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Your Voice Matters: Parent's View  

May 11, 2021 at 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Presenter: Ms. Love Kingsbury, Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC)

Parental engagement is important, now more than ever. During this interactive workshop, participants will be empowered to see the value of their gifts, expertise, and contribution around authentic family engagement. Participants will explore their personal definition of parent engagement and learn effective approaches to advocating for their child. Practical tips and techniques will be shared and can be immediately implemented to sustain strong collaborative relationships with their child’s school.

11:30 a.m. Session

7 p.m. Session

Is Your Child A Target of Bullying?

May 13, 2021 at 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Presenter: Ms. Tina Norris, Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC)

This workshop offers intervention strategies for parents of children with disabilities who may be the target of bullying at school. Participants will learn how to: identify types of bullying, develop strategies to prevent bullying, identify responses to bullying, talk to their child about bullying, obtain help from professionals and find out about disability harassment laws.

11:30 a.m. Session

7 p.m. Session

A Parent's Guide to Section 504 in Public Schools

May 15, 2021 at 2 p.m.
Presenter: Amanda Mallory, Supervisor, Office of Special Education

Participants will develop a conceptual understanding of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, a federal civil rights law which prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities. As a recipient of federal funds, public schools are required to provide students with disabilities equal access to educational programs, services, and activities. This session will review the definition of a disability under this section of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and how it differs from disabilities as defined under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Parents will also learn about the provisions and protections afforded to individuals who qualify as students with a disability under this federal civil rights law.

2 p.m. Session

Parents as Partners in The Special Education IEP Process

May 15, 2021 at 10 a.m.
Presenter: Amanda Mallory, Supervisor, Office of Special Education

Participants will become familiar with the major components of a standards-based IEP and how curriculum standards are reflected in annual IEP goals. The importance of collaborative decision making and parental and student involvement in the IEP process will be discussed.

10 a.m. Session

Understanding the Dynamics of Cyberbullying Technology and Our Youth

May 18, 2021 at 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Presenter: Ms. Tina Norris, Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC)

As the use of technology has increased, so has cyberbullying. Individuals with disabilities are at a greater risk of being cyberbullied, and cyberbullying has raised new challenges for students, parents, school administrators, and law enforcement. During this interactive workshop, we will define what cyberbullying is, explore the types of cyberbullying, the motivations behind cyberbullying, and the warning signs to look out for. We will also learn tips and strategies to protect vulnerable individuals from being cyberbullied.

11:30 a.m. Session

7 p.m. Session

In's and Out's of IEP's

May 20, 2021 at 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Presenter: Ms. Love Kingsbury, Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC)

This presentation will help prepare parents for what to expect in the IEP meeting, and how to have a productive student-focused meeting. From preplanning before the meeting to working together afterwards, this presentation will build relationships and advocacy skills of the parents while focusing on the needs of the student

11:30 a.m. Session

7 p.m. Session

A Parent's Guide to Section 504 in Public Schools 

May 22, 2021 at 10 a.m. 
Presenter: Amanda Mallory, Supervisor, Office of Special Education

Participants will develop a conceptual understanding of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, a federal civil rights law which prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities. As a recipient of federal funds, public schools are required to provide students with disabilities equal access to educational programs, services, and activities. This session will review the definition of a disability under this section of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and how it differs from disabilities as defined under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Parents will also learn about the provisions and protections afforded to individuals who qualify as students with a disability under this federal civil rights law.

10 a.m. Session

Parents as Partners in the Special Education IEP Process

May 22, 2021 at 2 p.m.
Presenter: Amanda Mallory, Supervisor, Office of Special Education

Participants will become familiar with the major components of a standards-based IEP and how curriculum standards are reflected in annual IEP goals. The importance of collaborative decision making and parental and student involvement in the IEP process will be discussed.

2 p.m. Session

Measurable IEP Goals 

May 25, 2021 at 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Presenter: Ms. Amanda Raymond, Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC)

This workshop brings families and educators together using a common language to build measurable goals for all students to ensure that families and schools know where the student is beginning and the progress that is being made over time. Participants will learn what a measurable goal is, how to write a measurable goal and much more in this workshop.

11:30 a.m. Session

7 p.m. Session