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Getting Ready for the 2021-22 School Year: FAQs about Testing Children with Disabilities

The 2020-21 school year was an unprecedented year with many districts implementing virtual learning, and with some districts moving back and forth between in-person and distance learning. Now, as children return to school in Fall 2021, it is critical that states and districts gather information on what children with disabilities have learned and where they need more support to meet standards-based learning goals. With this information, educators can make changes to current programs and to instruction to address children’s needs. Both formal and informal tests are important tools for gathering information.

This brief from NCEO answers frequently asked questions about whether (and how!) to test children with disabilities. The FAQ notes in particular that individualized education program (IEP) teams may need to revisit a child’s IEP before making test participation decisions. IEPs written before the COVID-19 pandemic may no longer address an individual child’s needs after the pandemic. For a list of the FAQs posed and to connect with the brief, read more here.

Parent and Caregiver Guide to Special Education Evaluations

(2021, July) | Useful to Parent Centers, schools, and families of children who have or are suspected of having a specific learning disability This guide (available in English and Spanish) comes from the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) and offers guidance to schools and families as to evaluating children for disability and especially for […]

Cómo Solicitar una Notificación Previa por Escrito

De nuestra serie de cartas ejemplares… porque de vez en cuando necesita comunicarse con el personal de la escuela concerniente a la educación de su hijo. Actualizado, agosto de 2021 Versión PDF | Versión en Word En inglés | In English Esta publicación breve viene de una Guía para Padres más amplia cuya enfoque es […]

Preschool Inclusion Series | Videos

(2019) | (Available in English and Spanish) The SpecialQuest Multimedia Training Library includes early childhood inclusion training resources. The videos and training sessions support high-quality inclusion of preschoolers (ages 3 to 5) in early care and education settings that are responsive to the priority and concerns of families. The target audiences are early childhood professional development […]

Roadmap to Safely Reopening Institutions of Higher Education

The Department of Education adds Volume 3 to its ED COVID Handbook series, this time focusing on Strategies for Safe Operation and Addressing the Impact of COVID-19 on Higher Education Students, Faculty, and Staff.

The 54-page volume highlights key areas of concern and discuss strategies for addressing those areas, such as safe practices for in-person learning, broadband and device access, basic needs supports for students, and available federal funding and flexibilities.

Read more about and access Volume 3 here, as well as connect with Volumes 1 and 2 and CPIR’s short summary briefs of those volumes.

Right to Receive a Complete Explanation of IDEA’s Procedural Safeguards

At least one time a year, the parents of a child with a disability must receive from the school system a complete explanation of all the procedural safeguards available to them, as parents, under IDEA. This explanation is called the “Procedural Safeguards Notice.” In this page, we’ll examine the purpose and contents of this notice, the times that parents will receive it, and other aspects of this important safeguard.

Native Land Acknowledgment: The Why and How for Parent Centers

Our country exists in a time of deep social turmoil and racial tension. People ask: How can we close this divide? How can we be more inclusive? This brief discusses an action that can be taken easily, an act that models positive outreach to and respect for three populations: American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians.

Supporting Our Youngest Learners: What We Know About Equity in Early Intervention

Early intervention is the key to setting very young children with delays and disabilities on a path to long-term success. Yet children of color face barriers to accessing these services.

There are several strategies states can use to address systemic racial inequities in the health and education systems in which early intervention services take place. In this 16-page report, The Education Trust identifies the strengths of state approaches and opportunities for increasing equity in providing early intervention services. There’s also a 5-page Executive Summary available.

Find out more about and access the report and Executive Summary.

Discapacidades Específicas del Aprendizaje

Recursos actualizados, junio de 2021 En inglés | In English Ver hojas informativas sobre otras discapacidades En Esta Publicación La historia de Sara (Seguir desplazándose) ¿Qué son…? (Seguir desplazándose) ¿Con qué frecuencia ocurren…? ¿Cuáles son las señales…? ¿Y la escuela? Consejos para padres Consejos para maestros Recursos y organizaciones La Historia de Sara Cuando […]

Supporting Students with the Most Intensive Needs | Videos

These three videos highlight key resources available to support families of students with the most intensive needs at home and as they transition to and from in-school services during the COVID-19 pandemic. The videos speak directly to parents and recommend that parents share the videos (and the highlighted resources) with the team of educators and other professionals working with their child.

Multiple TA&D Centers worked collaboratively to identify these resources and to create the videos that focus on addressing the academic needs, communication needs, and the behavior, transition, and mental health needs of students with significant disabilities. Watch the videos, and find out who the collaborating TA&D Centers were, what resources they have available, and strategies that both educators and parents can use to improve the learning of their children with disabilities.

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