Do you remember what your child’s teacher did last year that helped them engage in the classroom? Does your child have certain needs that affect their learning or behavior in school? How did your child’s Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) committee decide on the exact accommodations in your child’s latest Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 plan?
If you can put records of all that you’ve learned about your child’s education into one organized place, it can help you work with the school district to make sure your child gets the services they need, help you monitor your child’s progress, and be an informed partner in developing an IEP or 504 plan.
Many people find it helpful to create a notebook that is a one-stop-shop for everything related to their children’s education needs. This can be a 3-ring binder or stored on a tablet, computer, or phone.
This is a lot like the care notebook you might keep for your child’s medical care. Learn more about care notebooks on our Organizing Medical Records page.
The education notebook is a place to keep:
Many teachers also use communication notebooks to tell you how your child does in school each day. This is a book that comes home with your child, and you must read and sign it. It is different from your education notebook, but it might be helpful to include copies of some of the pages from this notebook with your child’s education records.
Keeping all of this in one notebook is helpful for everyone. As your child grows and changes, you will have a clear record of what has been helpful for them and what hasn’t worked.