Tool Kit: Advocating for Your Child
Learn to be an advocate for your child in school.
How can I advocate for my child at school?
- Advocating for Your Child: Getting Started [http://wrightslaw.com/advoc/articles/advocacy.intro.htm] provides information on why you should advocate, the different types of advocates, what advocates do, and how to effectively advocate.
- Becoming a Children's Champion through Advocacy [http://www.education.com/reference/article/becoming-childrens-champion-through/] offers ways to become more involved in the surrounding community and advocate for all children, not just your child.
- Parents as Advocates [http://www.education.com/reference/article/parents-as-adocates/] provides information on advocating and how to effectively advocate for your child. This website offers useful tips about how to advocate and how to overcome obstacles that you may face when you advocating.
- Working with Teachers and Schools: Helping Your Child Succeed in School [http://www.education.com/reference/article/Ref_Working_Schools/] gives you a guide to information about when to talk to your child’s teacher, how to talk to your child’s teacher and how to make the parent-teacher conference as effective as possible.
How do I advocate for my child with special needs?
- The ABC's of Advocacy for Children with Special Needs [http://www.education.com/reference/article/Ref_ABCs_Advocacy/] provides information about how to advocate for your child with special needs through knowledge of the law and the specific processes that are involved with getting your child the services he/she needs.
- Advocating for Your Chronically Ill Child Within The School Setting http://pcca.hypermart.net/advocating.html] provides information about how to advocate for your child who is chronically ill—it offers information about when to start advocating, and how to effectively advocate.
- Advocating for your School-Aged Child [http://www.ncld.org/at-school/your-childs-rights/advocacy-self-advocacy/advocating-for-your-school-aged-child] provides information about advocating for children with special needs. This website provides information about how to determine if your child is eligible for special needs and what your parent rights are.
- Wrightslaw: Advocating for Your Child [http://wrightslaw.com/advoc/articles/advocacy.intro.htm] provides the legal information that you may need to know about how to advocate for your child, and the necessary steps you need to take to become an effective advocate.
Where can I learn more about advocating for my child in Illinois?
- Illinois State Board of Education Home Page [http://www.isbe.state.il.us/default.htm] provides information about a wide variety of topics related to education including the budget, an assessment of how your child’s school is doing, what Response to Intervention is, and what the learning standards are for the state.
- Illinois State Board of Education Parent/Student Resource Page [http://www.isbe.state.il.us/students3.htm] provides a wide variety of resources and laws regarding a child’s education. This website is a fantastic resource when looking for specific laws about education. It is important to know information about legally what services your child is eligible for in order to properly access these resources.
What are other ways that I can help my child succeed in school?
- Department of Education - Helping Your Child Succeed in School [http://www2.ed.gov/parents/academic/help/succeed/index.html] is a brochure which provides detailed information and activities about helping your child succeed in school.
- Parent Involvement = Student Success [http://www.dlt.ri.gov/lmi/pdf/parentsbrochure.pdf] provides tips about how to help your child succeed in school. These tips include meeting you child’s teacher, asking questions, joining your school’s parent-teacher group, and helping out at your child’s school.