About Special Education

Learn about the special education process and your role as a parent in this process.

Two Asian parents cradle their baby and look lovingly at him. IFSP meeting

What Should I Prepare for My Child’s IFSP Meeting?

Make the most of your annual IFSP meeting. Be ready to discuss your family’s everyday routines and activities, how your child and your family function within those routines and activities, and your concerns and priorities.

Two parents sit together in a kitchen reviewing paperwork, like an evaluation report

Steps to Take After Receiving Your Child’s Evaluation Report

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 paraeducators works one-on-one instruction with a child sitting at a bright yellow table

How Paraeducators Help Students and Teachers

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.

Screenshot of a downloadable handout defining IFSP and IEP terminology

Defining IEP Terminology: A Handout for Families

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.

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Requesting an Evaluation for Special Education Services for Your Child

If you wish to request an evaluation for your child, you must send a written request to the child’s principal or local special education administrator. If you need assistance writing a request for evaluation for your child, Maryland Learning Links has drafted a template for your reference.

Marcella E. Franczkowski smiling at a baby held by another woman at the 2018 Garrett County We C.A.R.E. event.

Garrett County’s We C.A.R.E. Event – April 5, 2018

Marcella E. Franczkowski, Assistant State Superintendent for the Division of Special Education and Early Intervention Services at the Maryland State Department of Education, presented the opening guest speech at Garrett County Public Schools’ third annual “We C.A.R.E” event on April 5.

BUZzzz – Be United in the Zone for Learning, Family Engagement, and Data-Informed Decision Making

Both the United States and the state of Maryland have made important shifts in how they conduct business for students with disabilities. Until now, the U.S. Department of Education’s primary focus has been to determine whether states were meeting procedural requirements for students with disabilities.  The requirements included timelines for evaluations, due process hearings and […]