Snkids.org statement to the San Mateo Foster City School Board on 2018 Annual Special Education Report
Listen to teachers, parents and professionals when they suspect that a child has an issue — our children can not get back the years that are lost in the system.
- Be aware of the role of the SELPA and encourage use of the many resources they offer to Districts
- Encourage more transparency regarding SST practices, sharing of information for the IEP process and services, consider adding a page to the Website with contacts, info, links to SELPA, etc.
- Consider a review of all Board Policies re: Special Education – do we have all the policies we need? (i.e. suspensions, expulsions, behavioral interventions, etc.)
- Implement 504 Policy, Notice of Parent Rights under Section 504 & Oversight (not SPED per SMFC); required per SELPA
Additional comments on the Annual Report
Basic, usual information – no performance data or analysis; however, I am encouraged by future looking statements – Thank you for this!
- Improved academic achievement with numbers
- Collaboration with General Education & Special Education
- Promising Practices – already in practice at certain sites, such as Laurel (SPED 4/5 Mod/Severe w/ 3rd Grade Team (inspired by teachers) – meaningful integration in academics/PE/Social Dev through “Buddies”)
- Also Zap the Gap – SMCOE publication re San Carlos; Raising Academic Achievement for demographic subgroups, incl SWD’s through collaborative classrooms, personalized learning, analysis of DATA! (lower SED% demographic)
- Data – By knowing how & what we’re doing, we can improve
Co-founded by Steve Davis, Jenny McPherson & Chelsea Bonini
An association of parents and educators seeking better outcomes for all special needs kids through improved systems, policies & practices
- Convening of professionals to share information and learn current systems and practices
- Researching & gathering anecdotal records of experiences
- Encouraging District focus on transparency, accessibility, accountability & outcomes
Participation in legislative engagement and policy advocacy at the local, county, state and federal levels
- Reality for parents’ of special needs kids is constant stress, frustration, exhaustion, confusion, fear, chaos – they need our help to navigate these complex issues
- We’ve gathered many stories from parents and teachers re: apparent gaps in the system, in policy, and inconsistency in our practice and culture of identification
- The answer should not be to “hire” and advocate or attorney, we hear this too often
- We are hopeful that the District can do better for all kids, and want to work collaboratively to help identify ways we can improve
What do you think the district can do better to help special needs kids?