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Description: Readers are encouraged to browse these tips and commit to trying several new strategies to support the involvement of parents and families in the education of their children. Section 1: Host events and activities that bring parents and families into the school Section 2: Communicate with parents frequently, using a variety of methods Section 3: Create a warm, respectful, and welcoming school environment Section 4: Be flexible in accommodating parents and families Section 5: Provide a variety of...
Description: The U.S. Department of Education, Institute for Education Sciences (IES), What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) developed this guide, which is geared toward educators, administrators, and policymakers and provides recommendations that focus on reducing high school dropout rates. Strategies presented include identifying and advocating for at-risk students, implementing programs to improve behavior and social skills, and partnering with community groups and local businesses to prepare students for life...
Description: This bilingual family Guide was developed with the support of the Child, Adolescent and Family Branch of the Center for Mental Health Services CARING FOR EVERY CHILD’S MENTAL HEALTH: Communities Together Campaign, a national initiative to promote mental wellbeing in children. The Guide is intended to assist parents and caregivers about how to seek help for children with mental health problems. Information is provided on what they need to know, ask, expect, and do to get the most out of...
Description: The Balanced Mind Foundation guides families raising children with mood disorders to the answers, support and stability they seek. This includes an Education Corner, where you will learn: how to work effectively with the school team, how federal and state education laws protect your child, who makes the decisions affecting your child’s education, how pediatric bipolar disorder affects learning, and where to turn for more information and assistance. (parent, parents, National Organizations)
Description: The IDEA Partnership is dedicated to improving outcomes for students and youth with disabilities by joining state agencies and stakeholders through shared work and learning. (National Organizations)
Description: The NAMI movement works to raise mental health awareness, provide education and support, and improve the mental health system. These efforts involve three levels of organizational collaboration: NAMI, the NAMI state office, and local NAMI affiliates. As a big NAMI family, our pathways to success are intertwined, and each level has an important role to play. It’s valuable to understand the specific roles that each NAMI entity plays in the collective mental health movement. NAMI...
Description: Welcome to Rick Wormeli’s new website supporting implementation of his book, Fair Isn’t Always Equal. (Complete the free, one-time registration and you’ll be taken directly to the site.) In order to be supportive of teachers, principals, superintendents, parents, policy-makers, professional developers, authors, and school board members who are exploring assessment and grading issues, especially in classrooms where teachers are trying to differentiate instruction with diverse...
Description: This brief document offers suggestions for convening successful IEP meetings. It includes preparation tips for parents and educators.
Description: This PowerPoint presentation from the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) discusses the development of the Standards-based IEP. (A Standards‐based IEP describes a process in which the IEP team has incorporated state content standards in its development.)
Description: This a booklet designed to help parents of children who have been diagnosed with health or mental health care needs to learn about available resources and to develop a partnership with their children’s schools. It was developed by The HSC Foundation, in partnership with George Washington University’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development. (family/families)
Description: COACH is better than ever! Now with practical updates based on user feedback and a new streamlined format for easier use, the third edition of this bestselling guide can be the key to effective educational planning for students with intensive special education needs in inclusion-oriented schools.
Description: Partnering with parents is essential if your early childhood program is to succeed. From Parents to Partners explores the reasons and methods for developing ongoing partnerships with parents and other family members. It also provides the tools and strategies you need to build the communication and support networks within which these partnerships thrive.
Description: FRIENDS WHO CARE® is designed to help children better understand what it means to live with a disability, and to encourage children to accept differences. It explains what differing disabilities are, and provides hands-on activities to help children learn how people with disabilities live independent, everyday lives. It can be downloaded for free.
Description: This article is about how families of children with disabilities can be equal decision-makers with professionals. (parent,parents)
Description: This resource contains the session descriptions, presentations and handouts from the keynote and break out sessions at the Effective Schoolwide Discipline and Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports Region 4 Conference.
Description: 9-1-1 for Kids® is the official emergency caller training program created by US 9-1-1 communication center officials, emergency medical, fire and law enforcement professionals who were charged with the task of developing educational tools to help reduce the alarmingly high numbers of non-emergency calls made to 9-1-1.
Description: The Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights (PACER) Center and the National Endowment for Financial Education® (NEFE®) collaborated on this publication. Through it you will find ways to create a sense of order in your life and maintain control over your finances as you care for your child and prepare him or her for adulthood. (parent)
Description: These tip sheets from Harvard Family Research Project are designed to support educators and families in conducting productive, successful parent-teacher conferences. (Available in English and Spanish)
Description: Every 19 seconds someone in the United States sustains a traumatic brain injury (TBI). That adds up to 1.7 million people each year. Brain injuries range from mild to moderate to severe. Every injury is different, but when your brain is injured, it can affect everything: your ability to speak, focus, remember, and relate to other people. BrainLine is a national multimedia project offering information and resources about preventing, treating, and living with TBI. BrainLine includes a series of...
Description: The Center for Family Involvement (CFI) at the Partnership for People with Disabilities (Partnership) has as a main focus, the development of a Family to Family Network across Virginia, with multiple network sites so that family members of children, youth and young adults with disabilities have people in their own communities to call upon for support in their efforts to identify and obtain needed information, services and community supports.
Description: The Center for Family Involvement is part of the Partnership for People with Disabilities at Virginia Commonwealth University. The Center for Family Involvement works with families to increase their skills as advocates, mentors and leaders so that families, children and young adults with disabilities can lead the lives they want.
Description: Local school divisions are required by the Code of Virginia to form local Special Education Advisory Committees (SEACs) made up of parents of individuals with disabilities, community volunteers and one teacher appointed by local School Boards. The primary purpose of the local SEACs is to: * identify needs relating to the education of students with disabilities within a local school division; * advise the local school division of these needs; and * assist the local school division in developing...
Description: These videos of young children engaged in typical activities have been produced for use in professional development programs to build the skills of practitioners in observation, documentation, and assessment in early childhood settings. You can watch the clips online or download QuickTime versions of the videos for use in training. (The Practice Clips are available in Spanish.)
Description: These lessons on homelessness will give Head Start, Early Head Start, and Migrant and Seasonal programs information about serving families who are experiencing homelessness. (Head Start, An Office of the Administration for Children and Families Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center, ECLKC)(parent, parents)
Description: Practical and non-judgmental, this book guides parents through the process of adaptation and describes strategies for balancing one’s life. It provides a portrayal of parenting through reflections of four mothers, reaching across a wide range of special needs. (1997) (Family involvement resources)
Description: This book provides parents and caregivers with information and ideas to encourage their child’s development. The book is divided into six categories: cognitive, linguistic, physical, sensory, social, and emotional. An outline of child development is also provided so parents can look at child’s progress in context. (2008) (Family involvement resources)
Description: The authors share the ins and outs of developing and maintaining a strong, local Parent to Parent program that individually matches "veteran" supporting parents with those who are new to the challenges of caring for a child with a disability. (2001) (Family involvement resources)
Description: Interventions for young children with disabilities are more effective when the adults involved form collaborative partnerships. That’s why consultation—a systematic process to help educators, parents, and early childhood professionals work together to address concerns and identify goals—is so important. This practical handbook equips you with the skills you need to function as an effective consultant to educators and caregivers of children from birth through age 5, leading you...
Description: The primary objective of the National Early Childhood Transition Center (NECTC) is to investigate and validate practices and strategies that enhance the early childhood transition process and support positive school outcomes for children with disabilities. This objective will be met through four inter-related research activities. (State and national resources)
Description: Smart Beginnings is a statewide collaboration to share information and efforts about making the most of the early years for Virginia’s children. (State and national resources)
Description: This publication is intended to improve the quality of early childhood programs by identifying best practices for supporting child growth and development from birth to kindergarten.
Description: The focus of SpecialQuest Birth–Five is on inclusion for children with disabilities ages birth through five (pre-kindergarten) and their families, particularly those in Head Start, along with child care, early intervention/Part C, early childhood special education/619, family support, and other related programs. The Web site provides resources for including young children with significant disabilities by offering a multimedia library of training resources, newsletter, blog, and other...
Description: The Orlena Hawks Puckett Institute is a not-for-profit organization engaging in activities that enhance and promote healthy child, parent, and family functioning. The goal is to foster adoption of evidence-based practices that build on the capacities and strengths of children, parents, and families, communities, and public and private organizations. (Family Involvement Resources)
Description: ep (Exceptional Parent) is a 42-year-old, award-winning publishing and communications company. ep provides practical advice, emotional support and the most up-to-date educational information for families of children and adults with disabilities and special healthcare needs as well as to the physicians, allied health care professionals, and educational professionals who are involved in their care and development. (Registration is free.)
Description: TaCTICS (Therapists as Collaborative Team members for Infant/Toddler Community Services) is an outreach training project funded by a U.S. Department of Education grant. This web site provides a wealth of information on supports and services and coaching. It includes training modules, family stories, and reproducible newsletters. Be sure to look at the comparison of Michael and Miguel under "Natural Environments" and "Do the Math". This is an excellent resource! (Coaching/Supports and Services)
Description: This video provides six vignettes that highlight providers and families collaborating in everyday routines, activities, and places. In each story, the families and providers offer heartfelt reflections on their experiences. A facilitator’s guide that accompanies the video offers activities and discussion questions. (Western Media Products) (Coaching/Supports and Services)
Description: The FGRBI web site is based at Florida State University. The FGRBI model includes 4 processes: Introducing natural environments and welcoming the family; Routines-based asessments in natural environments; Linking assessment to intervention; and Involving caregivers in teaching and learning. The web site includes videos, checklists, and other resources.
Description: The National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) provides research, resources, and information enabling communities to address the educational needs of children experiencing homelessness. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the Center serves as a clearinghouse of information for people seeking to remove or overcome educational barriers and to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for children and youth experiencing homelessness. The Center also supports educators and service...
Description: Videos, activities, and narratives will guide you through the process to learn about serving children with disabilities effectively. Topics include: Embedded Interventions, Transition, Communication to Collaboration, Family-Professional Partnerships, Assistive Technology, Dialogic Reading Practices, and Tiered Instruction. All of the modules are available in Spanish and Module 1 is also available in Portugese.
Description: Diseñado para ayudarles a los maestros a formar relaciones positivas con las familias, este módulo destaca la diversidad de las familias y trata los factores que el personal de la escuela debe entender en cuanto a trabajar con las familias de los niños con discapacidades. (Parents- Spanish version)
Description: This module is designed to help teachers build positive relationships with families. It highlights the diversity of families and addresses the factors that school personnel should understand about working with the families of children with disabilities.
Description: Benefits.gov was launched in an effort to provide citizens with easy, online access to government benefit and assistance programs. The program's mission is to reduce the expense and difficulty of interacting with the government while increasing citizen access to government benefit information. The site's core function is the eligibility prescreening questionnaire or "Benefit Finder." Answers to the questionnaire are used to evaluate a visitor's situation and compare it with the eligibility...
Description: healthyfuturesva.com is your source for up-to-date children’s health information. View videos and text about children’s health topics or explore what happens during a child’s health care visit to a medical professional. (Virginia Department of Health, American Academy of Pediatrics)
Description: Created in association with the Partnership for People with Disabilities and supported by Part C funding, this is an excellent training website for all ECSE and ECE teachers. Training modules include:- A course on typical child development for children from Birth to 3- A second module for 3-6 (to be developed in the near future)- A course on Family Centered PracticesCourses can be used towards re-certification points and the site has a registry that will keep track of the courses you have taken....
Description: All young people, including foster youth and youth with disabilities, can succeed academically given adequate support and advocacy from educators, professionals, and their caregivers. Casey Family Programs interviewed eight former foster youth who recently graduated from college. Their perspectives on going to college and obtaining a degree despite numerous barriers presents an opportunity learn how other young adults like them might be better supported. Excerpted from the National Center on...
Description: The Building the Legacy training curriculum is intended to help all those involved with children with disabilities understand and implement the IDEA 2004, the nation’s special education law.