Schools are increasingly responding to the impact and prevalence of special health care needs among children and youth. COVID-19 brought the health needs of many students to the forefront. Now more than ever, it is crucial to for educators to plan for working with students with health needs. Many of these students with health needs are eligible for special education and related services and will need programming appropriate to address their unique needs. Further, school teams and special education personnel must continually ensure that goals and services within an IEP consider the student’s individual circumstances and impact on functioning. This book will provide strategies for supporting students with health care needs throughout their education, including referral, family engagement, report writing, IEP design, and implementation. Fortunately, school teams can apply many components of a health-care needs approach to developing IEPs, regardless of the concern or the existence of a medical history.
This book provides guidance to educators to assist in the development of legally defensible IEP’s for all students, particularly those with a known or suspected history of health care needs. Specifically, the book will help:
Beyond the objectives described above, the information is particularly valuable given ongoing state and local legislation mandating schools become more aware of students with health-care needs and apply those approaches to all aspects of our work in schools (e.g., interactions, discipline, interventions). Despite the significant increase in recognizing the impact of students with health care needs, few books have operationalized that to the various components of service delivery. This book is the first of its kind in operationalizing a health care informed approach to IEP development.
Azure D. S. Angelov, Allison Arnold-Kempers, Francis Bowen, Shy-Quon Ely II, Linda Gagyi, Rachelle Gardner, Carolyn Gentle-Genitty, Cindy Hill, Marlin Jackson, Christopher Kearney, Nathan Lashbrook, Sara Lauerman, Andrew M. Markelz, Nadia Miller, Jessica Monk, Alyssa Preddie Allen, Mary Jo Rattermann, Thomas Reddicks, Andrea Tanner, Denver Wade, Kristin Wikel, Matthew Wojas
About the Editors:
Azure D. S. Angelov earned a Ph.D. in Special Education and Multicultural Education from Indiana University, Bloomington. Additionally, Dr. Angelov completed the High Potential Leaders Executive Education program at the Harvard Business School. Dr. Angelov served as Associate Professor of Special Education at the University of Indianapolis has earned numerous professional awards. Currently she serves as Executive Director for the Paramount Health Data Project.
Dr. Mary Jo Rattermann received her Ph.D. in cognitive development from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has expertise in experimental methodologies, advanced statistics and evaluative procedures. Dr. Rattermann was a Research Associate at the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) at the University of Indianapolis, where she was also adjunct faculty in the School of Education. Dr. Rattermann currently serves as an evaluator and Director of Research for the Paramount Health Data Project.
Chapter 1: Healthcare and Education: An Introduction by Azure D. S. Angelov and Mary Jo Rattermann
Chapter 2: Utilization of Health Data as part of a Multiple Tiered Systemic Approach: The Journey to Leverage ESSA and Data to Inform Early Invention Decision-Making by Azure D. S. Angelov, Mary Jo Rattermann, Thomas Reddicks, and Jessica Monk
Chapter 3: A Schoolwide Approach to Healthcare: An Urban School’s Journey by Shy-Quon Ely II and Nadia Miller
Chapter 4: Role of Health in Schools: MTSS Approach and Machine Learning Risk Levels by Carolyn Gentle-Genitty, Francis Bowen, Christopher Kearney, and Marlin Jackson
Chapter 5: Lessons Learned from COVID: Perspectives of Teachers by Allison Arnold-Kempers, Matthew Wojas, Alyssa Preddie Allen, Denver Wade, and Sara Lauerman
Chapter 6: Engaging with Hospitals and Serving Students with Chronic Illnesses by Kristin Wikel and Andrew M. Markelz
Chapter 7: School Nurses: Partners in Educating Students with Health Concerns and Special Needs by Andrea Tanner
Chapter 8: Recovery High Schools: Working at the Intersection of Education, Mental Health and Addiction Science by Linda Gagyi, Allison Arnold-Kempers, Matthew Wojas, Alyssa Preddie Allen, Denver Wade, and Sara Lauerman
About the Authors
“This book addresses a critical and often overlooked aspect of school and learning – a student’s health. The critical content contained in this text can help practitioners better support students with health needs and provides parents with a guide to evidence-based practices.”