Case Study of Lacy Lopez
November 28, 2006
presented and acted out by:
Christina DePauw, Cassie Fredendall, Laurie Hill, Katie
Reich, Sylvia Tellez, Monica Thorpe, Sheila Waterman
Based on the information provided, do you agree
that Lacy should not qualify for Special Education
services? Why or why not?
What do you feel is the core problem Lacy is
Speaking from one of the character’s points of
view, what would you recommend or do for Lacy
to help her succeed in learning?
After the ARD
Upon hearing each character’s point of view,
which do you relate to the most? The least?
How effectively do you think Special Education
testing really “tests” the developmental level of a
How far can a school go without overstepping the
boundary between home life and academic
concerns? How has this boundary changed in
recent years? Why?
Teacher implements a health unit on oral hygiene
and nutrition in collaboration with the school
Counselor gives mother a list of resources
available to her family pertaining to her financial
Teacher has Lacy sit near the front of the
classroom to minimize distractions; breaks
instruction into smaller chunks; has Lacy dictate
Having seen a sample ARD, or based on
actual ARDs you have attended, what are
your first impressions or thoughts?
Do you think the ARD process fully services
What benefits do you see in the ARD process
as a whole? What areas would you improve?
Peggy Bennett, counselor, Elliott Elementary
Alba Castaneda, diagnostician, Lively Elementary
Carrie Cole, teacher, Elliott Elementary
Nancy Friemel, teacher, Elliott Elementary
Liz Pacheco, Vice-Principal, Elliott Elementary
Cissi Rice, Special Services, Elliott Elementary
Sandy Thomas, Special Services, Elliott Elementary
Texas Education Agency, ARD manual, 2006-2007,
Texas Education Code, www.tea.state.tx.us/