Going outside the school
February 18, 2014 § 2 Comments
Tomorrow I am bringing my daughter to see a specialist to help us with making decisions about school as we move forward. I have always tried to handle everything in my own. Only once before did I have an outside person step in. In that instance it was very beneficial and extremely eye opening.
It’s hard for a parent to step outside the school to seek answers. We know when we do this it says to the school “I’m not so sure I trust you.” If it was a medical model we would be encouraged to seek a second opinion. Or even if we were making a huge financial decision it would be acceptable to consider all options. When we do this with the school it builds a little tension. It shouldn’t but it does.
In regards to my daughter we always seek outside evaluations for IEPs for a variety of reasons. One of those reasons is that the evaluators recommendations do not have the school’s financial needs or staffing plans in mind – instead the recommendations are written based on what’s best for my daughter.
I also can say as an educator I feel the opposite way sometimes about outside evaluations or people stepping in. I wonder how well they know the child or question if they understand the current setting. I am always interested to see how a child is portrayed outside the school setting.
The process is a catch 22.
In the case if my daughter, well, she has a rare disorder. (I recently saw a sign that said only 30,000 people in the Untied States have the Williams Syndrome.) Developing her educational plan takes specialized care and planning. Getting the school to understand that requires a lot of work.
I’m willing to do whatever it takes.