Are you drowning in IEP, 504, ETR alphabet soup? Are you dreading these meetings where you are not even totally sure what they’re talking about and what acronym meeting we’re in right now? Let’s straighten it all out and make sense of all the things that you need to know to ensure your child’s needs are getting met at school. This session is not legal advice or guidance, it is simply an overview of the law that ensures and protects students and parents rights to receive services and supports at school. I will give you some language to guide your conversations with your child’s team if you feel your child is not receiving the appropriate supports and some resources to inform you of your rights as a parent under this law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA.

About me

I’m Jen Newton. I’m a mom and an associate professor at Ohio University preparing teacher candidates to be inclusive educators. My research is around anti-ableist, anti-racist inclusive education and the role of social media on teacher professional development. I have a daughter who graduated from AHS and is a rising sophomore at OU and two daughters who are rising sophomores at Athens High School. I present nationally on these topics and am involved in the inclusion of kids with high support needs in general education classrooms in several states. I would never claim expertise but I am always ready to collaborate and problem solve. You can find me on Instagram and Facebook @TeachingIsIntellectual

June Schedule – Link to meet – Link to tell me more about you

Sunday, June 9 3:00-4:30 pm 

Monday, June 10  9:00-10:30 am

Tuesday, June 18 12:00-1:30 pm

Thursday, June 27 6:00-7:30 pm

Saturday, June 29 9:00-10:30 a.m.

You only need to attend one session


Alphabet Soup Acronym Guide

Parents’ Rights

IEP v 504 – Which Is Right For My Child?

The Evaluation Process

Slide Deck

Southeastern Ohio Legal Services (income qualifications under 150% of federal poverty level)

Abnour Walker (Columbus)

Agins & Gilman (Cleveland)