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Special Education Resources

Here is a list of resources that Special Education Surrogate Parents, caregivers, and child welfare professionals may find to be useful or interesting. We have articles and resources pertaining to the topics below.  Also visit our Consider This… archives page to find articles featured in our monthly emailed news journal!

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Basic Rights and Principles of Special Education:

Bullying and IEP Considerations:

Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative:

Discipline Regulations for Public Schools in Massachusetts

Developing IEPs:

Emotional Development of Children and Adolescents:

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA):

  • How Will the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Support Students in Foster Care? The new federal legislation passed by Congress on December 10, 2015 addresses school stability and success for students in the nation’s child welfare system. For the first time, federal education law seeks to offer protections to a very vulnerable population. This brief Q and A outlines these specific protections and provides resources for further information.

Independent Educational Evaluations:

Integrating the Child into the School Community:

Manifestation and Expulsion Hearings:

MCAS Accommodations:

Measuring Effective Progress:

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports:

  • Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative (TLPI), a collaboration between the Massachusetts Advocates for Children and Harvard Law School sets out the “Flexible Framework” for creating safe and supportive whole-school environments
  • Explanation and examination of a Functional Behavioral Assessment and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

Procedural Rights and Safeguards:

Timelines and Procedures:

Transition Planning:

Trauma Resources:

Understanding Standardized Test Scores:

Writing Social-Emotional Goals: