Public School Advocacy
Get the best outcome for your child through IEP and Section 504 plan advocacy.
Helping your bright child with learning differences get the support they need to succeed in public school can be stressful. If you don’t feel equipped to fully participate in your child’s IEP or Section 504 plan meetings, we can help.
EES has a thorough understanding of special education laws and local school system policies and can be your guide throughout the process. We know what resources, programs, and supports are available to your child and how to get them.
You know your child's needs best and are the most important member of their educational team. With a knowledgeable and supportive advocate at your side, you are more likely to have your concerns heard.
All EES services include:
• An in-depth intake session to understand your child's and whole family's needs
• A full review of any educational, psychological, or other evaluations and school reports to understand your individual child’s strengths, challenges, and needs
• Collaboration with any outside providers (e.g., therapists, teachers, tutors, coaches, physicians) to truly understand your child's strengths and challenges
• Customized referrals to professionals (e.g., coaches, therapists, tutors, evaluators) as needed to holistically support your child.
• Access to your educational consultant via phone, text, email, or virtual meetings to collaborate and answer your questions throughout the process
But the Public School Advocacy Retainer may also include:
• Guidance throughout the IEP or 504 plan process
• Advocacy for your child's needs
• Support during school interactions to reduce stress and anxiety
• IEP and 504 plan meeting attendance (or coaching behind the scenes)
• Help crafting effective parent input statements and polite but firm letters to school staff
• Help with data collection to determine if your child is making progress
• Development of talking points related to your top priorities to keep meetings on track
• Follow-up meetings to ensure your IEP or 504 plan is implemented
• Public school program placements (e.g., special education, gifted, 2e, vocational, virtual learning) or choosing an appropriate nonpublic school funded by the school district
• Escalation within the school district as needed for resolution
• A strategy to get to YES on important issues at the IEP/504 plan table
• Collaboration with outside professionals to support your case
• Support for your child in receiving needed accommodations and services and developing appropriate goals
• Advice and education on timelines and how the system works
• Expert document review (e.g., IEP, 504 plan, assessment reports, Prior Written Notice, invitation letters)
• Referrals to attorneys if needed
• Support with other public school concerns such as bullying; change of school assignment; transcript review; course selection; and gifted, 2e, or special education programs
With a trained educational consultant supporting you, you can breathe a sigh of relief, knowing that you don’t have to navigate these challenging school experiences alone.