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Parents are a critical part of the decision making about a child's special education program.They know their child better than anyone! They have the complete picture of the child's physical, social, developmental and family history. They know where their child has been and will be involved in their life and education beyond the school year. And, research has shown that children do better when their parents are involved!

 

 

starParent Mentors 

The Georgia Parent Mentor Partnership (GaPMP) is designed to build home and school collaboration. Over 80 Georgia school districts employ parents of children with disabilities who work to increase family engagement into all school activities.

Find out more about the Georgia Parent Mentor Partnership.Find the Parent Mentor in your School District.

 

starGeorgia PTA

Georgia PTA represents its members at the state legislature, state board of education and other education and child-focused organizations; provides support and training for local PTAs through workshops and publications and coordinates special projects to promote the welfare of Georgia's children and youth.

Find out more about the Georgia PTA.

 

starGeorgia DOE "Get Involved"

The Georgia Department of Education and the Georgia Parental Information and Resource Center teamed up with Georgia Public Broadcasting to create video stories of real parents telling their real stories. The 15 parent videos along with an introduction video are available in English and Spanish.

 

starParent Power: Build the Bridge to Success

The US DOE developed this guideline of principles and steps for parents to help your child learn at each step of the way and ensure success in school and life. English version. Spanish version.

 

starA School Story by Anne Ladd 

I was very reluctant to send my child to public school. We had a wonderful experience in the Babies Can’t Wait program and had found a great inclusive daycare where my son received all of his therapies. So when it came time to “transition” at age 3, . . . Read more of this story.

 

 

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starA Teacher's Story by Kathy Harwell

Teachers have a lot of influence on your children. When you realize that someone other than family is responsible for the care of your child for over 7 hours a day, it is important to have that person on your team. Teachers are like cantaloupes, some are better than others! The important thing to remember is that teachers are human . . . Read more of this story.

 

starTips for School Success

  • Get to know your school and the school district. 
  • Read the student and the parent handbooks. 
  • Attend all  IEP meetings and be prepared with ideas, suggestions, and questions.
  • Talk to the school if your child has a problem that may affect how he/she does in school. 
  • Express any concerns about your child's progress openly with the school. 
  • Be organized! Keep a file folder with your child's important school records and papers. 
  • Attend school functions. 
  • Volunteer in the classroom and school!

Find more Tips for School Success

Helping Your Child with Disabilities with Homework (Spanish,Arabic,Chinese,Vietnamese,Korean, Japanese)