Serving families in the Mid-State Region of New York

Promoting meaningful parent involvement in the education of children with disabilities in the Mid-State Region of New York State

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Upcoming Trainings

PLEASE NOTE: A TIMELY REMINDER THAT DURING THE WINTER SEASON SUPAC TRAININGS ARE SUBJECT TO CANCELLATION DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER. ALL PEOPLE WHO REGISTERED WILL BE NOTIFIED VIA EMAIL. PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL, THIS WEBSITE, OR CONTACT SUPAC FOR ANY UPDATES.

You can register for our trainings online!

To see all upcoming trainings, go to our Events Calendar.

Please contact SUPAC with any questions or concerns or to schedule a training in your region, visit http://supac.org/training/schedule-training-supac/.

Sep
27
Wed
Understanding Diploma and Credential Options for Students with Disabilities @ Advocates, Inc.
Sep 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Illustration of a cap and gownThinking about what you want to do after high school is exciting.  Preparation for that journey is key while you are still in school.  Parents/guardians and students and need to learn the requirements for graduation. A high school diploma is achieved through mastering state academic standards, passing required tests and courses and earning credits. In this training, we will explain the different requirements for the Regents and Local Diploma. We will also discuss how students can use their strengths to achieve a diploma through multiple pathways. We will explore the importance of career readiness skills and the credentials available. This training is sure to help you navigate which options are the best for your child.

Sep
28
Thu
Effective Communication Between Schools and Families @ E. John Gravas Center
Sep 28 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

photo of family meeting teacherThis NYSED vetted training was developed to promote quality special education services for all students with disabilities. The modules contained within this training are intended to help Families and School Personnel to build their communication skills in their role as a CSE team member that is consistent with State laws and regulations. The goals of this training are:

  • Participants will understand both their role and the student’s role in the Special Education process.
  • Participants will understand the barriers that interfere with effective communication and strategies to overcome the barriers.
  • Participants will gain a basic understanding of the essential elements of effective communication.
  • Participants will learn about strategies and tools that will establish and maintain effective collaboration between families and schools.
Oct
11
Wed
CORTLAND FAMILY CONNECTIONS SERIES: Session 2: Effective Communication Between Schools and Families: The Key to Success (NYSED Vetted) @ Cortland City School District Kaufman Center
Oct 11 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

FAMILY CONNECTIONS: MEANINGFUL ENGAGEMENT IN THE SPECIAL EDUCATION PROCESS
A Special Series for Parents and Family Members
Presented by SUPAC and hosted by Cortland City School District

SESSION 2: Effective Communication Between Schools and Families: The Key to Success (NYSED Vetted)

This NYSED vetted training was developed to promote quality special education services for all students with disabilities.  The modules contained within this training are intended to help Families and School Personnel to build their communication skills in their role as a CSE team member that is consistent with State laws and regulations.  The goals of this training are:

  • Participants will understand both their role and the student’s role in the Special Education process
  • Participants will understand the barriers that interfere with effective communication and strategies to overcome the barriers
  • Participants will gain a basic understanding of the essential elements of effective communication
  • Participants will learn about strategies and tools that will establish and maintain effective collaboration between families and schools

ABOUT THIS SERIES: All parents and family members can and should have meaningful participation in their children’s education, especially when the child receives special education supports and services. Effectively communicating and collaborating with the school team is essential to improved outcomes for students with disabilities. Cortland City School District is pleased to host this six-part Family Engagement Series present by SUPAC-Syracuse University Parent Assistance Center.  Each session will provide strategies and information to build upon the next in helping families to navigate and participate in the Special Education Process for their children.

 

Oct
12
Thu
SCSD Parent University Engagement Series: Session 1: Establishing and Maintaining Effective Partnerships with Your Child’s School @ Professional Development Center, Suite 1D
Oct 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Parent Engagement Series Provided for SCSD’s Parent University by SUPAC
Presented by Kristine O’Brien and Shana Lewis Parent Outreach Specialists at SUPAC

Session 1: Establishing and Maintaining Effective Partnerships with Your Child’s School

Good communication and partnerships with your child’s school team is an important component to creating a successful educational experience for students with disabilities. This training will cover essential elements of establishing and maintaining these relationships including: parent’s awareness of their legal rights and responsibilities as a member of the CSE team, the roles and responsibilities of the school professionals, utilization of effective communication strategies, and working together to resolve disagreements. SUPAC provides strategies, examples, and materials that will assist parents in their efforts to build relationships with school districts.


ABOUT THIS SERIES: All parents and family members can and should have meaningful participation in their children’s education, especially when the child receives special education supports and services. Effectively communicating and collaborating with the school team is essential to improved outcomes for students with disabilities. SCSD is pleased to host this six-part Family Engagement Series presented by SUPAC-Syracuse University Parent Assistance Center. Each session will provide strategies and information to build upon the next in helping families to navigate and participate in the Special Education Process for their children!

Oct
17
Tue
Special Education Assistance for Students with Behavioral Concerns @ Homewood Suites
Oct 17 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Behavior challenges, especially in the school setting, can be difficult to manage. This workshop will educate parents on how to best advocate for their child or teen in the school setting.  The following will be covered:

  • Superintendent’s Hearings/Manifestation Determination Review
  • Functional Behavior Assessments and Behavior Intervention Plans
  • 504/IEP planning for students with behavioral concerns
  • Trauma awareness and ACEs
  • What is the Behavior Assessment System for Children (BASC) and what does it mean for my child?

 

This event is free.  Seating is limited, priority registration given to parents.  Deadline to register is October 13, 2017.

To register please send your name, county of residence and phone number to register@familyrn.org.  Please indicate if you are a parent or provider and if your child has OPWDD eligibility.  Please include OPWDD TABS# when possible.

For questions or to register by phone call Shelley at (607)437-0077.

 



To see all upcoming trainings, go to our Events Calendar

Resources

Resources

SUPAC offers a variety of excellent resources to help parents understand and advocate for their children and family members with disabilities. Here you will find access to many downloadable resource handouts.

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SUPAC, the Mid-State Special Education Parent Technical Assistance Center, is funded through a contract with the New York State Education Department (NYSED) Office of Special Education and seeks to empower parents to become meaningfully involved in their children’s education through school, family, and community partnerships. SUPAC is a project of the Center on Human Policy and is located on the Syracuse University campus.

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