Episode Summary

Jenny Speas is the owner and principal advocate at Ohio Student Advocacy. Jenny began her journey in advocacy as a parent. Jenny’s philosophy on advocacy always begins with educating parents and students about their rights and the shared responsibilities of families and school districts. Understanding that relationships with a school district can be long-term and can impact an entire family, Jenny believes strongly in beginning with a collaborative approach to problem-solving— even for the most complex student profiles. In this episode, Jenny gives her thoughts of what COVID fallout may look like in the field of Special Education, and emphasizes the importance of maintaining student-parent-teacher relationships during remote learning. We discuss the widening of the gap in achievement and what our communities should take away from the schooling experience during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Episode Notes

Special Education COVID Resources:

Resources to help with students in remote learning: