Family Involvement

The partnership between parents and educators is a critical component in advancing inclusive practices. Provided are several resources to aid in fostering this important relationship.

The Partnership Between Parents and Educators

I recognize that the phrase 'parent involvement' is certainly inadequate when you truly think about the importance of the relationship between the family and the educators.  First, the phrase signifies a one-way street rather than the partnership it is intended to be.  Second, perhaps the word 'engagement' should be used to reflect the active roles… Read More

Resources for Parents of Children with Special Needs

PresenceLearning’s New Trail Map for Parents is a handy resource you can give to parents that provides a clear, six-step path from the referral phase through treatment and ongoing re-evaluation as developmental goals are met. Navigating the sea of information about special needs is confusing for nearly every parent, and educators not only need to address… Read More

Khan Academy- Free Learning Resources for EVERYONE!

Khan Academy is an organization on a mission. They're a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere. All of the site's resources are available to anyone. It doesn't matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after… Read More

Ideas for Engaging Families

Inclusive schools that have maintained success over time have a very important commonality: They engage family members in meaningful school and classroom activities. Family involvement is an important component in nurturing a school environment of acceptance and support.  Family structures in our country and around the world are increasingly diverse. Our students come from immigrant… Read More

Parent Surveys

Parent Survey This survey was designed for parents of students with disabilities to assist the district or school in evaluating their services.   Improving IEP Meetings: Parent Survey This survey was designed to be provided to parents as they leave the IEP meeting.  They should be provided a stamped, self-addressed envelope in which to return… Read More

A Parent Perspective: Janice Fialka

We are so pleased to introduce the work of Janice Fialka, LMSW, ACSW, lecturer, author, and advocate for inclusive practices.  In her most recent book, Parents and Professionals Partnering for Children with Disabilities:  A Dance that Matters, Janice draws upon her experiences as a parent of a son with disabilities and as an educator to provide practical… Read More

How Do We Build Effective Parent-School Partnerships in Inclusive Schools?

Our question for today is how do we build effective parent-school partnerships in inclusive schools. There’s an enormous body of research and studies on the positive impact of parent partnerships and student success not just in school but throughout life. We cannot educate our children without reaching out to their parents. When schools and families… Read More

Stay Sharp! Promoting Skill Maintenance with Summer Activities

For many children and families, summer is a nice break from the routines and demands of the regular school year.  However, there is evidence that most students experience some loss of skills during this extended vacation, and that some students with disabilities show significant skills regression in the absence of structured, daily instruction.  So while… Read More

Acronym Soup

To help public education leaders and special education practitioners in their quest to be effective partners with parents of children with special needs, we are pleased to share Acronym Soup.  This video features Howard J. Fulfrost, a noted attorney specializing in education law with Fagan, Friedman & Fulfrost. It reminds everyone that education acronyms, if not explained… Read More

Parents Caring for Children with Disabilities

The Sloan Work and Family Research Network has developed a Topic Page about "Parents Caring for Children with Disabilities".  Resources on this page include a fact sheet, statistics, readings, and other information aimed at raising awareness and supporting more inclusive and family-friendly workplaces and communities.   Working families caring for children with significant disabilities need the… Read More