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This Directory of Best School Websites list the winners of our Best School Website Contest. These sites provide sample forms, worksheets, and useful information about special education. Newsletter subscribers sent us their favorite sites. We gave awards in three categories:
#1. Cooperative Education Service Agency Number 7, Green Bay, WI
people recommended the CESA-7 site.
The site is well designed, easy-to-navigate, and filled with useful information
from the staff of Cooperative Education Agency Number 7.
The site includes the forms used by the district: IEP Forms.
When we contacted special education director Nissan Bar-Lev, he gave us permission to use articles and IEP checklists on our websites. We are taking him up on his offer.#2. Sevier County, Sevierville, TN
The Sevier County Special Education site has hundreds of informational links for parents, teachers, activities, lesson development links, and caseload support. The site includes a comprehensive list of local, state, and federal forms.
The site has information for parents. Webmaster Jeff Romanczuk organized information by topic, from ADHD and accommodations to Section 504 and vision impairments. When you make a request of your school district, it is useful to have the forms used by the district. This site has a list of forms about IEPs, Section 504, discipline, assessment, etc.
#3. Mahwah Township Public Schools, NJ
The Mahwah Township site is more difficult to navigate but has good sample letters that you can tailor to your circumstances. Scroll down and click "Child Study Team" to get special ed info)
Webmaster Melody Orfei has organized information into several logical categories:
Testing & Evaluations
Signs of trouble
Reasons to Evaluate
Types of Evaluations
List of evaluators recommended by other parents
Sample letters to request a school evaluation and independent evaluation
The Mountain Road Elementary PTA site includes links to special events; disability organizations; resources; assessment accommodations; behavior plans and assessments; advocacy information; conferences; interesting facts.
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