My name is Kara Pierce and I am the only Nationally Certificated Educational Advocate/Multi-Credentialed Teacher serving the Central Valley. If you are looking for support regarding IEPs, IEEs, IHPs, 504 Plans, Manifestation Determinations, Authoring Goals/Accommodations, Assisted/Supported Decision Making, General Education, Bullying, Parent Education, Referrals, etc., R.E.A.C.H. can help.
Public education is more than the first twelve years a young person spends in school, it is the bedrock for a lifetime of foundational relationships. A young person's identity in the educational setting frequently dictates his/her perception of self, others-and often-the concept of lifelong learning; consequently, young people should be encouraged while creating their unique blueprint for success, and confident young people typically grow up to be more capable adults (enriching both their personal And professional lives). Outside of individual determination, the most important pillar of a young person's success is family-however-educational laws and accompanying specialized language can be confusing, sometimes preventing families from Meaningfully Participating as Equal Stakeholders. Educational Advocates help focus attention where it belongs, on supporting and protecting young people's rights, while building and growing positive relationships between schools and families.
When choosing an Educational Advocate, it is important to consider the Advocate's qualifications including education, experience, and aptitude for pursuing new options to unresolved issues. Because academic challenges are often accompanied by behavioral concerns (and vice versa), an Educational Advocate should also be able to coordinate strategies designed to strengthen the supposition that today's choices impact tomorrow's outcomes
The greatest public service education can provide is to bridge the experiences of childhood with the opportunities of adulthood. Educational Advocates can reinforce this critical message by safeguarding the learning cultures/environments that embolden and elevate young people towards unlimited futures. It takes courage to REACH for help, I would be honored to champion your student on his/her journey.
"I've got the key to my castle in the air, but whether
I can unlock the door remains to be seen."
- Louisa May Alcott
Kara Pierce, M.A.
Phone: (559) 321-7530
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