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Special Education Surrogate Parents

Protecting the Student Voice in the Special Education Process

This guidance manual was developed to assist LEAs in developing a special education surrogate parent program. The manual will provide guidance with how to:

  • Identify and verify the need for a special education surrogate parent;
  • Recruit and train individuals to be surrogate parents;
  • Assign surrogate parents appropriately;
  • Monitor and evaluate the surrogate parent and surrogate parent program; and
  • Review and revise special education surrogate parent assignments, as appropriate

The manual also includes a section that can be used as a handbook for surrogate parent volunteers and sample forms to help the LEA in implementing procedures.


Manual: Special Education Surrogate Parents

 SESP Guidance Module
SESP Guidance transcript

SESP Volunteer Module
SESP Volunteer transcript

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