By collaborating with her colleagues and carefully planning, Julie Saxe, a special educator from Yarmouth, Maine is able to facilitate her students’ participation in the first-grade spring concert. This is an event that some students might choose to avoid if they did not have the scaffolding in place to feel successful. Listen to Julie Saxe describe how she helps to provide “…the memories and positive experiences that school should be.”
PROGRESS Center Director Dr. Tessie Rose Bailey was recently featured in an Education Week article, Virtual IEP Meetings: A 6-Step Guide for Parents and Teachers. In the article she discusses the recently released series of tools developed in collaboration with five other OSEP TA Centers including the Center for Parent Information & Resources, National Center for Systemic Improvement, CADRE, Family Network on Disabilities, and WI FACETS.
This sample Virtual IEP agenda template and English and Spanish infographics are designed to support teams in conducting efficient IEP meetings. Although the resources are designed for a 60-minute meeting, teams can modify the word version to meet the team’s needs, meeting schedule, and teaming structure. The resources include suggested agenda items and times, sample meeting roles (e.g., timekeeper, facilitator), and possible meeting norms. To help facilitate revisions, a word version of the agenda is provided below.
This resource was developed through a collaboration between multiple OSEP funded centers in response to requests from state and local educational agencies and parents about how to hold and participate in virtual individualized education program (IEP) meetings. The resource includes technology tips, tips for hosting virtual meetings, and tips for participating in virtual IEP meetings. Additional infographics are available for participating in virtual meetings in English and Spanish.
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The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a federal law that requires each state to ensure that a free appropriate public education (FAPE) is available to all eligible children with disabilities residing in that state. The information in this booklet explains the provisions related to, and benefits available to, children with disabilities who are enrolled by their parents in private schools, including religious schools, when the provision of FAPE is not at issue.
The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) is issuing this guidance to provide charter schools, States, State educational agencies (SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), other public agencies, parents, and other stakeholders with information regarding the rights of children with disabilities attending charter schools and their parents under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA or Act).
This document is designed to help parents, students, and the charter school community better understand the rights of students with disabilities under Federal disability-related laws. This includes information about Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
This section from the Training Manual: Collaborative Problem Solving and Dispute Resolution in Special Education, focuses on communication skills which are essential for effective collaboration, including collaborating with parents and families within the development and implementation of high-quality educational programming. This section of the training manual covers types of communication, receiving information, sharing information, and barriers to effective communication.