A Discussion of Tustin

The documents discussed in this video are:

The websites of the professional organizations discussed in this video are:

What a Difference a Master’s Degree Makes

Anne's MA Diploma - Educational PsychologyThose of you who have been following us regularly over the last few years probably noticed that we haven’t been publishing as many blog articles recently as we have in the past. There’s a reason.

Most of our content has been authored by me as our in-house writer and moderator of our blog and I’ve been super-busy. We began a gradual reorganization a few years ago that has included, among other things, me pursuing my master’s degree in educational psychology with a specific emphasis on how people learn during the various developmental stages of their lives, best practices per the peer-reviewed research in delivering instruction, and evaluating the efficacy of educational programs. I completed the master’s program in December 2013.

I am continuing on for the next two semesters to complete a certification in program evaluation with a specific emphasis on evaluating the efficacy of individual special education programs on a per-student and per-setting basis. This specialized training, combined with my 22+ years of experience as a special education lay advocate and my 8+ years of paralegal experience that has ranged from due process to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, puts KPS4Parents in a position to look at special education cases not just from an enforcement standpoint, but also from the standpoint of best practices.

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12 Steps to Troubleshooting School-Based Problems

KPS4Parents is pleased to share its new Tools for Effective Teaching to help school-site personnel build solutions to the challenges they face from within their organizations using strategies that are supported by peer-reviewed research. These brief  reports and resource guides summarize the research findings and present them in easy-to-understand ways as well as present solutions based on the research findings.

This first report is titled, “12 Teacher- and Administrator-Friendly Steps to Using Research Strategies to Troubleshoot School-Based Problems.” It is intended to guide school-site teams through the process of using strategies normally reserved for educational research studies to troubleshoot real-life issues on their own campuses. By applying similar approaches to investigating school-based challenges, school-based teams can identify the natures of the challenges they face and solutions to address them, regardless of the nature of those challenges.

This brief report includes specific instructions and examples, as well as a list of the references that were used to inform its content. Your feedback on this report is appreciated.

Please use the poll and/or add your comments below. Your input to refine these tools is always valued; we want to make sure they are useful to you as an educator in your settings with your students.

12 Steps to Troubleshooting School-Based Problems - User Feedback
How easy or difficult is it for you to apply the information in this report in your own school setting?
Welcome to Our Blog!

Welcome to Making Special Education Actually Work, the official blog of KPS4Parents. We sincerely hope that this blog proves to enlighten and empower all responsible adults to ensure that all children, regardless of disability, receive a Free and Appropriate Public Education.

Blog Author & Moderator:
KPS4Parents' CEO
Anne M. Zachry, MA

Special Education Lay Advocate, Paralegal, Education Researcher, Curriculum Developer


Please note that all our postings on this blog are based on the knowledge and experience of our special education lay advocates and guest bloggers and are not to be construed as the legal advice of attorneys.

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