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Effective Communication Between Schools and Families @ Hillside Children's Center
Aug 29 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Effective Communication Between Schools and Families @ Hillside Children's Center | Fulton | New York | United States

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.

This Training is free but Registration is Required.

Transition Planning 101: Getting Started with IEP Transition Plans @ Access to Independence of Cortland County, Inc., ATI Community Room
Aug 30 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Transition Planning 101: Getting Started with IEP Transition Plans @ Access to Independence of Cortland County, Inc., ATI Community Room  | Cortland | New York | United States

Post-Secondary Transition is planning and preparing for one’s future after high school while still in school. In this workshop, you will learn about the transition process for students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).  You will also learn the answers to the following questions and more:

  • What does Post-Secondary Transition mean?
  • When should planning begin for transition from school to the adult world?
  • Who is involved in the transition process?
  • What does transition planning look like in the IEP?

This training is open to all families that want to learn about transition planning for students with IEPs and is highly recommended for families of students in Middle School and High School

Understanding the IEP @ Family Advocacy Center (Deerfield)
Sep 14 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Understanding the IEP @ Family Advocacy Center (Deerfield) | Utica | New York | United States

The IEP is the cornerstone of the special education process. “Understanding the IEP” walks families through the New York State standard IEP form and helps them to understand the various components of the IEP, how it impacts their child’s education program, who writes the IEP, and what individualized means. “Understanding the IEP” will also provide families with tips and tools to participate in the IEP development process to help promote positive education outcomes.

This Presentation is Free—Registration is Required

Please RSVP to Karen DeGouff (315-797-8630) by 9/12/17.

CORTLAND FAMILY CONNECTIONS SERIES: Session 1: The Special Education Process @ Cortland City School District Kaufman Center
Sep 20 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

A Special Series for Parents and Family Members
Presented by SUPAC and hosted by Cortland City School District

SESSION 1: The Special Education Process

The special education process can be complex and difficult to navigate for many families. This training will cover everything you need to know from referral to resolving disagreements. Some of the items we cover are:

  • Timelines
  • Referral process
  • Evaluations
  • Eligibility
  • IEP development and implementation
  • and more….

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.


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.

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