10 Basic Steps in Special Education

September 2010 PDF version In Spanish | en español Children can have all sorts of difficulties growing up. Sometimes problems are obvious right from the start; and sometimes they don't appear until a child is in school. Some children have trouble learning to read or write. Others have a hard time remembering new information. Still others may have trouble with their behavior. For some children, growing up can be very hard to do! When a child is … [Read more...]

Five Options, 1-2-3

September 2012 This information in Spanish | Esta información en español There are times when parents and schools simply do not agree on some issue affecting a child's education. They may try informal approaches to resolving the conflict, such as reviewing and revising the child's IEP or holding a facilitated IEP meeting (an approach emerging in the field). When these don't result in agreement on what represents an appropriate education for … [Read more...]

Informal Approaches to Resolving Disputes

September 2012In all cases where the family and school disagree, it is important for both sides to first discuss their concerns and try to compromise. There are several, relatively informal ways in which parents and school staff might attempt to work out disagreements regarding a child’s special education program. Two of these are to:Review the child’s IEPHold a facilitated IEP meetingThis resource page will tell you a bit more about each of these … [Read more...]

Module 1: Top 10 Basics of Special Education

by Lisa Küpper, NICHCY July 2007 ** Este módulo está disponible en español: Los 10 Datos Principales Acerca de la Educación Especial Module 1 welcomes everyone to IDEA. With these training materials, you can learn about and give trainings that include: a quick overview to the 10 major steps in special education (three of which are evaluation, eligibility, and writing the IEP); and the top 5 acronyms used in special education (IDEA, … [Read more...]

Module 14: Meetings of the IEP Team

 Alert! Alert!  Because NICHCY's website will only remain online until September 30, 2014, most of its rich content has moved to a new home, the Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR), where it will remain available. The new address of Module 14, Meetings of the IEP Team, at the CPIR is: http://www.parentcenterhub.org/repository/partb-module14/ by Lisa Küpper NICHCY | National Dissemination Center for Children with DisabilitiesMay … [Read more...]

Six things you might not know about IEPs

By Elaine Mulligan National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) It’s time to start a new school year, and that means familiarizing yourself with the IEPs of your students with disabilities. For most teachers, that means checking out each student’s learning goals for the year and, if appropriate, the accommodations the student needs in the classroom. But there’s so much more to the IEP! Here are six aspects of the … [Read more...]

Individualized Education Programs: Legal Requirements and Research Findings

September 2013Read the article (PDF)About this ArticleThe individual education program (IEP) is of critical importance to educators, parents, and students. Through the IEP process school-based teams (a) assess the educational needs of a student, (b) develop meaningful and measurable goals that direct the student's program, (c) develop and implement a program of special education and related services, and (d) monitor the student's progress toward his … [Read more...]

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