Topic 3 DQ 1
In order for families to be equal participants in the assessment and evaluation process for their child, they need to not only know what their rights are, but be able to translate that knowledge into effective collaboration efforts with school personnel. What are some ways that teachers can support parents in becoming more collaborative with the educational team working with their child? What are the strengths and challenges associated with your ideas?
Topic 3 DQ 2
Sometimes parents and special education teams differ on how they interpret special education law and the requirements of IDEA. A couple of common examples would be when parents and school districts disagree on what constitutes a free and appropriate education or when they disagree on the least restrictive environment. What are your thoughts on ways to handle these types of differences of opinions? Provide an example of a disagreement, real or hypothetical, and your response.