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Special Education and the Teacher Shortage
An online search for “teacher shortage” will quickly return 435,000 results. Each day yields more headlines about school districts who struggle to hire enough teachers — more than half of school districts we surveyed in 2016 said they were experiencing a shortage.
Pro Tips: Finance & Funding for K-12 Public Schools
A new year brings the K-12 public school budgeting process into full swing as drafts are written, reviewed, revised, and await approval in the months ahead. K-12 school business leaders play a key role in communicating and executing district operations and budgeting.Continue Reading
Reflecting on a Wild Year in Special Education
The past academic year was a journey through disruption for everyone involved in education. And for those in Special Education, it was even more of a challenge to try to support students and keep learning from sliding to a complete stop. Now that the school year has come to a close and educators have had a chance to catch their breath before starting preparations for the upcoming year, we asked hundreds of educators in Special Education to reflect on a year that defies description.
Q&A: Legal Issues When Schools Reopen
How can schools avoid legal exposure during the COVID-19 pandemic? In August, School Law practitioner John B. Comegno II, Esq. presented a webinar on schools' legal considerations as they set about reopening. Here, John responds to audience questions about that topic.Continue Reading
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How to Leverage Your IEP Service Tracking System for Better Progress Monitoring
School districts need to monitor student progress to assess student outcomes, submit mandated state and federal reports, and in many states, claim Medicaid reimbursements. But progress monitoring can also be used to help identify and support requests for additional staffing needs or pinpoint professional development gaps.Continue Reading
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Q & A: How to Manage RTI/MTSS During School Closures and Reentry
As the fall approaches, you probably have countless questions about every aspect of reentry, including learning loss among struggling learners. We explored those questions, focusing on RTI/MTSS during school closures and reentry in this recent webinar with Jim Wright, a presenter, trainer, and author who has worked in public education as a school psychologist and school administrator for over 17 years.Continue Reading
5 Questions to Evaluate Your IEP Management System
Is your IEP system helping you live up to the promises you’ve made to students with disabilities ― or is it inhibiting student progress and adding work and frustration to your plate? As with any complex system, getting a clear view of what is working well and what could be better can be a challenge. The bottom line is that your IEP system should work for you, not the other way around.Continue Reading
Navigating Parental Consent for Medicaid
It’s the end of an Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting, and stakeholders have agreed upon related services prescribed to your student. Before the meeting can conclude and the IEP document is finalized for signature, one last form needs to be addressed: parental consent to bill Medicaid. Outside of service logging, this conversation has the largest impact on Medicaid revenue for a school district.Continue Reading
A Teacher, a Superintendent, a Special Ed Director: 4 Real-life Stories About Equity in Education
Coming from a small town in the not-Philadelphia-and-not-Pittsburgh part of Pennsylvania, the idea of equity in education wasn’t top-of-mind for me when I was a high school student. Nor was the whole idea that some kids might not have the same kind of opportunities as others.Continue Reading
Best Practices for Service Documentation
In the world of IDEA, documentation is a requirement. However, documentation practices in school districts have no universal standard. This can lead to major problems both for students and districts ― like due process hearings and issues with continuity of service. So, in the absence of universal standards, your district should create best practices of its own. Here is some information to help you get started.Continue Reading
Working with Parents in Special Education
Working in special education can be very rewarding. It can also be extremely challenging. One of the many reasons it can be challenging is working with parents. Parents want the best for their kids – which is how it should be. Sometimes they have specific ideas about how that should look in a school setting. And sometimes those ideas turn into requests, or even demands, and conflict with what educators believe is appropriate for student support.Continue Reading