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
participa...
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...
Strategy #2

Evaluation Report Participation
Opportunities
What parent can bring
Medical records
Early childhood background of child
Parent’s view of strengths and edu...
Sample form
•Send the form with

the meeting notice.
•Encourage parents

to actively share
from their reports
throughout t...
Strategy #3

Welcome Packets
Welcome Packets
Plan
Provided to newly qualified
families.
Share and discuss with family

Contents
Procedural safeguards
L...
Downloads
Fact Sheets
http://www.nichcy.org/Dis
abilities/specific/Pages/de
fault.aspx

Special Education Guidebook
http:/...
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 ...
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,
scho...
Transitions
Transitions are
Designed to promote a
meaningful adult life
and career .
Focused on what the
child will need a...
Enlist parent and student input
Questionnaire
With invitation for transition
meeting send home
fact sheet about the
upcomi...
Early Childhood Transitions
Part C to B
Collaborate with birth to 3
agencies: CDC and/or Early
Head Start.
Parenting strat...
School transitions
K-8
Provide information
concerning the next school
stage.
Meet with staff from both
schools.
Discuss pr...
High School
Transitions & Graduation
Transition planning in high
school needs to include
looking at post secondary life.
C...
Strategy #6
Newsletters
Newsletters
Send out every two months.
•Parenting tips
•Math/ Reading
•Social Emotional
•Events
•Resources

Click for samp...
Strategy #7
Website
Website
Libby’s site
http://www.libby.k12.mt.us/node/334
What to include to start with:
Contact information
Program offeri...
Strategy #8
Parent Advocacy Groups
Parent Advocacy Groups
Four major steps
1.
2.
3.
4.

Establish regular meeting times
Invite supportive parents first
Estab...
Parent advocacy groups
Cautions
Don’t start out to big.
Provide child care and
snacks
Don’t meet to often
Give parents opp...
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 parent...
Strategy #10
Curriculum and Program review committees
Curriculum and Program
Review Committee
Periodically analyze
current educational
trends.
Create a committee of
individuals...
Libby’s draft mission statement:
Libby Public Schools will prepare all students
with the necessary life skills to be
contr...
FLIGHT
•Functional Academics
•Leisure skills
•Independence
•Good communication
•Home and Community
•Transitions to adultho...
Kari’s website ☺

www.educationhorsesense.net
Thanks for
coming!
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10 strategies for keeping families in the special education loop (1) [compatibility mode]

  1. 1. Presented by Kari Lewinsohn April 9, 2010 MCEC conference
  2. 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. 3. Strategy #1 Create a mission statement for involving families.
  4. 4. 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.
  5. 5. Strategy #2 Evaluation Report Participation
  6. 6. Opportunities What parent can bring Medical records Early childhood background of child Parent’s view of strengths and educational needs
  7. 7. Sample form •Send the form with the meeting notice. •Encourage parents to actively share from their reports throughout the evaluation report meeting.
  8. 8. Strategy #3 Welcome Packets
  9. 9. 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
  10. 10. 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
  11. 11. Strategy #4 IEP Participation
  12. 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. 13. IEP Form for parents Parents are asked to Share student strengths Express concerns But often aren’t prepared
  14. 14. Strategy #5 Transitions
  15. 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 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).
  16. 16. 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
  17. 17. 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.
  18. 18. 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.
  19. 19. 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
  20. 20. 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
  21. 21. Strategy #6 Newsletters
  22. 22. Newsletters Send out every two months. •Parenting tips •Math/ Reading •Social Emotional •Events •Resources Click for sample
  23. 23. Strategy #7 Website
  24. 24. Website Libby’s site http://www.libby.k12.mt.us/node/334 What to include to start with: Contact information Program offerings Resources Forms
  25. 25. Strategy #8 Parent Advocacy Groups
  26. 26. 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/
  27. 27. 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.
  28. 28. Strategy #9 Parent Training Opportunities
  29. 29. 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
  30. 30. Strategy #10 Curriculum and Program review committees
  31. 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. 32. 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.
  33. 33. 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.
  34. 34. Kari’s website ☺ www.educationhorsesense.net
  35. 35. Thanks for coming!
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