Parent Involvement

A Family Guide to Participating in the Child Outcomes Measurement Process
This guide will help parents identify if a child’s early intervention or early childhood special education program is meeting his or her needs.
Publication Date: 2013
Publisher: National Parent Technical Assistance Center

Create a Home File
This is a list of information to collect and keep together to share with your child’s school personnel and IEP team.
Publication Date: Revised 2009
Publisher: Parent Information Network

Communication in the Special Education Process
This article explains a parent’s responsibility extends beyond giving consent and accepting explanations and that they are part of a team all working together to benefit the child.
Publication Date: 2002
Publisher: Pacer Center

ESSentials LogoESSentials: Sharing Data to Create Stronger Parent Partnerships
This resource explains how Humboldt Elementary shares student reading data with parents so they understand it and can better work with the school to increase reading achievement.
Publication Date: June 2015
Publisher: Arizona Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services

Fundamentals of Letter Writing: A Tool for Effective Communication
This article gives pointers for effective communication with school personnel in order to maintain a collaborative relationship with your child’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) team.
Publication Date: June 2007
Publisher: Parent Information Network

How Parents & Teachers Can Work Together in the Inclusive Classroom
This article provides a list of strategies that parents can use to create a successful partnership with teachers in the inclusive classroom. 
Author: Nicole Eredics
Publisher: National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

How to Communicate Effectively with Early Childhood Professionals
This article offers ideas for how parents can communicate their child’s needs and strengths to early childhood professionals to help them select services that will be most appropriate.
Publication Date: 2006
Publisher: Pacer Center

Informed Parent Consent for Pre-School and School-Aged Children with Disabilities
This document explains when a child receives special education services, there are times when the school must obtain a parent’s written permission before acting.
Publication Date: 2006
Publisher: Technical Assistance ALLIANCE for Parent Centers

Leaving a Child Behind Before Kindergarten
This article includes suggestions for parents and educators to consider when discussing the benefits of holding back individual children.
Author: Sheldon H. Horowitz
Publication Date: 2009 
Publisher: National Center for Learning Disabilities

Parents as Advocates
This article defines advocacy, gives pointers and guidelines for becoming an effective parent advocate, and discusses developing self-advocacy skills with their children.
Publication Date: August 2004
Publisher: Parent Information Network

Parent Primer: Placing Special Needs Children in the Inclusive Class
This article discusses why parents should participate in the decisions and classroom placements of their child in an optimal learning environment for the student.
Author: Nicole Eredics
Publisher: National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

Planning Your Child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP): Some Suggestions to Consider
This information sheet explains what a parent needs to know and consider before and after a child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting.
Publication Date: 2006 
Publisher: Technical Assistance ALLIANCE for Parent Centers

Research Trends: Learning Disabilities and the Family
Parental stress and sibling rivalry are often mentioned as concerns among families raising kids with learning disabilities.  This article provides an overview of the research findings on how LD may affect parents, siblings, and the way the family functions.
Authors: Marshall Raskind and Malka Margalit
Publisher: Great Schools

School Engagement Among Parents of Middle School Youth
This report offers strategies that schools can use to forge deeper connections to parents of middle school students through home-based involvement, school-based involvement, and academic socialization.
Authors: Angela Valdovinos D’Angelo, Lauren Rich, and Amelia Kohm
Publication Date: May 2012
Publisher: Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago

Special Education: Evaluation and Reevaluation
This information sheet explains the evaluation process that takes place before a child receives special education and the reevaluation process necessary to show if there is still a need for special education.
Publication Date: 2007
Publisher: Technical Assistance ALLIANCE for Parent Centers

What Can a Family Expect From Raising Special Kids?
Raising Special Kids, Arizona’s Parent Training and Information Center, provides free support, training, information and individual ass
istance so families can become effective advocates for their children. Information covers available community and social services, special education, special health care needs, and training opportunities.
Publisher: Raising Special Kids