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Based on federal legislation parents are to be participants in special education for their school districts (Indicator #8).  A district can participate with this initiative by working with DPI and CESA 8 by including a parent liaison at the district level. This project is primarily funded through an IDEA Discretionary grant, but local funding is necessary.

Activities for the parent liaison in cooperation with CESA 8 are as follows:

  • Assist with gathering and disseminating materials and information to  parents.

  • Setup a parent resource library.

  • Organize reimbursements to district parent liaisons.

  • Attend training and regional meetings to gain knowledge about the special education process and services, and be available to share with parents, teachers, and administrators.

  • Mentor support and provide information to parents

  • Assist districts with parent meetings/advisory councils on an ongoing basis.

  • Provide workshops for parents (IEP, Communication, Bullying, etc.)  Provide Family Engagement Facilitator at the District level.

For more information, contact:

Sara Nerenhausen, Director/Family Engagement Coordinator

Statewide Information and Support at 833.879.7734 is another option for families to call as part of a statewide support system.