collecting data for Indicator #8 to improve response rates. </li></ul><ul><li>Through a research based personnel development model, WSPEI personnel will collaborate with LEAs, other statewide initiatives and agencies to increase family engagement skills between parents and school personnel to increase effective and positive communication. </li></ul>
    11. 11. WSPEI 2011 -2012 Grant Goals <ul><li>WSPEI personnel will provide direct support to school districts in designing and implementing trainings, products, and procedures related to question 25 of the Parent Involvement Survey, with a specific focus on those districts in the 2011-2012 WDPI Procedural Compliance Self-Assessment . </li></ul>
    12. 12. WSPEI Activities to Support Goals <ul><li>Direct support to school districts in collecting data for Indicator #8 – </li></ul><ul><li>Assist districts to conduct parent surveys and facilitate the development and implementation of improvement plans related to Indicator #8 results. </li></ul><ul><li>Assist parents to access and complete the survey. </li></ul>
    13. 13. WSPEI Activities to Support Goals <ul><li>Collaborate with LEAs, other statewide initiatives and agencies to increase family engagement – </li></ul><ul><li>Provide additional trainings, technical assistance and professional development to districts staff in the area of Family Engagement. </li></ul>
    14. 14. WSPEI Activities to Support Goals <ul><li>Develop and disseminate scripts and materials to districts to be used statewide at the beginning of IEP meetings explaining the rights parents have if they disagree with a decision of the school. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop and disseminate standardized document to be included with initial placement determination agreement and the finalized IEP that explains the rights parents have if they disagree with a decision of the school. </li></ul>
    15. 15. Indicator 8 <ul><li>Indicator 8 is an improvement indicator for Parent Involvement and is part of the self assessment cycle. Indicator 8 reads, “Percent of parents with a child receiving special education services who report that schools facilitated parent involvement as a means of improving services and results for children with disabilities.” Indicator 8 is a sampling indicator. Districts are required to report on Indicator 8 once every five years. </li></ul><ul><li>From the WI DPI Special Education Team Indicator 8 Guide </li></ul>
    16. 16. Measurement Tool for Indicator 8 <ul><li>Indicator 8 is measured by a parent survey. Either the 6-21 year old parent involvement survey which has 25 questions, or the 3-5 year old parent involvement survey which has 22 questions. Each district is required to have a response rate of 20% or 6 responses, whichever number is greater. </li></ul><ul><li>From the WI DPI Special Education Team Indicator 8 Guide </li></ul>
    17. 17. Measurement Tool for Indicator 8 <ul><li>The question reads: </li></ul><ul><li>“ The school explains what options parents have if they disagree with a decision of the school.” </li></ul><ul><li>Parents who disagree with a decision of the school have the following dispute resolution options: </li></ul><ul><li>FacilitatedIEP/Mediation: h ttp://dpi.wi.gov/sped/wsems.html </li></ul><ul><li>IDEA Complaints: http://dpi.wi.gov/sped/complain.html </li></ul><ul><li>Due Process Hearing: http://dpi.wi.gov/sped/complain.html </li></ul><ul><li>From the WI DPI Special Education Team Indicator 8 Guide </li></ul>
    18. 18. Statewide District Performance Compared to Statewide Targets: * Targets were revised in 2009-10 to align with statewide trend data. Future targets: 2011-12 = 75.0%; 2012-13 = 77.5%. To view your district’s past performance, log onto the Special Education Web Portal and click on Indicator 8. https://www2.dpi.state.wi.us/seportal/Pages/SignIn.aspx From the WI DPI Special Education Team Indicator 8 Guide   2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 Target Baseline 72.30% 76.10% 79.90% *70.0% 72.5%
    19. 19. Indicator 8 Timeline for Procedural Compliance Self-Assessment Districts From the WI DPI Special Education Team Indicator 8 Guide   DPI LEA June 2011   District receives letter from DPI notifying them of upcoming Indicator 8 activities. February 2012 DPI selects random sample from LEA October 1 Child Count Roster. DPI emails LEA notice that student file is located in SPED Web Portal. DPI emails link to support materials located on a protected website. LEA accesses student file in SPED Web Portal. LEA enters student addresses on data source for mail merge letter and customizes electronic form letter with LEA name, number, phone numbers, and signature block and sends letters to parents of each student. April –June 2012 DPI sends LEA updates on response rate percentage. LEA is responsible for follow up activities with parents to ensure adequate response rate. May-June 2012 DPI contacts LEA monthly regarding response rates (until district meets minimum response rate of 20% or 6 respondents) Middle of June: Survey window closes. February 2013 State results are reported to OSEP in February for the previous year’s survey results. Shortly after, LEA is able to access parent survey data through SPED Web Portal under Reports. https://www2.dpi.state.wi.us/seportal/Pages/SignIn.aspx
    20. 20. Suggested Improvement Activities * Schools that give parents Procedural Safeguards documents with a label such as “Parent’s Rights” may encounter parents’ disagreement with items on the parent survey because the parent did not understand that “Parent’s Rights” is the same as procedural safeguards. From the WI DPI Special Education Team Indicator 8 Guide During IEP Meeting During Survey Labels to go on Procedural Safeguards* Review of Procedural Safeguards Communication Options for Families Encourage Families to Participate in Survey in Spring Letter to be sent with IEPs Computer Lab Set Up During Parent Conferences Letter w/extra copy of Safeguards Sent Prior to Survey Guidance Sent w/Survey Specific to Question 25 Script for School Staff to Assist Families with Survey Written/Phone Follow Up To Increase Response Rates
    21. 21. Sample IEP Team Meeting Agenda <ul><li>Common understanding of how Team will spend time </li></ul><ul><li>Sets order </li></ul><ul><li>Promotes equality </li></ul>2010
    22. 22. Seek out parent input by providing a format to prepare for the IEP Team meeting 2010
    23. 23. Seek out parent input by providing a format to make notes at the IEP Team meeting 2010
    24. 24. Parent Record File 2010
    25. 25. Internet Resources <ul><li>Find a parent coordinator who is in your school district or CESA at http://www.dpi.wi.gov/sped/par_liaisn.html </li></ul><ul><li>Find or develop training for parents or educators at http://www.dpi.wi.gov/sped/par_traing.html </li></ul><ul><li>Find or develop educational materials for parents or educators at http://www.dpi.wi.gov/sped/hmparents.html </li></ul>
    26. 26. More Internet Resources <ul><li>WSPEI: http://www.dpi.wi.gov/sped/parent.html </li></ul><ul><li>PIP and YiPPE: http://www.dpi.wi.gov/sped/par_partn.html </li></ul><ul><li>Additional Indicator 8 resources are available at: http://www.dpi.wi.gov/sped/spp-par-involvmt.html </li></ul><ul><li>WI DPI Media Catalog (webcasts): http://dpimedia.wi.gov/main/Catalog/catalogs/default.aspx </li></ul>

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