Indicator 8: Percent of parents with a child receiving special education services who report that schools facilitated parent involvement as a means of improving services and results for children with disabilities.
Related NH DOE Memos and Documents
FY’15 Memo #12 Changes to the Administration of the Parent Involvement Survey in Special Education
FY’14 Memo #22: Important Updates Related to: 2014 NH Parent Involvement Survey (2/4/14)
FY’14 Memo #24: NH Parent Involvement Survey Administration 2014 (2/4/14)
FY’13 Memo #7 2011-2012 Parent Involvement Survey Statewide Results
2011-2012 Parent Involvement Statewide Survey Results Report prepared by Measurement Incorporated, September 2012
FY’12 Memo #12 Parent Involvement Survey Results
NH Connections: Linking Schools, Family and Community
NH Connections provides technical assistance to schools/school districts to enhance strategies to improve the results of the Parent Involvement Survey. The NH Connections website is a great resource for information about parent involvement in special education. For more information contact NH Connections at the Parent Information Center, 224-7005.
Engaging Parents in Productive Partnerships
A new resource from the National Center on Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE), Engaging Parents in Productive Partnerships, is now available online in both English and Spanish. The resource provides suggestions on how educators and service providers can effectively collaborate with parents. It includes specific recommendations about planning and conducting meetings to create appropriate individualized education programs (IEPs) for children who receive special education and related services.
Tips for Administrators, Teachers and Families: How To Share Data Effectively
Effective family engagement strategies include providing families with accessible, understandable, and actionable data on their child’s learning and growth. Data sharing helps families gain a comprehensive understanding of their child’s strengths, interests, and challenges, and also helps families identify action steps to help advance the child’s learning.
Here are a set of tip sheets to help administrators, teachers, and families determine the best ways to share student data in meaningful ways, on a regular basis, to strengthen family–school partnerships and promote student learning.
Data Tip Sheets
Share the Knowledge with Families
Leaders in our field describe the benefits of the DEC Recommended Practices for families, illustrated by images of children, families, and practitioners in a variety of early care and education settings. (Time 3:00)
Parent Portal at ZERO TO THREE
A Parent Portal from ZERO TO THREE offers resources grounded in science to help parents and caregivers have the most positive impact on their young child’s development during the first critical 1000 days of life. Resources are available in the following categories: Ages and Stages, Play, Sleep, Social-Emotional Development, School Readiness and Early Learning, Challenging Behavior, and Positive Parenting Approaches.
The CDC Parent Portal
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created a Parent Portal (www.cdc.gov/parents) to help parents find information to give children healthier, safer lives. The CDC Parent Portal organizes and presents information for parents and provides resources from across CDC, all in one location, making it easier for parents to find what they are looking for. The Portal is a great source for credible, accurate information in helping parents raising healthy kids and providing a safe home and community. It also is a resource for diseases and conditions that can occur, and for developmental milestones and schedules.
A Parent’s Perspective on Inclusion in Early Childhood
A Parent’s Perspective on Inclusion in Early Childhood (Runtime 5:31 minutes) shares one mother’s perspective on inclusion for her daughter in early childhood and beyond. The video can serve as a good introduction for families who are new to the concept of inclusion or who are deciding on service options. It is a follow up to the video Team Lydia Rose. As with all Desired Results access Project videos, these clips can be viewed online or downloaded at no cost for use in educational and professional development activities. They are posted in the General Interest section of the library.
First Concern to Action Tool Kit
Autism Speaks has developed a First Concern to Action Tool Kit (2013), which is meant to provide families
of children under the age of five with:
- An overview of early child development;
- Guidance on what to do if they have a concern about their child’s development;
- Information about obtaining an evaluation for their child’s development and treatment options, if needed.
The kit is also available in Spanish.
Engaging Families in Early Childhood Programs
Involving parents and other caregivers in early childhood programs can enhance children’s learning, promote effective parenting and build lasting partnerships between families and the education system.
A new report from Pre-K Now identifies policies that can enhance family engagement in state pre-k programs and highlights examples from states that are doing a good with this.
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