Section 504 Best Practices: Evaluation and Assessment

  Welcome to our comprehensive guide on “Section 504 Best Practices: Evaluation and Assessment.” In the realm of educational support, understanding and effectively implementing a Section 504 Plan is crucial for educators, parents, and students alike. A Section 504 Plan, named after Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, is a blueprint developed in […]


Section 504 Best Practices: Reviewing & Updating 504 Plans

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 represents a pivotal civil rights legislation in the United States. It was enacted to prevent discrimination against individuals with disabilities, ensuring that any person with a disability should not be excluded from, denied benefits, or subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. […]


Key Differences Between Section 504 Plans and IEPs: Implications on Attendance, Discipline, & Policies!

In their own ways, both Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) are designed to make sure students with disabilities have equitable access to public education. Because of their similarities, it’s important to examine these policies side-by-side.   While one is civil rights law, and the other is […]


11 Questions (& Answers) All About Section 504

In a recent webinar with Dave Richards and Jose Martín, they answered audience questions about Section 504.   Turns out, everyone has a lot of questions about Section 504.   Below you’ll find a few questions that came up from the audience during the webinar. Tune in to the on demand version to hear directly […]


3 Things for Schools to Remember About Long COVID Diagnoses

  Some people who previously tested positive for COVID-19 are now showing symptoms like tiredness, fatigue, difficulty thinking, concentrating, headache, changes in smell, taste, dizziness, or fast beating or pounding heart, usually appearing about a month after that initial positive test. This condition is being referred to as “Long COVID.” Long COVID diagnoses among students […]


COVID-19-Related Compensatory Services Under Section 504

Unexpected school closures happened so quickly in the early days of the pandemic. Managers of Section 504 programs faced — and still face — a great deal of uncertainty because closures and hybrid learning don’t change the fact that schools are responsible for preventing discrimination and providing the appropriate supports for students with disabilities to […]


Guide to Fee-for-Service Medicaid Claiming for Schools

In today’s culture, schools do more than just educate. They are outreach centers, health care providers, and community leaders who are integral to connecting families to services. Much of this is rooted in the development of schools as health care providers and Medicaid outreach organizations. One of the predominant Medicaid reimbursement programs that schools participate […]


Top 5 FERPA & HIPAA Misconceptions for Schools

We live in an age filled with threats to student privacy. As an important member of your school community, you’re a defender of that privacy. And that role comes with a great deal of responsibility. Part of your responsibility is understanding two primary laws that protect against the unlawful disclosure of personal and health information: […]


Understanding Section 504

Table of Contents Intro A Brief History of Section 504 Shift in the Tides Section 504’s Goal Section 504 vs. Special Education Important Takeaway Core Concepts of Section 504 Video Series Episode 1: Introduction to Core Concepts of Section 504 Episode 2: Understanding the Section 504 Eligibility Criteria Episode 3: Unraveling the Key Concept of […]

Talk Data to Me

A data-centric view on the challenges facing school districts

Recruiting & Hiring

Talk Data to Me: Hire Rates

According to a 2021 Frontline survey, about two-thirds of over 1,200 school and district administrators reported having a teacher shortage. Some districts experienced the teacher shortage worse than others. About half of the respondents reported difficulty filling jobs across all grade levels and subjects while the other half felt the effects of the shortage in […]

Teacher Absences & Subs

Talk Data to Me: Trends in Absence Management and Substitute Pools

Troubled by substitute shortages and low fill rates? You’re not alone. These are challenges faced by many districts, and for good reason. Substitute management is no walk in the park: a lot of different elements go into maintaining and managing a healthy substitute pool.   To overcome the challenges associated with the substitute shortage, districts […]

Recruiting & Hiring

Talk Data to Me: The State of the Instructional Teacher Shortage

The Frontline Research and Learning Institute recently published a research brief called “The State of the Instructional Teacher Shortage”. Following a basic supply and demand economic model, the analysis investigates the quantity of candidates applying for jobs (supply) as well as the availability of open positions (demand). Trends show changes to both sides of the […]

Student Data

Talk Data to Me: Supporting the Health Needs of Students and Staff

In early April, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said that schools should be reopened and “full-fledged in person” come fall 2021, regardless of vaccination status. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona echoed this in early May, saying that he expects a full return for all students in the fall. With most states no longer placing restrictions on school […]

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