West Orange County Consortium for Special Education (WOCCSE) Parent Handbook
Today, parents are more involved in their children's education than ever before. As a parent, you have expert knowledge of your child. Team up with your child's teacher and school staff and make them your equal partners in the educational process. Build and nurture these relationships early.
You play an important role in the education of your child. Make your views known in a positive and constructive manner. The planning, implementation and on-going support of programs are greatly enhanced when you are an involved parent.
Visit the classroom to show your interest in your child's program. Keep the teacher informed of your child's skills and behaviors. Attend scheduled teacher conferences; if you unable to keep designated appointments, notify staff as soon as possible. Attend PTA, Community Advisory Committee (CAC) meetings, and other school functions whenever possible.
This handbook was compiled to help you understand the special education process. Many of the contributors are parents of children with special needs. It is our hope that it will help you to be an active participant in meeting your child's educational needs.
Parent/Guardian/Surrogate Procedural Safeguards/Rights:
Alternative Dispute Resolution:
Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is an informal and effective way to resolve differences in a positive manner. It is a problem-solving process rather than an adversarial process, and it allows parties to communicate directly with each other to create a mutually agreeable solution. ADR encourages all parties to keep the child's educational needs first and foremost and to maintain positive working relationships between administrators, site staff, and parents. The goal is to help parents and district staff resolve conflicts early, so they can stay focused on meeting the educational needs of the child.
WOCCSE offers parents and district staff in West Orange County schools professional facilitators trained in ADR. WOCCSE facilitators are available to help with any special education issue or concern. You can contact a WOCCSE facilitator and request an informal meeting, a confidential ADR session, or just ask for advice by phone.
To start the process, contact your district's special education director OR to speak to a WOCCSE facilitator, contact: Jimmy Templin, Executive Director (714) 903-7000 ext. 504602.