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’13 Memo #7 2011-2012 Parent Involvement Survey Statewide Results
2011-2012 Parent Involvement Statewide Survey Results Report prepared by Measurement Incorporated, September 2012
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.
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.
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 Parent Involvement in Special Education webpage provides a plethora of information around parent involvement in special education. You’ll find a Toolkit with materials for school personnel to use to create awareness to the parents of children in special education about receiving the Survey and completing and returning the PI Survey. The fliers are colorful and catchy and they include a picture of what the envelope that they will be receiving in the mail. For more information contact NH Connections at the Parent Information Center, 224-7005.
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.
PTAN Partnerships for Preschool Inclusion: Self-Evaluation Tool – This self-evaluation tool provides a framework for discussion that promotes partnerships to benefit young children with special needs and their families. A team that includes representation from preschool special education, child care and families is assembled to consider and discuss each of the tool’s items. Once completed, the team reviews their responses and decides which item(s) to work on to improve the quality of services they provide. The selected items are developed into an action plan that guides the team’s future work together.
Self Evaluation Tool
Self Evaluation Action Plan
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.