This handout has been designed to support OSEP’s 16-page Dear Colleague Letter on Supporting Behavior of Students with Disabilities, released on August 1, 2016. OSEP also released a 2-page summary of that letter for stakeholders. We’ve taken the liberty of pulling out key terms and topics mentioned by OSEP and linking them to resources that Parent Centers can use to:
- find quick answers for families about providing positive behavioral supports (PBS) to students with disabilities; and
- build the Center’s capacity to respond to questions on important topics related to PBS, IDEA’s discipline provisions, and more.
The first alphabetical list below features terms and topics mentioned by OSEP in its Dear Colleague letter. The second alphabetical list focuses on terms and topics generally associated with behavior or school discipline issues. And last but not least, the final section of this page connects you with many of the resources shared by OSEP in its full, 16-page Dear Colleague letter.
Alphabetical List of Key Terms and Topics Mentioned by OSEP
Authority of school personnel to take disciplinary action upon student violation of code of conduct (School’s general authority)
Disciplinary removals (What are they?) | Are services provided during disciplinary removals?
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Alphabetical List of Other Terms and Topics Related to Behavior and School Discipline
Resources Shared by OSEP in Its Dear Colleague Letter
Supporting and Responding to Behavior: Evidence-based Classroom Strategies for Teachers | A document summarizing evidence-based, proactive, and responsive classroom behavior support and intervention strategies for teachers.
Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports: Implementation Blueprint and Self-Assessment | A guide to develop local capacity for sustainable, culturally and contextually relevant, and high-fidelity implementation of multi-tiered practices and systems of support.
2014 School Discipline Guidance Package | Guidance on how public elementary and secondary schools can meet their legal obligations to administer discipline without discriminating on the basis of race, color or national origin and a set of guiding principles to assist communities in improving school climate and school discipline.
Rethinking Discipline | Section of OSEP’s website under School Climate and Discipline, with multiple resources.
Guiding Principles: A Resource Guide for Improving School Climate and Discipline | Also from the Department of Education, designed to assist states, school districts, charter school operators, school staff, parents, students, and other stakeholders who are seeking to develop school climate and school discipline policies and practices that are both locally tailored and grounded in recognized promising practices and research.
Questions and Answers on IDEA Part B Dispute Resolution Procedures | Revised July 2013 (OSEP Memo 13-08)