Tip #26: Parents: You have a voice and a critical decision-making role throughout the whole special education process. You know your child best–be sure to ask questions and never stop advocating for your child in a professional, productive way.
Special education advocates are available for hire to help families navigate IEP meetings and processes.
A student’s success could come down to something as simple as his or her class schedule. This video describes how to put students with special needs first when creating class schedules to create a productive and successful day for all students.
Hear from teachers about the value of having a co-teacher, and how to ensure your relationship with each other and the students is a successful one.
Watch this video to learn more about the Maryland Assistive Technology Network (MATN).
After reviewing your Prior Written Notice or other documents, call the Parents’ Place of Maryland or your Local Family Support Coordinator with any questions. Ask about language you don’t understand and discuss different options. They can help prepare you for upcoming meetings.
Link to an online course about accessible educational materials.
Review any recommendations made in the evaluation reports. This information can give you an idea of the goals and objectives to address and to spark questions. Feel free to ask questions about why a recommendation may not be incorporated into a goal or objective
A paraeducator’s role in the classroom typically involves providing extra support during a teacher’s instruction to allow students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) to participate in general education lessons.
One way a child’s teacher can help families feel more at ease and make the first IEP meeting as successful as possible is to provide families with a handout that defines IEP terminology and acronyms.