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Creating Clarity Through Communication


As the CSE Director for Mary McDowell Friends School, I was responsible for articulating students' learning needs to varied audiences, including other teachers, educational attorneys, CSE teams, and impartial hearing officers.  I offer my deep knowledge and expertise to support parents with:


  • Reviewing Educational Evaluations: translate your child’s special education evaluations into “plain English” to help you better understand what your child actually needs, whose job it is to provide it and where you can start in terms of seeking support​

  • Learning Profiles: prepare user-friendly learning profiles for families to pass along to all people responsible for educating their child, particularly helpful in preparation for parent-teacher conferences and communicating with multiple teachers in the transition to middle school

  • Meeting Preparation: assist parents in planning for Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meetings with the Committee on Special Education (CSE) in order to obtain services in your child’s present academic setting

  • School Visits: assess placement recommendations offered by the New York City Department of Education to help your attorney or advocate determine if the program and services are appropriate for meeting your child's current educational needs



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