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Question and Answer: 504 Plans, Accommodations, Evaluations

By on August 21, 2016

QUESTION: My adopted son is 8 years old and in the third grade. He has been diagnosed with ADHD and he was a drug baby. He just got a 504 plan, but he has failing grades and I think he

Concussions and Student-Athletes

By on August 21, 2016

Sports-related concussions have been in the news a lot in the past few years. According to the CDC, “A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury—or TBI—caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a

Improving Your Child’s Education

By on August 21, 2016

What can you do in just fifteen minutes to improve your child’s educational experience? Your September challenge is to pick one of the ideas below and get going! (And if you’re already doing most of them, congratulations – you’re a

Teacher Appreciation Day

By on April 23, 2016

“The dream begins, most of the time, with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you on to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called truth.”–Dan Rather Today is Teacher Appreciation

FERPA: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

By on March 27, 2016

In 1974, President Gerald Ford signed the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, commonly known as FERPA, into law. This law, administered by the U.S. Department of Education, applies to all schools that receive public money. Parents (custodial and non-custodial)

504 Plans, Accommodations, Evaluations: Q and A

By on February 26, 2016

QUESTION: My adopted son is 8 years old and in the third grade. He has been diagnosed with ADHD and he was a drug baby. He just got a 504 plan, but he has failing grades and I think he

Developmental Disabilities, Special Ed, and Retention: Q and A Part II

By on February 26, 2016

QUESTION: Thank you so much for your input. I am the one who wants Tyler retained, not the school. I really think he is not ready to be in the 5th grade, so it could be advantageous for him to

Developmental Disabilities, Special Ed, and Retention: Q and A Part I

By on February 26, 2016

QUESTION: My son Tyler is developmentally delayed with ADD and High-Functioning Autism. He was retained in the first grade. Now that he is in the 4th grade, his progress in school is minimal. He is in a regular class only

How to Crack a School Community: 13 Basic Ideas

By on February 14, 2016

1. Attend school programs and events, and introduce yourself to the teachers and administrators. 2. Join the PTA and attend meetings whenever possible. Introduce yourself to the other parents. Participate in projects and events. 3. Learn the names of all

Who to Contact

By on February 13, 2016

One of the most frustrating things about navigating public school is figuring out who to contact about different problems and concerns. Who can help with a bus issue? Who should you call if your child has chicken pox? What if