On The Call: Parent Participation

by Jeremy Neff & Erin Wessendorf-Wortman

Determining the right amount of parent participation can feel like rowing a boat in a thunderstorm. Jeremy and Erin try to help you steer the boat by identifying what is required and needed versus what is not, and how to find the right balance of engagement and communication throughout the process. They share the details of a decision from the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit that highlights the importance of ensuring the required procedural safeguards are in place at the frontend of the process so the relationship doesn’t go down like the Titanic.

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Looking for more information on this topic? Jeremy will be revisiting it during his “Building Parent Partnerships for Meaningful Participation” presentation at the LRP National Institute in New Orleans the week of April 17. He will also lead a session on “Coaching the Coaches and Advising the Advisors” regarding Section 504 compliance in extracurricular activities. Pam Leist is providing a half-day session on “All Things Autism” at the Post-Institute Symposium. This is the third year running with at least one member of the Ennis Britton Special Education Team speaking at this national conference.