June 20, 2019
Education & Schools
Shortly after being called “That Mom,” I became concerned. Was this a good thing? Or was it a bad thing? After reflecting on why I was given this title, I decided it wasn’t so bad after all. What are your thoughts?
As “That Mom” advocating for her daughter’s education I will:
- Assure my daughter receives a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). I will research District, State, and Federal policies, rules, and regulations to learn about both my and my daughter’s rights.
- Share our vision for our daughter’s future with those involved in her education. I will be involved in decision making. I will ensure all decisions made move her toward our vision.
- Ensure that my daughter’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) is just that - individualized. And that it prepares her for further education, employment, and independent living.
- Request an Individual Education Evaluation if needed. I will make sure assessment results reflect her strengths and needs to a T.
- Confirm Present Levels of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance statements are based on objective data. This will help the Admissions, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) team show what my daughter knows and can do now.
- Assure my daughter’s academic and functional needs are linked to measurable annual goals. This will allow her progress to be realized.
- Assure needed program modifications and/or supports for school personnel are documented and provided. This will allow my daughter to be involved and make progress in the general curriculum according to the Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills (TEKS).
- Ensure Assistive Technology devices and services are considered and provided if needed. This will allow my daughter to access learning and express knowledge.
- Learn about extracurricular and other nonacademic options available. This will give her the opportunity to choose to, or not to, participate with her peers.
- Request an ARD/IEP meeting to secure supports needed for her participation in extracurricular and other nonacademic activities, giving her the ability to do the things she wants to do.
- Use a planning matrix to make sure her special education services are provided in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). Special education is a service, not a place.
- Secure Prior Written Notice (PWN) if a request is denied.
- Utilize all methods available to resolve differences. Giving up is not an option. She relies on me!
So, if that makes me “That Mom!” I’ll take it as a compliment for all the hard work I do.
The Education and Schools sections provide information to help secure your child’s educational rights.