Sharing Useful Articles with School Personnel
Meredith G. Warshaw,
Special Needs Educational Advisor
When sharing information with school personnel, it is
important to remember that they are unlikely to find time to read long articles
or see all the connections that are clear to you. They are also most
likely to accept information that comes from sources respected in the
educational community. In order to maximize the likelihood of them getting
the information you feel is most crucial, I suggest the following steps:
1. Choose articles from experts in the field or sources that are known and
respected in the educational community.
2. Find the shortest articles that you feel provide the most crucial
3. Highlight the most important points in each article.
4. Present the articles in order of importance.
5. If there is important information spread out over several articles,
prepare a summary page listing the most important points and referencing the
rest of the articles.
When explaining why these points are important, be sure to emphasize that
understanding them is necessary in order for the child to get an appropriate
education. Do not say that this will lead to the “best” education – IDEA’s
requirement is that children get FAPE (Free Appropriate Public Education).
Copyright 2002, 2004 Meredith G. Warshaw