Category: Communication with Schools

Ohio’s Guide to Parent Rights in Special Education (Available in 13 languages)

This guide by the Ohio Department of Education can help parents and caregivers understand your rights and your child’s rights according to Federal law (I.D.E.A.) and the Ohio Operating Standards regarding special education supports...

Ohio’s Dispute Resolution Process Helps Schools and Families Resolve Differences When Supporting Students with Disabilities

Situations may arise where parents or other family members believe a school has violated federal or state law. In these cases, there is a specific process to resolve disputes, as outlined by the Ohio...

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Talking Points: A Free App Teachers and Families Can Use to Translate their Text Messages Back and Forth

Two-way communication between families and schools is extremely important in times where teachers are providing remote instruction. To ensure that all families can understand and benefit from school communications, families and teachers can download...

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Guidance for Families of Children Learning English – How to Make Sure Your Child has the Resources They Need in the Classroom

This toolkit from the Improving Instruction Project has resources for families of children who are learning English. The guides for families on their website include: Building Successful Communication Between Parents/Guardians and Teachers Working with...

Intentional Partnerships Podcast

“Each episode of the Intentional Partnerships Podcast offers an on-the-ground perspective from real people exploring their shared values around family engagement. Over the 11-episode season, you’ll hear from teachers, parents, district administrators, early childhood...

Fact Sheet for non English proficient families

Fact Sheet: Info for Families with Limited English Language Proficiency and for School Staff who Communicate with Them (Available in 11 Languages)

This fact sheet answers common questions about the rights of parents and guardians who do not speak, listen, read, or write English proficiently because it is not their primary language. Translations of the fact...

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Ohio Family Story: Transition from Homeschool to Formal Education

Kenyona and her husband decided to homeschool their children through kindergarten and first grade. While both children have since transitioned to private school, the idea of no longer homeschooling her children left Kenyona second-guessing...

How to Prepare for a Conversation with your Child’s Teacher

Understood.org will help you to feel prepared for a great conversation with your child’s teacher. Though their focus is on supporting families of children with learning/attention issues, their resources are very helpful for any...