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Takeaways: Sarah Platenberg, educational advocate, joins me for a discussion with simple steps to follow to successfully start the school year.
It is so important to be proactive in special education advocacy. Too many parents and educators rely on allowing things to runs their course, hoping for the best, and relying on other people. This episode helps listeners and viewers take matters into their own hands by using three simple strategies: Communicate, Progress Monitor, and Get Involved. Sarah and I discuss examples of communication that parents should send before the school year starts like All About Me Books and back to school emails. We talk about what parents should do if they don’t know what is happening at school. She explains how parents can engage in their student’s education by progress monitoring. And she talks about WHEN the communication should occur (Hint: it’s never too late to get things back on track!).
Sara Platenberg has a Masters Degree in Education with a focus in Gifted and Talented and Twice Exceptional Populations. She served the public school system in Virginia as a Gifted and Talented Specialist where she focused on Twice Exceptionality and meeting the needs of 2E students while utilizing researched based inclusion strategies. Her years as an educator and experience implementing strategies to meet the needs of students with learning differences, helped support Sara as she began navigating the public school special education system on a personal level.
Her 12 plus years of experience include: Gifted and Talented Educator in Fairfax County; Private tutor in written expression/language and SAT prep, and Educational Advocate. Sara is a member of the Council of Parents, Attorneys, and Advocates, the National Association for Gifted Children, and is a listed provider in the Wrightslaw Yellow Pages for Kids.