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Family Involvement

Publisher: 
The Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation
Published: 
Mar 2015

This document, published by The Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation, helps us und

Publisher: 
The National Center on Dispute Resolution in Special Education
Published: 
Jan 2015

The Quick Guide to Special Education Dispute Resolution Processes for Parents of Children & Youth (Ages 3-21), available in both

Negotiation, By Steve Taylor

This article, originally prepared in 1979 and republished in 2000, is still very relevant to the work that families, self-advocates, and systems-change leaders engage in on a daily basis. Enjoy, and please take a moment to learn more about the author at the end of this blog post. Negotiation, By Steven J. Taylor Short-term/Long-term You can use negotiations to work for either short-term or long-term change. Short-term change usually means helping one or a small number of people without radicallyRead more
When designed individually and implemented effectively, the Individualized Education Program (IEP) is an important tool that helps assure a student's success in education. PEAK is excited to share Part Two of this three-part series, Making the IEP Work for You, where we explore key components of the IEP including: Evaluation (Part One), How Families Can Get The Most Out of This Valuable Tool (Part Two), and Progress Monitoring (Part Three)! If you missed Part One on Evaluation, you can accessRead more
We are delighted to share these interesting insights from long-time PEAK colleague Emma Van der Klift. When we first read the title, we wondered exactly how much hostage negotiators and parents/advocates really could have in common. But, in fact many of the skill sets are very much the same! Respect, listening, and relationship building are skills parents need to work successfully with school IEP teams. We hope you enjoy this great read, and that it makes you think of waysRead more

It's Not Too Early To Think About Next Year

Now that your student's teachers, paraprofessionals, and related service personnel are getting to know the learning styles and strengths of your son or daughter, it's time to move on and think about next year. Families and educators work hard in the spring creating IEPs, but often forget to tell next year's team ways the student was successful. This spring parents should urge their child's team to record what works for their student. Often, this is the last thing families andRead more
Publisher: 
Regional Parent Technical Assistance Centers
Published: 
Jan 2009

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that each State establish and maintain an advisory panel for the purpose of advising the State special education staff regarding

Effective Communication – It's Key!

As we approach situations when we need to advocate, it's important to consider strategies that will help to make things as successful and smooth as possible for all parties involved. Communication is essential and effective communication, like any skill, takes practice. Here are the key components of effective communication skills, taken from Marshall Rosenberg's book, Non-Violent Communication. Be a Good Listener Don't plan your response while the other person is talking. Instead, focus your attention on trying to understand theRead more

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