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Involving Parents of Students With Special Needs : 25 Ready-to-Use Strategies - Jill C. Dardig

Involving Parents of Students With Special Needs

25 Ready-to-Use Strategies

Paperback Published: 1st March 2008
ISBN: 9781412951203
Number Of Pages: 192

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Bridge the communication gap with parents of children with special needs!

The author provides 25 ready-to-use techniques for involving parents in the education of their children. General and special education teachers in Grades PreK–12 can use these strategies to reach the parents of students with a wide range of learning needs. This teacher-friendly resource provides sample materials and tips for:

  • Using letters, telephone, email, newsletters, and progress reports to communicate with parents
  • Conducting parent conferences and in-person meetings
  • Connecting parents with resources
  • Helping parents teach their children at home
  • Dealing with home/school conflicts
  • Preparing a parent involvement action plan

"This book makes a great contribution to the field of not only special education, but also general education. Teachers across specialties will find these strategies helpful for facilitating communication with parents and caregivers." -- Erin Jones, Special Education Teacher
"Involving parents on a positive level is essential to educating all students, especially students with special needs. This book helps you with real-world situations-something that most college courses cannot prepare you for. Easy and user-friendly, this book provides you with strategies and tools to aid in communicating with parents." -- Laura Peterson, Special Education Teacher

Special Feature FiguresPrefaceAcknowledgmentsAbout the Author1. Introduction Parent Involvement Is Important and Up to You! Your Personal Philosophy of Parent Involvement2. Getting Started Strategy 1: Personalized Letterhead Strategy 2: Parent Contact Log Strategy 3: Introductory Letter Strategy 4: Parent Volunteer Invitation3. Designing Your Classroom to Educate Parents Strategy 5: The Visible Curriculum4. Group Written Communication and Interaction Strategy 6: Suggestion Box Letter Strategy 7: Class Newsletter5. Personalized Written Communication and Interaction Strategy 8: Weekly Progress Report Strategy 9: Parent Appreciation Letter Strategy 10: Print Resource Letter Strategy 11: Internet Resource Letter Strategy 12: E-mail Communication6. Telephone Communication Strategy 13: Phone Call to an Organization Strategy 14: Phone Calls to Parents Strategy 15: Voicemail7. In-Person Meetings Strategy 16: Parent Group Meetings Strategy 17: Pre-Conference Parent Survey Strategy 18: Tips for Successful Conferences8. Helping Parents Teach Their Children at Home Strategy 19: IEP/IFSP Practice Letter Strategy 20: Home Activity Calendar Strategy 21: Home Response Cards Strategy 22: Make-It-Take-It Workshop Strategy 23: Summer Activities Letter9. Challenges to Parent Involvement Strategy 24: Conflict Situations Obstacles to Parent Involvement10. Staying Organized and Planning for Next Year Strategy 25: Parent Involvement Portfolio Parent Involvement Action PlanReferencesIndex

ISBN: 9781412951203
ISBN-10: 1412951208
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1st March 2008
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 27.9 x 21.5  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.54