Parent Involvement

Communication in the Special Education Process
This article explains a parentís 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

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 childís 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 parentís 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

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 Childís Individualized Education Program (IEP): Some Suggestions to Consider
This information sheet explains what a parent needs to know and consider before and after a childís 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

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, Arizonaís Parent Training and Information Center, provides free support, training, information and individual assistance 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