Family Engagement in Special Education

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We are proud to announce our new Family Engagement Project in collaboration with the Tennessee Department of Education.

Please join us for a Community Conversation on Family Engagement in Special Education near you! We have two coming up:

WEST TENNESSEE (Memphis): Tuesday, April 9, 6:30-8:00 pm. Register HERE

EAST TENNESSEE (Knoxville): Tuesday, May 9th, 6:30-8:00 pm. Register HERE

These conversations are for families and educators of students birth to 22 to share thoughts on strengthening family engagement in special education. These ideas will be gathered together to form resources to guide the State Department of Education on ways we can better train teachers to help families become more involved. Every voice matters, so please invite your friends! If you can't join us in person, you can participate on our Facebook page LIVE during the event times HERE.

Exciting new resources will help families engage in their child's journey in special education:

  • Dedicated web presence
  • Web-based training
  • Newsletter
  • Regional training events
  • Community conversations
  • Feedback opportunities
  • Social media campaigns with shareable resources for families


Adverse Impact: special education eligibility - not just about academics
Life Course Tools: resources for charting your child's life path
Prior Written Notice: when a change is proposed or refused at school
New Draft IEP Rule: requires parents receive a copy of their child's draft IEP
Corporal Punishment: Learn about your rights when it comes to corporal punishment in special education in TN

For more information or if your district would like to request a training on family engagement, please contact Jennifer Aprea, Family Engagement Project Coordinator or call 615-248-5878 x 312.

To sign up for our Family Engagement newsletter, click HERE.


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