You & Your School Ideas and Resources

Vision: It is our vision that parents and their sons and daughters are integral, valued members of society with a voice in shaping their chosen community.

To that end, we thought we would give you some ideas about building parent/professional relationships with
your child’s school.


Colorado Department of Education Family Information and Resources – Learn more about special education in Colorado and ways to partner with your child’s school or become involved in special education

One-Stop-Shop to Access School & District Data – Web page that provides a wide variety of school and district information. School districts are sorted alphabetically, with links to schools within each district.

The pages include contact information (including local school district web links), assessment data and results including both Colorado Student Assessment Program and Colorado Growth Model data, Adequate Yearly Progress results, post-secondary readiness data including graduation rates and information about highly qualified teachers and teacher experience.

Administrative Unit State Performance Plan Indicator Profiles IDEA 2004 requires each state to report to the public on each Administrative Unit’s (School District or BOCES) performance compared to state targets and state performance for 14 indicators from the State Performance Plan (SPP). Indicators reported to the public are a mixture of performance and compliance indicators.

List of Special Education Directors in Colorado School Districts and Child Find Directory by district

Partnering with Your Child’s School: A Guide for Parents (information and resources for families of children with health and/or mental health care needs). Also available here in Spanish.


All About Me – templates that anyone can use to create a booklet that provides new teachers/school personnel key information about your child (their new student) in a visually appealing format.  Although these resources were originally developed for students on the autism spectrum, it could be adopted for any student.

How to Assemble a Teacher Information Packet that will help your child’s teacher help your child.

The “All About . . .” Module Series was created with the intent to educate teachers and parents about
parent-teacher collaboration within five key areas: 1) Inclusion; 2) Individualized Education Plans; 3)
Behavior; 4) Transition; and 5) Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Families. Resource from the University
of Northern Colorado.

Making a Great Parent Teacher Relationship

What Special Educators Would Like Parents to Know

Kara’s Voice – Check out this communication workbook developed by a parent to create positive
communication between families, caregivers, schools & therapies


Additional Choices in Education: CDE’s Choice and Innovation Unit seeks to expand the number of high
quality educational choices for Colorado families and students, and promotes thoughtful innovations that
will prepare Colorado students to be 21st century adults. Information on public school choice options like
charter schools, innovation school, and blended and online learning as well as home school and non-public
(private & parochial) school options.

Choosing and Starting School:  Articles on about different alternatives in schooling.

School Choice for Kids: Colorado kids can “open enroll” into hundreds of public schools. The steps on this
webpage will guide you in the process of finding and open enrolling your child in a public school outside of
your attendance area.

Schools and MedicaidColorado districts can claim for Medicaid covered services that are provided in
schools. The Colorado Department of Education provides training for developing the local services plans
required for participation in this program. This site provides guidance and resources. Scroll to the bottom of
the page for parent brochures in English and Spanish.

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