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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.

Guiding Questions for Youth Exiting from High School

(2020, July) | Useful for Parent Centers, schools, youth, and families involved in transition planning and students exiting high school   This 15-page resource is designed to help youth with disabilities take steps to transition from high school to adult life. It speaks directly to youth, moving through secondary transition considerations step by step, including: […]

Webinar | 1-2-3 Captions

(2020, May) | Useful to Parent Centers and others creating videos and captioning them for accessibility. This webinar was hosted by the AEM Center (National Center on Accessible Educational Materials) on May 18, 2020. Its full title is: 1-2-3 Captions: Workflows for Creating Accessible Video. The 1-hour webinar (archived now) focuses on three workflows for […]

Virtual IEP Meeting Tip Sheets

Meetings to write, review, or revise a child’s IEP typically bring together a team of people who meet in person at least once a year. Now, because of coronavirus, school closures, and social distancing, IEP teams are meeting virtually, either in conference calls or via the Internet. This collection of tip sheets on planning for and participating in virtual meetings was developed collaboratively by six OSEP-funded technical assistance centers, and includes an infographic about virtual IEP meetings (available in English and Spanish); a sample agenda (also available in English and Spanish); technology tips for all participants; suggestions for hosting a virtual meeting; and tips for those participating in a virtual meeting. Read more about (and download) the tip sheets here.

Supporting Your Child’s Learning at Home During COVID-19

As schools across the country and around the world are closed in response to the outbreak of COVID-19, parents everywhere are searching for reliable, easy-to-understand resources to support their children’s learning at home. The IRIS Center has created a new module specifically for parents to address this urgent and growing need. Parents: Supporting Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic offers practical tools and easy-to-implement strategies to help clarify what is and what is not a parent’s role during school shutdowns; support their child’s learning at home; promote the child’s social and emotional well-being; and support the child if he or she has a disability. Read more about and connect with this learning module here.

Supporting Families with PBIS at Home

(2020, March 31) | Useful for sharing with families to support positive behavior. This 8-page brief speaks directly to parents about how to use positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) at home, an approach used in over 25,000 schools as a highly effective way to build children’s social-emotional-behavioral skills and reduce challenging behaviors. The publication […]

Video | A Tale of Two Conversations

A Tale of Two Conversations is a two-part video showing actors playing a parent of a child with a disability and a school administrator. The meeting was requested by the parent and takes place in the administrator’s office. Take One shows the parent and administrator talking about the child’s special education program. They are talking, but not listening. Their communication is unproductive. Take Two shows each person using more effective communication skills.

Both video conversations are available for viewing online at CADRE, as is a companion Study Guidethat looks more deeply into the effective communication skills shown in the second video. Read more about and access the resources here.

Taking the Alternate Assessment Does NOT Mean Education in a Separate Setting!

This 4-page Parent Brief from the TIES Center focuses on alternate assessments for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. As the brief’s title indicates, the fact that a student will be taking the alternative assessment does not mean that he or she then needs to be educated in a separate, non-inclusive setting. The brief reviews IDEA’s least restrictive environment (LRE) provisions and other legal provisions that support inclusion in the regular classroom. It also provides guidance to parents on what to say and stress in the IEP meeting. The brief closes with “Next Steps for Parents” and a short list of additional resources.

Download the brief and find out more about the TIES Center’s other materials for parents.

Speaking of IEPs…Two Modules from the IRIS Center

Our September issue of the Buzz from the Hub focuses on the variety of IEP resources that CPIR offers. In tandem with the Buzz, we are pleased to also spotlight two training modules from the IRIS Center on developing high-quality IEPs. The first is intended for IEP team members to use. (It’s also excellent to use in staff development and training.) The second online module is primarily designed for administrators and offers guidance on supporting the development and implementation of high-quality IEPs.

Both modules explicitly address the higher standard set for FAPE in the March 2019 Supreme Court ruling in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District. Access both modules here.

Best Practices for Accessible Social Media | Webinar

(2019) | Useful to Parent Center staff responsible for their center’s social media postings and activities. Educators are integrating social media into their professional learning routines, their daily communications, and their instructional practices. But how do we plan for variability in our social media followers? Learn easy tips for making your social media posts more […]

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