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Learning Exercise

Material: IDEA Practices
Submitted by: Tamarah Ashton on Aug 26, 2000
Date Last Modified: Aug 26, 2000
Title: Helping Parents Understand IDEA
Description: The main piece of special education legislation, IDEA, is often cumbersome to discuss with parents. This assignment explores other avenues of providing this information to parents.
Type of Task: Individual, Student-centered, Supplemental activity, Unsupervised
Time Required 30 to 60 minutes
Topics: IDEA
Course: IEPs and Legislation
Audience: College Upper Div Major
Prerequisites Skills: Working knowledge of IDEA
Learning Objectives: To learn the basic concepts of IDEA that need to be conveyed to parents.
To find alternative routes of explanation.
Text of Learning Exercise:
1. Visit the IDEA Practices website (

2. Imagine that you are sitting at an IEP meeting as the special education
teacher and you are attempting to cover the basic elements of IDEA with parents
who are new to you.

3. Describe how you might introduce this site to the parents.

4. What specific areas might you tell them to investigate at this site?
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