Parent Coordination SHOUT OUT!

August 2018

Parent Coordination Network

The Parent Coordination Network is committed to ensuring that parents of students with disabilities receive accurate and timely information to assist in making informed choices in their children's education.

Postsecondary Transition Tips!

It's never too early to talk about transition, so it seems only fitting to kick-off the school year by highlighting these transition resources from Region 11 Education Service Center's Texas Transition Network.

Parents are an important member of the ARD Committee and have a fundamental role in helping students during the transition process. To assist parents in developing capacity in these areas, the following training modules have been specifically designed. There is no cost, but registration is required at Current titles are:

The July 2018 update of the Texas Transition Guide can be downloaded here. You may also access this webpage, where this online resource guide is continually updated as information becomes available, with a revised Spanish version coming soon!

Supported Decision-Making

Effective September 1, 2018, transition planning for students must address 1) the use and availability of appropriate opportunities to assist the student in developing decision-making skills and 2) supports and services that foster the student's independence and self-determination, including a supported decision-making agreement. To facilitate a deeper knowledge of these topics, a few of Disability Rights Texas' resources are featured below.

* Understanding Supported Decision Making

* An Easy-to-Follow Guide on Supported Decision-Making Agreements

* Sample Supported Decision-Making Agreement

* The Right to Make Choices: A Supported Decision-Making Toolkit for People with Disabilities and Their Supporters

SpedTex Videos

Be more informed and prepared for your child's next ARD meeting. Check out the new Video ARD Guide and other videos like these from SpedTex!

Region 20 ESC's Parent Resources

Looking for parent resources for both special and general education? Check out this recently updated Parent Resources page from Region 20 ESC! From A-Z, a sampling of topic areas include behavior, child development and parenting, college and career, financial aid and financial literacy, mental health, parent involvement, and reading and writing. Many resources are also available in Spanish.

Learn More About Your Child's STAAR Score

Did you miss this jewel of a resource at the end of last school year? Well - it's back just for you! This portal provides parents with quick access to their student’s STAAR results, year-over-year growth information, individual student responses to actual test items, and even details like the student expectations covered by the items and wrong answer rationales.

Click here to learn more about your child's STAAR score!

Click the link below to understand the STAAR report card!


Favorite Books for Kids with Learning and Attention Issues

As published by Reading Rockets

Discover what kinds of books are especially popular with children who struggle with reading. The recommended books are based on a Reading Rockets survey of parents and educators of children with learning and attention issues, including dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, and autism spectrum disorder.

Tips for Supporting Reading Skills at Home

What Works Clearinghouse provides information needed to make evidence-based decisions. Focus on the results from high-quality research helps educators and parents answer the question, "What works in education?"

Take a look at this research-based document that provides Tips for Supporting Reading Skills at Home. These four tips will help build skills, specifically for K-3rd grade students.

1 - Have conversations before, during, and after reading together.

2 - Help children learn how to break sentences into works and words into syllables

3 - Help children sound out words smoothly

4 - Model reading fluently by practicing reading aloud with your child.

FREE Autism Distance Education Parent Training

The Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, in conjunction with the UC Davis MIND Institute, has produced the Autism Distance Education Parent Training (ADEPT). This is a 10-lesson interactive, self-paced, online learning module provides parents with tools and training to more effectively teach functional skills to their child with autism and other related neurodevelopmental disorders. Each section has forms and checklists to ensure fidelity of implementation and data collection. Click here to view the modules in either English or Spanish.

Plan now to attend the 2018 Statewide Parental Involvement Conference

Presented by the Title I, Part A Parent and Family Engagement Statewide Initiative

December 6-8, 2018

Frisco Embassy Suites & Convention Center

Tammy Pearcy, Assistant State Director of Special Education at the Texas Education Agency, will host a feature session dedicated to an overview and update on the progress of the Special Education Strategic Plan and accompanying corrective actions.

There will also be a group of Special Education break-out sessions covering best practices and practical strategies for parents, parent organization representatives, and educators. A collection of sessions will be either presented or translated in Spanish.

For more information, visit the event website or check out the registration brochure in the downloadable file below.

The Parent and Family Engagement Connection

As prepared by Region 16's Title I, Part A Parent and Family Engagement Statewide Initiative

The September 2018 issue includes articles about ESSA and building capacity, tips for successful parent-teacher conferences, at-home learning, and helpful back-to-school strategies. Read it here in English or Spanish or tab through the multitude of resources on the Title 1, Part A Parent and Family Engagement Statewide Initiative website.

Partners Resource Network

Partners Resource Network is a non-profit agency that operates the federally funded Texas Parent Training and Information Centers - PATH, PEN & TEAM. All of the projects share the common purpose of empowering parents of children and youth with disabilities in their roles as parents, decision makers, and advocates for their children.

Parenting Special Needs: Setting our Children up for a Great School Year

Parenting Special Needs is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of families who have a child with challenges that are associated with special needs. Their magazine has been a trusted guide for parents of children with special needs for almost a decade. Click here to read the back-to-school issue.

Off to a Good Start! Back-to-School Checklist

as published by WrightsLaw

You are your child's case manager - informed and in control. Get your "to-do" list for a positive school start. Download the Checklist in English and Spanish.

Parent-Teacher Team Building

as published by WrightsLaw

Starting a new school year is stressful for everyone - students, parents, and teachers. This two-part series outlines how to solve problems through effective communication and shows how early team building facilitates the continuation of a good start throughout the rest of the year. Find excellent suggestions here: Part 1 and Part 2.

Prepping for the year ahead? Reviewing last year's progress? Make an IEP Binder for efficient record keeping!

as published by

Making and maintaining an IEP binder is a great way to keep information organized and at the ready when you need it. An IEP binder can help you prepare for ARD Committee Meetings and stay up to date on your child’s progress. This powerful tool can also help you communicate and collaborate with teachers and your child’s special education team. Watch the highlighted video and download this how-to guide and other binder resources to walk you through the process.
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