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National Assessment of IDEA | Comments, Please!

The Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education (ED) has announced its proposal to collect information to determine how states, districts, and schools are identifying and supporting children and youth with disabilities. The study is one component of a Congressionally-mandated National Assessment of IDEA.

Purpose? To develop an up-to-date national picture of how states, districts, and schools are implementing IDEA in order to provide ED, Congress, and other stakeholders with knowledge that can inform the next reauthorization of IDEA and, ultimately, how services are provided to children.

The comment period ends June 14, 2019. Read more about the Department’s proposed plan, download a PDF of the plan, and find out where to submit your comments.

Understanding ESSA: A Parents’ Guide to the Nation’s Landmark Education Law

(2018, August) | Useful to Parent Centers for sharing with the families they serve, to better parental understanding of ESSA and their role in advocating for how it is implemented in their state. This 19-page Parents’ Guide to ESSA comes from the U.S. Department of Education with the stated purpose of helping parents understand the […]

5 Steps to Working with Your School Board

(2019, April) | Useful to Parent Centers and others for sharing with families with school-aged children, with or without disabilities. According to this article from Great Schools, it may be time to go to a school board meeting. The article discusses how to work with your local school board — the people who can make […]

15 Rights Parents Have in Public Schools

(2019, March) | Useful to Parent Centers and the families they serve Is it legal for a teacher to spank your child? Do immigrants have the right to a free public school education? Finding answers to these and other loaded questions about your rights and your children’s rights in U.S. public schools isn’t obvious. This […]

Finding the Data

Education data are critical to understanding whether or not America’s children are getting the education they deserve and the education that will prepare them to be successful. Transparency in education data can help stakeholders celebrate well-deserved school successes and inform conversations about efforts to improve our schools.

Finding the Data : A State-by-State Assessment of Education Data Transparency provides a systematic and deeper understanding of how state education agencies compare across a set of 3 broad dimensions of education transparency: accessibility and access, quality, and disaggregation for key student groups. Parents, advocacy organizations, researchers, and other stakeholders need this information to understand the performance and quality of schools in their state.

Read more about the report and access it here.

Support the Sexual Health of Young People Experiencing I/DD

Support the Sexual Health of Young People Experiencing I/DD The Sexual Health Equity for Individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (SHEIDD) Project provides this preliminary resource list of no-cost resources for supporting young people with I/DD in sexual health education and support.

The Science of Motivation and Its Implications

What’s the best way to motivate children? The motivation to learn about the world around us begins in infancy. This motivation can either be encouraged or suppressed by the experiences adults provide for children. Psychological research points to a set of promising approaches that parents and practitioners can use to promote positive motivation and learning during development.

The Center on the Developing Child offers several resources on the science of motivation that parents, schools, and policy makers will find both interesting and useful. You may want to start with Five Facts About Motivation That Are Often Misunderstood, then move on to How to Motivate Children: Science-Based Approaches for Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers. There’s even an interactive graphic that will show you the brain regions involved in motivation and how they work together.

Access these (and additional) resources here.

Independent Living Connections

Resources updated, March 2019 Independent living is about life, isn’t it? It’s about choice, seeing to your own affairs, and pursuing your talents, interests, passions, and selfhood as independently as possible. We all would like to see our young people grow to adulthood and find their place in the world, doing for themselves to the […]

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