Author - Carrie Shonk

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Carrie Shonk has served students and their families for eight years within the Chicago Public Schools and in the Chicagoland area for more than 10 years as a School Social Worker. Within CPS, Carrie supported schools throughout the city to address the needs of diverse learners. Carrie obtained a master's degree in Social Work from Loyola University, where she graduated with honors. She has extensive knowledge of Individual Educational Plans (IEP) and 504 Plans, as well as supports for students within the general education population. Carrie provides advocacy and support to parents, assists teachers with the implementation of interventions within the classroom, and is passionate about helping students access their innate strengths in order to achieve their goals. Carrie regularly consults and advises parents on the IEP/504 process, most recently as part of Walgreen's Human Resources speaker series. Carrie is also a proud CPS parent of a wiggly and wonderful kid.

How to advocate for your special-needs child in CPS

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As Chicago parents, we have many, many questions about our children’s education.


These questions start before our little ones are even born: Should I send my child to CPS, look at private schools, or move to the suburbs? What is my local school? Is it “good”?


Parents of diverse learners face many more questions as their children grow: How will my child get her needs met once she is in school? Is CPS up to the challeng...

Posted on March 14, 2017 at 12:32 PM by Carrie Shonk