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1. The Art of Writing Letters
"A friend loaned me From Emotions to Advocacy to help me write an effective letter for my child's file. She explained why a letter is better than talking with the principal. Now there is documentation of my discussions with the teachers and our agreement that my child will receive appropriate homework assignments."
"So, I decided to order your books as a gift for myself!"
When parents fire off a letter to the school, they are usually in the middle of a crisis that involves their child. They feel helpless and anxious. They want to DO SOMETHING. They may be trying to right a wrong or protect their child from harm.
In The Art of Writing Letters, you learn two approaches to letter writing, the Blame Approach and the Story-Telling Approach. You learn the differences between business letters and therapeutic letters - and why you should never send therapeutic letters to the school.
Before you send a strongly worded letter to the school, you need to keep several things in mind.
* After send a letter to the school, it is out of your hands forever. You can never change it!
* Schools are bureaucracies. Your letter will be read by strangers.
* Your reader will not wade through a long letter in hopes that you included a valuable nugget of information
* Your your letter is a personal statement about you and your situation. What do you say about yourself when you write an angry, threatening, or demanding letter?
Art of Writing Letters," the #1 article in November and
Trails and Letter Writing.
2. Assertiveness and Effective Advocacy
In this short article, advocate Marie Sherrett describes joys and challenges of parent advocacy. To be a good advocate, you need to be aware of your interpersonal style. What category do you fall into?
Pacifists or those who gets things done;
3. Preventing Burnout in the People Who Help Us - and Ourselves
"I worry that the people in the system who are helping me and our kids will get burned out and quit - which is the last thing we want to see!"
"So, having discovered how much it cheers and reinvigorates me when I get thank you notes from clients or others I've helped, I've started a campaign to spread the cheer. It takes just a few minutes of time and ..."
Burnout in People Who Help Us - And Ourselves by advocate
and educational consultant Meredith Warshaw.
4. Coming Soon! New Issue of The Beacon
Beacon: The Journal of Special Education Law and Practice
is a multi-disciplinary electronic journal of special education
law and practice published by Harbor
House Law Press.
The Beacon publishes articles and essays for attorneys, advocates and others who are interested in special education law and practice. Each issue focuses on a theme and includes practical and theoretical articles.
This issue of The Beacon
includes articles by attorneys, an advocate, a speech by the
Secretary of Education, and an excerpt from Wrightslaw:
No Child Left Behind, the new book from Harbor House Law
Press. Learn about changing educational standards, reading,
research, and assessments, and the No Child Left Behind Act.
5. Put Wrightslaw Training on Your To-do List for the New Year
Wrightslaw training programs focus on four areas: special education laws, rights & responsibilities; how to use the bell curve to measure progress & regression; SMART IEPs; and tactics & strategies for effective advocacy.
Our Winter schedule includes programs in:
Lauderdale, FL (Boot Camp)
are scheduling programs for Fall 2004 and 2005. If you are
interested in bringing Pete & Pam Wright to your community,
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