Professor Mom

Chronicles the life of a mom, teacher, and writer trying to stay sane amid the chaos of daily life.

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Hetha's picture Hetha

Those sound like excellent accommodations! A fresh start, for sure. How great that the unique schedule of L's school allows for a fresh start even after the school year has begun. And even better that you've got school officials working with you rather than against you.

I have often wondered (and worried) about other kids whose family circumstances don't provide them the advocacy for IEP meetings that is required. When I was a teacher I would occasionally attend IEP meetings with the older kids (who were not in my class) just to provide moral support. That was a rural and impoverished district where very few parents participated in their child's education. Many IEP meetings were done, year in and year out, without any parent or guardian in attendance. It's so sad.


Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

I hear some optimism sneaking in! I hope that this next school term will be a more positive one, that the new accommodations will be accommodating, and that L will feel good about school again!!


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Thanks for your comment, Attwell...I hope those meeting become more bearable for you.

It must be very sad to attend one of those meetings and know that no parent could be there--sad for all parties involved. I teach many underprivileged, low-income, first-generation college students who I know, from conversations with them, needed much more support than they were given throughout their early schooling.

A little optimism IS creeping in, Omaha! Fingers and toes crossed...


mouse's picture mouse

I'm just now seeing this and am so glad to know that you're able to get these supports for L. Things like computer access for writing assignments are on our radar for sometime in the next couple years. We're lucky in that I feel that the adults who join us in the meeting are also on the same page.

We've often talked about how lucky we are to be in a position that we can devote so many resources, both time and money, to helping Scooter. I don't know how we'd manage if both of us had full-time, out of the house jobs. And even though my job has some set times, I have leave and am encouraged to make use of it for things like IEP meetings (and have a boss who sincerely means that). We're told that we do everything we need to, but I know that we're in a position where we can--and some people don't have that luxury.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I know, mouse--I think about this all the time. I can't imagine having inflexible work huors and having to juggle all the school issues. Something would have to give, and it wouldn't be L., it would have the be the job. Yet there are so many people who can't afford the luxury of making that choice...