Have you heard the adage, "Do not listen with the intent to reply, but with the intent to understand"? It's Communication 101. It's simple, yet incredibly challenging. It's easy to listen when all is going well, but when emotions run high and failure appears to be the next way stop on the horizon, listening to understand becomes a monumental task.
I called my mentor and cried. My mentor said to march right into the principal’s office and tell her there is no way I could do it. The principal smiled, said, “Yes you can,” and walked away.
Paraprofessionals are essential to effective special education teams. By preparing them, appreciating them, and supporting them, schools become more successful and kids thrive.
IEP meetings can be anxiety-provoking for parents and school staff alike - here are some important things to keep in mind during the meeting to get the most from it.
In order to qualify for an IEP or 504 plan, a student must have a disability or condition that prevents him or her from making expected progress in the general…