I've been in education for a very long time and I have never met a parent who don't want the best education for their child. So, why is it so difficult to get what our kids need to succeed? There is no one true answer. But a common obstacle is not knowing where to go for help from trustworthy sources.
From emails to text messages to social media notifications, we’re inundated with information. There are tons of blogs, social media groups, newsletters that give great advice and offer support. However, the flood of information can be overwhelming and intimidating. Question is how do we use it all? How do we sift through the massive amount of details to find what our kids need to succeed? How do we get schools to consider and apply our suggestions as parents? Well, that's when you seek a professional education advocate. They do the heavy lifting in getting the answers and results.
Medical professionals often steer patients away from the internet and social media because there are many individual variables that may contribute to one's health. The same goes for concerns with our kids’ education. No internet site or social media outlet will give you the individualized support and service needed to transform your child's potential into achievement. There are too many individual variables that influence your child's performance. That's why I always recommend professional resources as a starting point. My favorite right now is the Council for Parent Advocates and Attorneys (COPAA).
COPAA provides a great deal of reputable information on identifying and working with a professional education advocate. Review Guidelines for Choosing an Advocate for more information on what to look for in a strong advocate. So, take the first step in addressing your concerns about your kids’ education by finding a professional advocate. Start with COPAA's Directory of Advocates and Attorneys.
Dr. Owens is an educator, expert, and advocate for children with exceptional abilities. A Florida native, she enjoys learning about different cultures, traditions, and languages. Dr. Owens resides in Charleston, South Carolina with her young family.