Parent’s Guide to Compensatory Education and Recovery Services

MD State Department of Education created a guide to help families understand what Compensatory Education and Recovery Services is, how the process works, and the steps that families can take if a family has questions or disagrees with the school.

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Collecting Data at Home

How do you know if  your child is meeting their IEP goals?  How can you collect data at home? Use the questions and suggestions attached to help you.

Resource: PDF Collecting Data at Home
Building Independence

Building independence at home is possible during this time when so many are working and doing school at home.  Look at these suggestions for ways to build independence at home and master some IEP goals.

Resource: PDF Building Independence
IEP Checklist for Parents of Students with the Most Significant Cognitive Disabilities

Don’t know what to ask at an IEP meeting? This checklist provides some ideas for preparing for your IEP meeting to best support your child with the most significant cognitive disabilities and asking for inclusive practices.

Resource: PDF IEP Checklist for Parents of Students with the Most Significant Cognitive Disabilities
Present Levels of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance- PLAAFP

We are often asked during an IEP meeting “What is your child’s present level? PLAAFP?”  Do you know what this acronym means? Use this resource to help you answer and contribute to the conversation.

Resource: PDF Present Levels of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance- PLAAFP
MSDE TAB Supplement to #20-09: Tips to Support Data Collection by Parents During Virtual or Hybrid Learning

Maryland State Department of Education Technical Assistance Bulletin: Tips to Support Data Collection by Parents During Virtual or Hybrid Learning

Resource: PDF Tips to Support Data Collection by Parents During Virtual or Hybrid Learning
MSDE TAB Supplement to #20-09: Tips to Support Behavior & Social Emotional Well-Being During Transitions Across Service Delivery Models

Maryland State Department of Education Technical Assistance Bulletin: Tips to Support Behavior & Social Emotional Well-Being During Transitions Across Service Delivery Models

Resource: PDF Tips to Support Behavior & Social Emotional Well-Being During Transitions Across Service Delivery Models
MSDE TAB Supplement to #20-09: Tips to Address Special Education Staff Shortages, Scheduling, and Logistical Challenges Across Varied Service Delivery Models

Maryland State Department of Education Technical Assistance Bulletin: Tips to Address Special Education Staff Shortages, Scheduling, and Logistical Challenges Across Varied Service Delivery Models

Resource: PDF Tips to Address Special Education Staff Shortages, Scheduling, and Logistical Challenges Across Varied Service Delivery Models
MSDE TAB Supplement to #20-03: Tips for Supporting Engagement of Students with Disabilities through Alternative Service Delivery Models

Maryland State Department of Education Technical Assistance Bulletin: Tips for Supporting Engagement of Students with Disabilities through Alternative Service Delivery Models

Resource: PDF Tips for Supporting Engagement of Students with Disabilities through Alternative Service Delivery Models
Maryland Procedural Safeguards Notice

This notice includes an explanation of parental rights for children receiving services through an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) or an Individualized Education Program (IEP).

Resource: PDF Maryland Procedural Safeguards Notice
Special Education State Complaint

See here a factsheet about the State Complaint Process, as well as a model letter for filing a state complaint and the Special Education State Complaint Form, which we have made fillable so you can fill it out on your computer.

Attached is also a document from the Maryland State Department of Education which explains their special education state complaint resolution procedures, and a parent’s guide to frequently asked questions about special education state complaints.

Below you will also find DRM’s Sample MSDE Complaint.

 

Resource: PDF State Complaint Process PDF Filing a Complaint with the State Education Agency PDF Special Education State Complaint Form PDF MARYLAND STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION SPECIAL EDUCATION STATE COMPLAINT RESOLUTION PROCEDURES PDF A Parent’s Guide to Frequently Asked Questions About Special Education State Complaints PDF State Complaint Form Part B PDF Sample MSDE Complaint
Dispute Resolution

PPMD has created this image to help you understand your available dispute resolution options.

Resource: PDF Dispute Resolution
History of Special Education

Do you know the history of Special Education? Use this factsheet to learn about the beginning of Special Education law to present day law.

Resource: PDF History of Special Education
Alphabet Soup: A Guide to Special Education Acronyms

There are lots of acronyms in the Special Education world, which can be very confusing. Use this list as a guide to understanding the meaning of Special Education acronyms.

Resource: PDF Alphabet Soup: A Guide to Special Education Acronyms
Maryland IEP Timeline

When will your child’s IEP be developed? When should updated evaluations of your child be conducted? Find answers to your questions about the timeline of the IEP process using PPMD’s Maryland IEP Timeline.

Resource: PDF Maryland IEP Timeline
Model Letters

To make sure your requests, concerns and/or questions are understood, it is important to document them in writing. PPMD has a new resource that parents can use for specific requests and situations. Use these samples letters as models when you write your own.

Resource: PDF Discussing a Problem PDF Requesting a Due Process Hearing PDF Request a Meeting to Review Your Child's IEP PDF Requesting a Change in Your Child's Placement PDF Requesting an Independent Evaluation of Your Child PDF Requesting an Initial Evaluation For Special Education Services PDF Requesting Mediation PDF Requesting Prior Written Notice PDF Requesting Your Child's Records PDF Filing a Complaint with the State Education Agency PDF Requesting a Section 504 Plan PDF Request a Meeting to ReviewYour Child’s Progress -Letter URL
Benefits of Effective Family Engagement: For Students, Parents, and Educators

This factsheet provides examples of the benefits of effective family engagement in three categories: benefits for students, benefits for parents, and benefits for educators.

Resource: PDF Benefits of Effective Family Engagement PDF Beneficios de la participaciónfamiliar efectivaPara estudiantes, padres y educadores
Accommodations and Modifications

What is the difference between accommodations and modifications? Use this factsheet to better understand the differences.

Resource: PDF Accommodations and Modifications
5 Special Factors in IEP Development

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) lists five special factors that your child’s IEP team must consider while developing your child’s IEP. Use this factsheet to learn about these five special factors.

Resource: PDF 5 Special Factors in IEP Development PDF Factores especiales en el desarrollo del IEP
Common Accommodations and Modifications in School

There are many ways teachers can help kids who are struggling in school. Here are some
common accommodations and modifications that schools and families can discuss as possible options for kids.

Resource: PDF Common Accommodations and Modifications in School PDF Adaptaciones y modificaciones comunes en la escuela
Integrated Tiered System of Supports

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) supports using a multi-tiered or level system of supports. This gives educators the tools needed to meet the needs of ALL students. Learn about Integrated Tiered System of Supports with this factsheet.

Resource: PDF Integrated Tiered System of Supports
Free Appropriate Public Education

Use this factsheet to understand what it means to truly have Free and Appropriate Public Education.

Resource: PDF Free Appropriate Public Education PDF Educación Pública Gratuititay Apropiada (FAPE, por sus siglas en ingles)
Specially Designed Instruction Is and Is Not

Use this guide to understand what is and what isn’t Specially Designed Instruction (SDI).

Resource: PDF SDI Is and Is Not PDF Instrucción especialmente diseñada o Specially Designed Instruction en inglés (SDI)
Ditch the Clip! Why Clip Charts are NOT a PBIS Practice and What To Do Instead

Read this to learn why clip charts are inconsistent with a PBIS approach and can be harmful. This document also describes alternative strategies that are more likely to improve student behavior while promoting a safe, positive classroom.

Resource: PDF Ditch the Clip!
MSDE TAB: Home and Hospital Teaching Supplement on Students with Disabilities

View the Maryland State Department of Education’s Technical Assistance Bulletin on Home and Hospital Teaching. This document answers frequently asked questions, that you may have, about about Home and Hospital Teaching.

Resource: PDF MSDE TAB: Home and Hospital Teaching
Webinar: Data Collection during COVID-19

Watch this webinar to learn how to track your child’s progress while engaging in virtual learning from home.

Resource: PPMD Webinar Data Collection during COVID-19
Parent Tips for a Virtual IEP Meeting

IEP meetings will still be held despite not being able to meet in person. Read these tips on how to prepare and take part in a virtual IEP meeting.

Resource: PDF PDF Consejos Para Padres Para Reuniones Virtuales de IEP
IDEA Dispute Resolution Guides from CADRE

CADRE’s IDEA Dispute Resolution Parent Guides inform parents about their dispute resolution rights and options. These Parent Guides now have companion videos. The videos include:  IEP Facilitation, Mediation, Written State Complaints, and Due Process.

Resource: URL CADRE IDEA Dispute Resolution Parent Guides
Navigating the Special Education System Guide

Created by the Organization for Autism Research, this special education guide is designed to give each family the information and tools needed to successfully navigate the education system anywhere in the country.

 

Resource: URL Navigating Special Education
Military Parents: Guide for Schools & Parents Compact

GUIDE FOR SCHOOLS/PARENTS

What is the Compact?

The Compact deals with the challenges of military children and their frequent relocations. It allows for uniform treatment as military children transfer between school districts in member states.

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Independent IEP Meeting Facilitation

The goal of the facilitated IEP meeting is to help IEP team members communicate effectively and develop an educational program to meet the child’s need.

Facilitated IEP Brochure

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Extended Early Intervention Services

This fact sheet informs families about extending services from age 3 until kindergarten, through an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP).

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What Is The 5-day Rule and How Does It Affect Me?

This resource explains Maryland’s 5-Day Rule, a law that enables parents to prepare and participate in their child’s IEP.

Resource: PDF PDF ¿CUÁL ES LA REGLA DE LOS 5 DÍAS? ¿Y CÓMO ME AFECTA?
Section 504

This brief fact sheet gives an overview of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, a law banning disability discrimination in public schools.

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MSDE Technical Assistance on Missed IEP Services

This MSDE bulletin provides guidance on the decision-making for missed IEP services. See questions related to missed services that are often asked by local school systems.

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IEP Meeting Tips

Parents are equal members of the IEP team. Finding ways to effectively advocate for your child during IEP meetings can be difficult. These tips will help prepare you for your next meeting.

Resource: PDF IEP Meeting Tips
Maryland Assessment, Accessibility, and Accommodations Policy Manual

This policy manual outlines the process for use in the selection, administration, and evaluation of the effectiveness of instructional and assessment accommodations for students with disabilities and Section 504.

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Tips for Participating in Your Child’s IEP Meeting

IEP meetings can be overwhelming with lots of moving parts but it is important that families contribute and partner in the meeting. This checklist has some tips to help families more fully participate in their child’s IEP meeting.

Resource: PDF Tips for Participating in Your Child’s IEP Meeting
The Role of School Nurses in Transition Planning

The nurse can be a vital member of the IEP team. This short video explains their role in the development of the IEP.

Resource: PPMD Webinar The Role of School Nurses in Transition Planning
IEP Process Guide

This document, developed by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), details the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process.

Resource: URL IEP Process Guide
Maryland Medicaid Home and Community-Based Long Term Care Services

This guide describes the range of home and community-based services available through Medicaid and can help consumers, families, and health care professionals make informed decisions about long-term care services.

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Understanding the Evaluation, Eligibility, and Individualized Education Program (IEP) Process in Maryland

This document contains information to help you understand your child’s rights, your rights and responsibilities, and the school’s responsibilities to meet the needs of your child. It also contains a description of the Child Find process, information about evaluation and eligibility, and information about the IEP process.

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