Parent Coordination SHOUT OUT!
Parent Coordination Network
Postsecondary Transition Tips!
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 www.esc11.net. Current titles are:
- Utilizing Person-Centered Thinking Skills to Discover the INDIVIDUAL in the IEP
- Setting Expectations: The Pathway to Employment Success!
- Pathways to Independence: Parents, Transition-Aged Youth with Disabilities, and Social Security Benefits
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!
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
Parent Request for ARD Committee Meeting
Request Special Education Testing
Manifestation Determination Review
Region 20 ESC's Parent Resources
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
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
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
Plan now to attend the 2018 Statewide Parental Involvement Conference
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
Parenting Special Needs: Setting our Children up for a Great School Year
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 Understood.org
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.