The Role of Parents and Advocates
Conducted on March 14, 2012
MaryAnn Byrnes, Ed.D.
MaryAnn Byrnes, Ed.D. is an Educational Consultant who collaborates with schools to bridge the gap between regulation and practice. She has also been President of the Board of Directors for Clearway School.
Dr. Byrnes has a broad portfolio of experience in education; she began as a classroom teacher in Chicago and soon moved into the field of special education, teaching at elementary and secondary levels. MaryAnn served as a special education administrator for 18 years and as an Associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She is a past president of the Massachusetts Council for Exceptional Children.
MaryAnn earned her B.A. from the University of Chicago, her M.A. in Learning Disabilities at Northwestern University and her Ed.D. in Learning Theory at Rutgers University.
The author of three peer-reviewed articles on selecting unambiguous accommodations, MaryAnn is also the academic editor of Taking sides: Clashing views in special education, published by McGraw-Hill and now in its fifth edition.
Archive and Materials
Archive*: This is the recording
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Presentation Handout*: This is the Handout for the presentation, including the Strategies for Advocates document (PDF, 14 pgs).
Strategies for Advocates: Suggestions for negotiating accommodations with school team members. (PDF, 1 pg.)
Writing Explicit, Unambiguous Accommodations: A Team Effort: Article by MaryAnn Byrnes published in Intervention in School and Clinic, Volume 44 Number 1, September 2008 (PDF, 7 pgs)
Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Dept. of Education: Dear Colleague Letter and FAQ issued on January 19, 2012 regarding obligations of school districts under Section 504.
Requires Internet access:
Accommodations Manual - How to Select, Administer, and Evaluate Use of Accommodations for Instruction and Assessment of Students with Disabilities: Manual developed by the Council of Chief State School Officers' workgroup on assessing students with disabilities.
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