All parents can and should participate meaningfully in their children’s education, including those whose children receive special education services. Research demonstrates that parent/family involvement significantly contributes to improved student outcomes. Engagement between family members and educators is seen through coordinated efforts as well as joint agenda setting and decision-making and is evidenced by higher levels of trust.
[Abstract] Family–school partnerships have a positive impact on both students and schools, yet they remain challenging to establish and maintain, particularly in the presence of parent–teacher conflict. The purpose of this qualitative study was to examine the experiences of parents, teachers, and...Learn more
Justice afforded by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), is largely dependent on: 1) the parents and educators knowledge of the responsibilities and limitations under this law and others, and 2) the parents and educators ability to effectively advocate their respective positions for the student and work together productively to either prevent disputes or resolve them when they arise. While IDEA specifically requires the dissemination of procedural safeguards and school district personnel are specifically trained in special education, little importance is given to...