Recently Jeanette Souther, Director of Pupil Services, hosted a second evening parent meeting in Portsmouth to promote family-school partnerships in special education. Parents attending represented four Portsmouth schools.
The goals for the meeting included: helping to build a stronger parent-school community for students with IEPs, brainstorming ideas for future parent trainings, and gaining input for the future using a feedback tool for parents of students receiving special education services.
The meeting resulted in a plan for presenting a workshop on Extended School Year. Other topics considered for future workshops included special education is more than just academics, understanding IEPs, developmental red flags in early childhood, executive functioning, transitions between grades, understanding evaluations and standardized testing, and anxiety in children.
One goal developed included drafting a flyer to be disseminated in early Fall to ensure parents have enough lead notice to mark their calendars and following up with a variety of outreach methods throughout the year, as well as exploring the use of educational TV to record workshops to be replaying at later times.