Where do special educators start?

Here’s where to begin

We understand that educators everywhere are overwhelmed and are doing things that have never been done before. If you’re looking for a place to begin, we have some basic tips and links to other resources for further information. Use as much or as little information as you need.

The family discussion guide

First start by connecting with the family. Use the Family Discussion Guide to assess their current
situation and needs.

  • Consider how the information you gained applies to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
  • Meet with your IEP team and problem solve
  • What resources does the family/student need?
  • Who is best equipped to provide them
  • How frequent does the family/student need the resource(s)
  • Is there any training involved with the family? And if so, who does that? When? How?
  • Determine what follow-up with the family/student looks like
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Special education resources

 

Getting organized is going to be key for your success. You are transitioning from having a lot of structure for yourself and your students to complete change in your daily schedule. Here are some resources to help you:

 

Header: 5 tips for special educators

First start by connecting with the family. Use the Family Discussion Guide to assess their current
situation and needs.

  1. Organize your paperwork. Make sure you have all of your due dates on the calendar, including re-evals, initial evaluation, progress reports, IEP dates, etc.
  2. Develop a communication plan. Find out how much access your students have to technology and develop a plan to stay in touch with them and their parents.
  3. Prioritize goals. It won’t be possible to reinvent school at home. Therefore it’s important to work with the parents to figure out what the highest priority goals are. Work with them on those.
  4. Develop a plan for documentation. You will still need to document service minutes and progress for goals. How do you plan to manage this remotely?
  5. Develop a plan for collaboration. You will still need to collaborate with your paraprofessionals and the general education teachers. Get their contact information and make a list of questions they have. You may not have the answers, but you will know what they need in order to support your students.

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