REASONS TO CALL YOUR PARENT MENTOR:
I would like to have someone attend and support me at IEP meetings and/or other meetings at school.
I feel alone and wish I could talk to another parent who understands my concerns.
I would like to be more involved in planning my child’s education.
I have questions about my child’s education but forgot to ask them at the school meetings.
I am worried about my child’s progress and don’t know what to do.
I feel like nobody is listening to my concerns about my child.
My child isn’t doing well in school, and I think there may be something wrong. I don’t know what to do.
- Help build collaborative partnerships between families, schools and the community to benefit students with disabilities.
- Organize and conduct workshops, trainings and support groups based on the needs of families and professionals in the community.
- Guide families through the special education process and help them understand rights and responsibilities.
- Listen and provide support to families and educators on an individual basis.
- Provide information and resources to families on education laws, district programs and services, and community resources.
- Attend meetings at the request of parents or staff. These meetings include Individual Education Program (IEP), Multi-Factored Evaluation Team (MFE), Intervention Assistance Team (IAT), Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) team meetings and more.
MISSON: The mission of the program is to provide support and resources to families of children with disabilities and the professionals who serve them. Newark City Schools' Parent Mentor Program is aligned with the Ohio Parent Mentor Program.
GOAL: The goal of the Parent Mentor Program is to help parents to become effective partners in the education for their children with special needs. A Parent Mentor is a parent who has a child with special needs and has experience obtaining services for students. Research shows that when families are involved in their child’s education, students are more successful. Through support, understanding and encouragement, your Parent Mentor strives to empower parents to become more active and effective participants in their children's education.