A Teacher’s Guide to Beating First Week Jitters

It’s about that time of year again. The time when the specialty sections of Kroger and Target are stocked with rainbow bins, cartoon backpacks, and discount Crayolas. The time when you frantically fill your calendar with shopping trips, haircuts, and last minute summer fun. That’s right–it’s back to school season! The bittersweet ending of summer…

Talking to Children About Terrorism

Written by Danielle Randolph, School Psychologist & AW’s newest Student Advocate In today’s world, parents are faced with the challenge of explaining violence, terrorism and war to children. Although difficult, these conversations are extremely important. They give parents an opportunity to help their children feel more secure and understand the world in which they live….

E+R=O: A Special Education Mindset

E + R = O: A Special Education Mindset Fighting for an individualized and appropriate education Let’s imagine you are not receiving progress reports on your child’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP). You have that parental instinct that something isn’t right. How do you stand up to district administrators, who are specifically trained in the field…

Accused of College Misconduct? Here are 5 Tips from a Lawyer

Are you a college student facing an accusation from your school’s Academic Misconduct or Code of Conduct office? Here are 5 tips from attorneys who have seen real-life success. Find a Trusted Support Person (or a few) There are several reasons you should immediately find support when you are facing an allegation of cheating, nonconsensual…

Applying for Grad School? What you need to disclose.

When applying to graduate programs, especially law school, many applications require that all applicants disclose any criminal or academic misconduct. But it can be tricky to know what you do and do not need to disclose. One simple answer is to read any disclosure questions carefully. While the disclosure questions can be lengthy, it is…

Changing Student Records

Parents and Students Have a Right to Request Amendment or Removal of an Education Record Students ages 18+ and parents of students under age 18 have a right under federal law to request removal or amendment of inaccurate files contained in the student’s education record. The right exists under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act…

SEXTING 101.

You hear about it. You generally know what it means to sext. But what are the actual consequences? Welcome class, to Sexting 101.  Minors who have a cell phone and a naked body available, please DO NOT: TAKE  SEND to other minors SEND of other minors POSSESS VIEW REQUEST You could be CHARGED with: Disseminating…

Title IX Update: Changes to Campus Sexual Misconduct Investigations

The Department of Education has issued new, interim guidelines on how colleges should handle allegations and investigations of sexual misconduct on campus. It is slightly more protective of the rights of accused students and permits colleges to have more choice in how to handle investigations. What you should know: Schools may opt to use the…

Can I be punished by my college for off-campus activity?

YES.  For specifics: According to The Ohio State University’s Code of Conduct, you can be disciplined for off-campus activity if any of the below are applicable: Academic course requirement or credit bearing experiences; Example: conduct during off-campus internships, field trips, study abroad programs, or student teaching Any activity supporting pursuit of a degree; Example: research…

Who do I need? Attorney vs. Advocate 101

When do you need a special education attorney versus a parent advocate? Federal and state laws require school districts to find and identify children with disabilities. Parents can request that their child be evaluated, and schools must respond appropriately. Once children have been identified, the schools are required to determine if they are eligible for…