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PEAK's 2015 Conference on Inclusive Education was a huge success, and two of PEAK's Parent Advisors, Shirley Swope and Missy Sieders, had the following lessons and reflections to share with you! Lessons and reflections from Missy Sieders There are so many things I love about working as a Parent Advisor at PEAK. Talking with parents and helping families advocate for their children so they can realize their dreams despite the challenges they face is very rewarding. Seeing the "A-ha’s," onRead more

Highlights from PEAK's 2015 Conference on Inclusive Education

PEAK’s 2015 Conference on Inclusive Education: Inclusion – A Road Worth Taking was once again a SOLD OUT show, and was a wonderful experience for all of our attendees and presenters! PEAK was honored to have keynote presentations from Sue Swenson , Lydia Brown , Paula Kluth , and Hasan Davis , in addition to workshops and breakout sessions presented by experts in the fields of inclusive and evidence-based education! If you weren’t able to join us in 2015, weRead more

Announcing PEAK’s Brand New Shift Project!

Shift! Transition To a Future of New Possibilities By Beth Schaffner Assuring productive, fulfilling lives as adults is the ultimate goal of schooling for any student. Schooling is preparation for life, and schools, along with families and communities, are charged with seeing that young people are prepared...for life! Families of children with disabilities move with our students through school and find there is a lot of extra, hard work to be done. But, we still remain engaged, learn everything weRead more

Questioning Removal, Rejection and Exclusion

By Guest Author Paula Kluth This article is from the website of Dr. Paula Kluth. It, along with many others on inclusive schooling, differentiated instruction, and literacy can be found at www.PaulaKluth.com . Visit now to read her Tip of the Day, read dozens of free articles, and learn more about supporting diverse learners in K-12 classrooms! I was visiting an elementary school when I passed a little boy sitting on the floor in the hallway crying and sucking onRead more

Teaching Real Life Functional Skills

By Guest Author Mary Schuh Close your eyes for a moment and think about the most important skills you use to navigate through your day. What comes to mind? Is it the way you neatly make your bed? Cross the street? Provide the correct change when you purchase your morning coffee? Answer "yes" or "no" to basic questions asked of you? Or perhaps getting yourself dressed or using the microwave to heat up your lunch? I'm doubtful these are theRead more
By Emily A. Nusbaum, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Julie Maier, San Francisco State University, and Jeanne M. Rodriguez, California State University, East Bay Note: This article has been adapted from its original version. The design and implementation of an effective and meaningful educational program depends on which lens team members use to a view a student. If a deficit lens is used, the team will likely design a program and goals that limit a student's learning opportunities, accessRead more

Writing an Inclusive Individualized Education Plan (IEP)

By Guest Authors: Christi Kasa and Julie Causton-Theoharis The development of the IEP is a critical step that a student's team takes to communicate goals and share strategies that will support the student to reach those goals. Careful planning of the IEP meeting is essential when designing the services needed to support the child successfully. The team should take time when planning for the IEP to listen and learn from each other. When the team is focused on planning forRead more

A New Generation is Ready to Lead

Editorial Column from Guest Author Michael Bailey PEAK Parent Center has, for a generation, empowered families to participate fully in special education advocacy. The lessons of family integration and full inclusion have not been lost on the children who have benefited from the advocacy of those families. A new generation of people with disability pride and high expectations is the result. "Nothing about us without us," is far more to these young people than just a slogan. It is aRead more

High School Inclusion is Easier!

By Guest Author: Christi Kasa "Inclusion is too hard in high school." "We can include him now, but it will become too difficult in high school." Many involved in inclusive education share ideas such as these when thinking about how inclusion will proceed as students with disabilities enter high school. As a high school inclusion facilitator, researcher, and educational consultant, I have found that when designing successful inclusion for students with disabilities, it is actually easier to implement inclusive practicesRead more
Publisher: 
PEAK Parent Center
Published: 
Mar 2012

The Individualized Education Program (IEP) process can sometimes feel like a daunting and overwhelming process.

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