Juan is a native Peruvian whose academic achievement across the board was below expected grade levels for first grade. Finally, this year in second grade, Juan was evaluated and diagnosed as having a learning disability. Juan’s parents are not aware of their rights and the basic principles of IDEA that ensure these rights because special services were not part of the educational system in their country. Additionally, they do not speak English.
- As the classroom teacher, what would you be expected to do at the upcoming IEP meeting? Explain fully.
- The prominent values in U.S. schools may be different from the prominent values of culturally diverse groups. Consider Juan’s background and discuss where cultural differences may play a role. Explain three things you may do to help your communication with Juan’s family and help them feel comfortable at the meeting and in your classroom.
- Describe the process that led to Juan being identified as having learning disabilities before testing.