Special Education: Tips for a Good Start to the School Year

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  • Schedule a meeting within 30 days of the start of school to check in with the team. (Brief-less than one hour if things seem to be on track)
  • Prepare a proposed Agenda prior to the meeting and circulate it to the school in advance.
  • Emphasize what has worked in the past and what hasn’t.
  • Be clear on your priorities for the year.
  • Update the school about how the summer went and of any new developments in your child’s life.
  • Communication: Agree on how you and the school will communicate with each other (e.g. e-mails, how frequently). Who will communication be with? The case manager? Individual teachers? Things can be complicated when students have multiple teachers.
  • Do you need an extra set of books, e-mails about homework, accommodations and modifications?
  • Coordinate with outside professionals and the school team when appropriate. Sign releases for this communication to happen.
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About Micki Moran

Micki Moran is the founding partner of The Child and Family Law Center, Ltd. She dedicates her practice to providing legal assistance to children and families who are in need of representation in the areas of special education, disability law, juvenile and young adult criminal law, abuse and neglect, guardianship, and mental health issues. Micki's practice is founded on the principle that children and their families require and deserve excellent legal representation with a multidisciplinary approach that works with multiple systems of care and creates communities that support and improve the quality of all peoples' lives.
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