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February 2019 

  • What is SERC?
  • 40th Annual Report to Congress on the IDEA 2018
  • OSERS Framework to Approaching Special Education
  • Self Care Strategies for Families with Children with Disabilities.
  • SMART IEP Goals are Measurable!
  • Rita Pierson - Inspirational and Wise Educator

What is SERC?

Special Education Resolution Center (SERC) of OSU has been collaborating with the Oklahoma State Department of Education for over 10 years to help families and school district resolve conflicts at the earliest stage possible. SERC provides services for children from birth to 3 in SoonerStart and for students 3 through 21 in public schools.

What does SERC provide to schools, SoonerStart, and families at no cost?

  • Training on communication and collaboration skills to help prevent conflict.
  • An IEP Facilitator to manage conflict during contentious IEP meetings.
  • A Mediator to guide a structured process in which parents and school personnel can resolve specific issues related to special education.
  • A Due Process Hearing Officer at an administrative hearing to resolve, that could not be resolved at an earlier stage. During the resolution time of the process, SERC can provide a facilitator to help the parties discuss the hearing issues in a safe and structured setting and try to resolve them if possible.

40th Annual Report to Congress on the IDEA 2018

40th Annual Report image coverYou may experience special education services on an individual and personal basis day to day. Have you wondered what is happening with Special Education on a national level for all kiddos - Ages 0 to 3 in Part C and Ages 3 to 22?

The 40th Annual Report to Congress on the Implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act was submitted to Congress in 2018. The report shows trends over the last ten years in graduation rates, identification rates of each category and many more interesting facts!

This is prepared for Congress by the U.S. Department of Education. 

DOWNLOAD>https://www2.ed.gov/about/reports/annual/osep/2018/parts-b-c/40th-arc-for-idea.pdf


OSERS Framework to Approaching Special Education

OSERS Frame workOSERS mission is to improve early childhood, educational, and employment outcomes and raise expectations for all people with disabilities, their families, their communities, and the nation.

Johnny Collette, the new Director of OSERS, recently released a framework to show how his department will fulfill their mission. Take a look at this information to see how the U.S. Department of Education will work to make their mission a reality.

DOWNLOAD OSERS-framework-9-20-2018

You can follow the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services BLOG for more articles https://sites.ed.gov/osers/2018/09/rethinking-special-education/


Self-Care Strategies for Families with Children with Disabilities

CADRE is sponsoring another fabulous webinar! Missy Longman shares with us important self-care strategies in this archived presentation.

Having a child with disabilities can put a strain on families and care providers. It is important to take care of yourself so that you can lessen the stress and enjoy precious moments.

LINK to WEBINAR>  https://www.cadreworks.org/events/self-care-strategies-families-children-disabilities


SMART IEP Goals are Measurable!

young boy at deskYour child’s IEP will have annual goals that lay out what he’ll be working toward over the school year. To help him get the most out of the IEP, those goals shouldn’t be vague or general. Instead, they should be SMARTSpecific, Measurable, Attainable, Results-oriented and Time-bound. 

LEARN MORE> https://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/special-services/ieps/how-to-tell-if-your-childs-iep-goals-are-smart


Rita Pierson - Inspirational and Wise Educator

Rita PiersonRita Pierson is an inspirational speaker and a very wise educator! These videos are fun to watch and only take a few minutes. They remind us that relationships are the foundation of good communication, that respect builds that relationship, and that these relationships touch us in beautiful ways! Enjoy!

LINK> "Every Child Needs a Champion" 

LINK> "My Mama Says"


Jo Anne Pool Blades, Program Manager
Special Education Resolution Center (SERC)
Oklahoma State University Sponsored Program
9726 E. 42nd Street, Suite 203 | Tulsa, OK  74146
Phone: 918.270.1849

Email: jo.blades@okstate.edu