Learn to be an effective advocate for your child.
WHO SHOULD JOIN -- AND WHY?
Information in this book:
Study group will be self-sustaining, and each group elects or preferably rotates a facilitator. There are no public or private sponsors. It is a safe and free environment to speak freely and share ideas. Some groups select passages of a chosen book for participants to read in advance of coming to a meeting to discuss together. Another helpful method is to have one participant select a short (often just a 2-3 sentence section of a book) as a spring board for discussion. Study questions have been developed for personal use if the group should choose to use them. Note: Facilitators should never be construed as teachers and should limit their involvement in accordance with the above. Wrightslaw, Pam Wright, or Pete Wright have not trained or authorized anyone to be a teacher of their work.
This depends on the level of interest among group participants. Popular meeting times and frequencies are monthly for a period of 1.5 hours.
No charge or fee is required for meetings, aside from optional donations towards meeting related expenses, such as renting a facility, etc. Members are responsible for purchasing their own text.
Group meets at Arthur F. Turner Community Library in West Sacramento, CA and Starbucks on Alhambra Blvd. at N Street, Sacramento, CA. Online formats are also considered (e.g., Google Groups, Google Hangouts, Linkedin, Facebook).
We are on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FETA.Sacramento
- Getting Started - Advocacy & Advocates, Master Plans, Project Managers
- Advocacy 101 - Rules of the Game, Obstacles to Success, Conflict, Crisis Management
- Parent as Expert - The File, Learning about Disability, Tests & Measurements, SMART IEPs
- Special Education Laws - IDEA, Section 504 and ADA, FERPA
- Tactics & Strategies - Rules of Adverse Assumptions, Image & Presentation, Letter Writing, Meeting Strategies
In "Getting Started," you will learn:
• Basic advocacy skills
• Supplies you need to get started
• How to develop a master plan for your child’s education
• How to act as your child’s special education project manager
In "Advocacy 101," you will learn about:
• Obstacles to success – school culture, myths, gatekeepers, and emotions
• Common causes of conflict
• Steps you can take to prevent or resolve problems
• Events that trigger parent-school crises
In "The Parent as Expert," you will learn:
• How to organize your child’s file, step by step
• How to use information from evaluations to understand your child’s disability
• How to use test scores to monitor and measure your child’s progress
• How to write SMART IEP goals and objectives
In "Special Education Law," you will learn about:
• Findings and purposes of the IDEA
• Definitions in the IDEA
• Extended school year (ESY), child find, least restrictive environment (LRE), private placements, statewide assessments
• Requirements for identifying children with specific learning disabilities - Discrepancy Formulas and Response to Intervention (RTI)
• Evaluations, eligibility, IEPs, and placement
• Prior written notice, procedural safeguards, mediation, due process hearings, appeals, discipline, and age of majority
• Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
• The No Child Left Behind Act and implications for children with disabilities
In "Tactics and Strategies," you will learn about:
• How to use logs, calendars, and journals to create paper trails
• How to write effective letters (includes sample letters)
• How to write a persuasive “Letter to the Stranger” (includes sample letters)
• How to use IEP worksheets, parent agendas, visual aids & graphs of progress or lack of progress
• Roles of experts; how to use an expert to help develop an appropriate educational program
• Pros and cons of recording meetings
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