CART FEEDBACK QUESTION for:

APRIL
In what ways do you communicate information regarding Transition and agency services? To parents? To staff? How often?

To Parents:

  • Annual IEP meetings
  • Transition meetings
  • Folder of resources and contact numbers are provided
  • Parent training nights
  • Transition Fairs
  • Info sent home by case managers
  • Open Houses
  • Website postings
  • Emails - updates as well as individualized contacts
  • Hard copies of info sent home to parents
  • Info from CART meetings are scanned and placed on common staff drive. Copies are then sent home with every student
  • Parent letters
  • Parent phone calls
  • Parent conferences
  • Parent contacts through work experience
  • Agencies in schools
  • Variety of field trips and site visits
  • Outreach presentations
  • Monthly newsletters
  • Message boards
  • Bulletin boards
  • Virtual library
  • Twitter
  • Facebook

To Staff:
  • Info shared at monthly SpEd department meetings
  • Info shared at monthly staff meetings
  • Professional Development
  • Bi-monthly newsletters
  • Summary of CART agenda and handouts emailed to staff after monthly meetings
  • Individual conferencing with staff regarding specific issues

WHAT STEPS HAS YOUR DISTRICT TAKEN TO ADDRESS KEYSTONE EXAMS AND/OR CHANGES IN GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS WITH IEPS?
  • Project based class for students who were not Advanced or Proficient
  • Differentiated diploma options
  • IEP team decision for: Retaking Keystones, Project Based option or Exemption
  • Rigorous criteria being developed for those being exempted from retakes or project based options
  • Classes developed for Keystone practice; other options being developed
  • Remediation classes
  • Remediation using I-Ready, Total Reader
  • Adjusting and creating modified version of career based graduation project


MARCH
Have you ever had parents who were resistant to agency involvement? If so, what strategies have you found that have been successful in encouraging parents to pursue services?

  • "Discuss cost or what is free/provided."
  • "Take advantage of services now while entitled to them; soon enough they might go away or be much more difficult to obtain. Remind parents that services are not set in stone. They can always change their minds."
  • "Education is key! Resistance usually stems from lack of knowledge."
  • "Outline services that can be provided to them and what the student may miss out on if they don't have them. Document in the IEP that you have provided the information, even if they refuse services."
  • "Have parents meet face to face with agency personnel instead of asking or talking about it."
  • "Education! Document in IEP! Make sure parents know what won't be able to occur if they refuse!"