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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
- 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.