Parent & Family Organizations
- Parent Center Hub
- PEAK Parent Center
- Pyramid Community Parent Resource Center
- Family and Community Engagement: U.S. Department of Education
Regional Parent Technical Assistance Centers
- Region 1: CT, ME, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, and VT
- Region 2: DC, DE, KY, MD, NC, SC, TN, VA, and WV
- Region 3: AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, OK, Puerto Rico, TX, and U.S. Virgin Islands
- Region 4: IL, IN, IA, MI, MN, MO, OH, and WI
- Region 5: AZ, CO, KS, MT, NE, ND, NM, SD, UT, and WY
- Region 6: AK, CA, HI, ID, NV, OR, WA, outlying areas of Pacific Basin, and Freely Associated States
Parent & Family Resources
- SWIFT Short Summary
- SWIFT Short Summary - Spanish
- Why Inclusive Education?
- Why Inclusive Education? Spanish
- What is Multi-Tiered System of Support?
- What is Multi-Tiered System of Support? Spanish
- What is Universal Design for Learning?
- What is Universal Design for Learning? Spanish
SWIFT Guide: Family & Community Engagement
Transitioning to an Inclusive Setting: Five strategies for districts, schools, and familiesFull Article
For his first five years in public education, Simon attended a self-contained classroom in the school across town with other students who were labeled with “intellectual disabilities.” Every school day, a bus designated for Simon and his classmates pulled into Simon’s driveway and delivered him to school, where he was met by his special education assistant and escorted to his self-contained classroom. When he wasn’t working on “life skills” with his class, Simon joined his non-disabled peers for recess on the playground and during music class. At the end of the school day, he returned hom
Riding Through Summer One Success at a TimeFull Article
Taking a step back to watch her from the sidelines, I was reminded that she will waiver, she will fall, and sometimes she may crash and bleed a little, but that’s ok. That’s the story of life—finding a balance between the highs and lows.
Trusting Family PartnershipsFull Article
Without a doubt, my children’s educational experiences contributed to their positive post-school outcomes. And, I’m certain that the engaged and trusting relationship that our family experienced with our school community helped pave their ways.
True Wealth is a Sense of BelongingFull Article
We wanted the best school for our child and we found it, because inclusion is much deeper than facilities and programs. Inclusion involves everyone looking beyond what children can’t do based on their circumstances to see instead what they CAN do.
Inclusion: We Got It!Full Article
They told me Rachel was crying because a friend who had moved away was at camp and she missed her. All was well. They didn’t need me and didn’t really need the room counselor because guess what? They had it. They took care of it.
- Sue Swenson, The Importance of Inclusive Education
- Barb Buswell, From Parent to Advocate
- Debra Jennings, Family-School Partnerships