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Accelerating Learning for Students with Disabilities During COVID-19 and Beyond

COVID-19 shuttered school buildings and the impact on students will potentially be significant for years to come. While instructional loss will affect most students, it could have a disproportionate impact on students with disabilities and other historically marginalized populations, including students of color, students impacted by poverty, and English language learners. It’s critical that schools take immediate steps to address the issue of instructional loss and prevent students from falling further behind. This 26-page report from NCLD discusses promising practices for doing just that. It explores in some detail research-based approaches to accelerate learning; how to implement those approaches with success; and policy recommendations and actions at the state and federal levels. Read more about the report and download it here.

Strategies for Safely Reopening Elementary and Secondary Schools

(2021, February) | Useful for sharing with PTAs, families, community organizations involved in educational issues, and school leadership staff. COVID-19 Handbook, Volume 1: Strategies for Safely Reopening Elementary and Secondary Schools comes from the U.S. Department of Education. The 26-page handbook begins with a summary of CDC’s operational strategies and steps for safe school reopening. […]

Parent/Guardian Re-Entry Guide | 2020-2021

This draft parent reentry guide provides parents with support and resources to help navigate these unprecedented times of schooling during the pandemic. It presents an overview of the potential challenges that may present in the 2020-2021 school year and then addresses how to support students and families in the areas of social emotional learning, academic support at home, family culture and well-being, current operations, and health and safety concerns. It concludes with a large resource list for families.

Read more about what’s in the guide here, as well as where to access it.

Disproportionality in Special Education | IDEA Part B | Module 5

A training module series of the Center for Parent Information and Resources November 2020   IDEA 2004 takes a stand against significant disproportionality of students in particular racial or ethnic groups in special education. This training module explains what disproportionality is, which students are most often affected, and the consequences disproportionality can and does have, […]

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, octubre de 2020 Versión PDF | Versión en Word En inglés | In English Esta publicación breve viene de una Guía para Padres más amplia cuya enfoque es […]

Developing IEPs that Support Inclusive Education for Students with the Most Significant Cognitive Disabilities

This parent brief from the TIES Center focuses on developing Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) that support inclusive education for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. This is especially critical for students who participate in a state alternate assessment aligned to alternate academic achievement standards. The brief identifies specific ways in which the IEPs of students with the most significant cognitive disabilities can be written to support inclusion in the general education curriculum and, ideally, the general education classroom. Find out more about this brief, the TIES Center itself, and what other great materials it offers.

Requesting Prior Written Notice

There are times when you, as a parent, may want to communicate in writing with your child’s school about some problem or concern with your child’s education or well-being. Because the Parent’s Guide is so long, we decided it would be more convenient to our readers if each of the letters discussed in the guide was also available separately, to make reading and printing individual letters easier. This page presents a model letter or email you might write to request that the school provide you with prior written notice.

Confidencialidad y Acceso a los Expedientes de Su Niño

Actualizado, septiembre de 2020 Versión en PDF | Versión en Word En inglés | In English   IDEA y otras leyes federales protegen la confidencialidad de los expedientes educativos de su niño. Estas defensas tratan los siguientes tres temas: el uso de información para la identificación personal; quién puede tener acceso a los expedientes del […]

How Right Now Partner Toolkit

How Right Now is an initiative to address people’s feelings of grief, loss, and worry during the COVID-19 pandemic. It aims to increase people’s ability to adapt and be resilient during this time.

The initiative’s Partner Toolkit provides materials tailored for use with specific audiences and communities (people ages 65 and over; caregivers; people with pre-existing mental health or physical conditions; those experiencing violence; and those experiencing economic distress). Among the materials you’ll find in the toolkit are sharable graphics to promote the How Right Now initiative and website; graphics that illustrate simple ways to support emotional well-being; and a launch video featuring how people are coping during the pandemic. A Spanish version of the toolkit is available, too! Find out more here.

A Guide to Equity in Remote Learning

(2020) | Useful to educators, Parent Centers, and families of children with disabilities concerned with equity in education, especially in African American communities   This guide to equity in remote learning emerges from the ongoing webinar series Advancing Equity in an Era of Crisis, a collaborative effort of several professional organizations in California (e.g., California […]

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