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SELF-ESTEEM: GETTING A BLUE RIBBON
FOR JUST SHOWING UP
WON’T CUT IT

We all want our children to have a high sense of self-esteem. As parents and educators we hope that our children will feel confident about themselves. And it’s possible, but it comes at a price. The price? Well, it’s the cost of being successful and successful in a real way, not a contrived or pretentious…
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IT TAKES A CITY: DC DOES IT BEST!

Just click on the title to be connected to the item. WEBINAR Presented On Learning Ally: Optimize Your Child’s IEP Through Structured Collaboration   QUICK READ ARTICLES There Is No Quick Fix to IEP Planning 5 of The Top 10 Tips in Prepration for Your IEP Meeting   VIDEOS ON IEP MEETING PREPARATION How to…
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Determining AT and Accommodations at an IEP Meeting

Way back in the dark ages neither AT (1990) nor accommodations (1997) had seen the light of day in IDEA. In IDEA, AT can be found in Section 300.105 and under Section 300.324, a, (2) (consideration of special factors). In IDEA, the term “accommodations” is found in 300.160 (Participation in assessments).  Section 504 of the…
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Dyslexia and the Advocate: What is THE tipping point?

It can be a dilemma. Not only is it important to carefully select an advocate, the decision is really first whether to spend the money for an advocate. Or, when to spend the money. So, just what is your tipping point? I have read pleas for information all over Facebook and then seen horribly useless…
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THERE IS NO QUICK FIX TO IEP PLANNING

OMg,! IEPs! It's happened yet again. I shouldn't have been surprised, but every time I see it, I think I should write about this—at least it might make me feel better. Catharsis. Let’s see if it works. What is it I see? Here are some examples. Wait, these are real postings: “Please help, I have…
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HELP! MY CHILD’S PROGRESS IS USELESS!

Did you expect one thing, but got another? Everyone by now has received at least one progress report, but the question is: What did you learn from the report? Or, what do you know now that you did not know at the time the IEP was written? First a quick review of the IDEA regulations…
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THE 7 DEADLY SINS TO AVOID AT AN IEP MEETING

In today’s video, I am going to share with you the 7 definite no-no’s to avoid having take place at an IEP meeting and how to avoid them like the plague! The truth is, that all 7 of these deadly sins are commonly found occurring a  IEP meetings. These have the power to quickly make…
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