Legal LiteracyPosted by Angie Balsley on 9/6/2018 7:00:00 AM
Have you ever wondered why special education laws and procedures exist? Are you concerned that there could be laws you don’t even know about, yet should be following? The provision of special education to students with disabilities is not only a complex and individualized process involving many stakeholders, but it is also a practice that is governed by federal and state laws.
A national survey found that because the vast majority of American teachers have not taken a course in school law, teachers are uninformed or misinformed about their basic legal rights and responsibilities and those of their students. Because of the confusion around special education law, educators may unintentionally violate students’ rights or otherwise fail to carry out legal responsibilities (Schimmel & Militello, 2007).
This year, my series of articles in the Earlywood Special Edition will be written to build your legal literacy. Building the legal literacy of school personnel was one of my research findings related to proactive actions taken to prevent special education litigation (Balsley, 2018). I will draw heavily from the work of Dr. Janet Decker, J.D., IU Education Law Professor and co-author of How To Prevent Special Education Litigation: Eight Legal Lesson Plans (Umpstead, Decker, Brady, Schimmel, & Militello, 2015). Stay tuned and feel free to reach out to me with follow-up questions!
Dr. Angie Balsley, Executive Director
Support for You!Posted by Angie Balsley on 8/17/2018 7:00:00 AM
Greetings Colleagues! I am excited to launch into a new school year with you! This is Earlywood’s forty-fifth year serving the students, educators, and families in our member districts. We remain committed to providing exceptional service and guidance. In this article, I will highlight three of the ways Earlywood is here to support you.
First of all, the Earlywood Educational Services website (www.earlywood.org) is loaded with information, links, resources, and videos. We’re constantly working to add and refresh the content on our website.
Secondly, Earlywood provides a fabulous selection of high-quality and personalized professional learning experiences. Check out our scheduled training sessions in our Professional Development Catalog. While you pursue the training options, note the topics available “on-demand” and our commitment to customizing trainings to meet your needs.
Finally, the Earlywood Special Edition newsletter features information and resources to keep you refreshed on best practices within our profession. We welcome anyone to subscribe to our newsletter via the homepage of our website. Previous articles published by Earlywood employees are also archived on our website. Prior articles featured information on social emotional and social communication learning, universal design for learning, transition, and technology.
Earlywood’s website, professional development, and newsletter are just three of the many ways we are here to support you. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us and take full advantage of our services.
Cheers to a new school year!