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For Family Members


Steps to Success: Communicating with Your Child's School Offers specific communication skills that may be helpful to parents as they develop and maintain partnerships with their child's school. A CADRE publication. This document was published in May 2004.

Effective IEP Meetings: Tested Tips This brief document offers suggestions for convening successful IEP meetings and includes preparation tips for parents and educators.

Working Together: Building Improved Communication is a collection of CADRE resources designed to support effective collaboration between parents, schools, and early childhood programs.

Facilitated IEP Meetings: An Emerging Practice This guide provides an introduction to IEP facilitation for parents and other family members to help orient them to this emerging practice. This document was published in November 2004.

Encouraging Meaningful Parent/Educator Collaboration: A Recent Review of Literature This document synthesizes findings from a number of recent academic studies and policy publications. Among the highlights is the idea that involvement may be too narrow a term to encapsulate the range and depth of partnerships that support students' success.

Parents and Educators Working Toward Mutual Solutions This video, Parents and Educators Working Toward Mutual Solutions, was developed in 2002 by the Technical Assistance Alliance for Parent Centers (the Alliance) and CADRE.

Educating Our Children Together: A Sourcebook for Effective Family-School-Community Partnerships This sourcebook was designed to identify and describe promising practices in family-community-school involvement occurring in pre-K-12 school environments across the country. The book includes guiding principles for family-school-community involvement, tips for getting started, a self-assessment tool to determine current practices, strategies, and program descriptions.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Mediation This publication has been developed by the Consortium for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE)in partnership with the National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY) to respond to the host of questions that many parents, teachers, administrators, and others have about mediation. A CADRE Publication. This document was published in July 2002.

Families and Schools: Resolving Disputes through Mediation Many questions have been raised on exactly what mediation is and how it is done. This publication has been developed by the Consortium for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE) in partnership with the National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY)to respond to some of the questions that so many parents, teachers, administrators, and others have about mediation. Through the presentation of real life stories, the reader will gain a better understanding of the mediation process and its inherent flexibility. As different as these stories are, each ends with a successfully negotiated agreement making it possible for the children involved to get the services they need and the parents and schools to work together with renewed collaboration and partnership. A CADRE Publication. This document was published in July 2002.

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