Most Popular SUPAC Trainings

Topics of SUPAC trainings include:


SUPAC Services and Special Education Resources

This training will introduce you to the Mid-State Region Special Education Parent Center and the services we provide to benefit families of students with disabilities. This training will also introduce “parent friendly” resources to help you navigate the Special Education process.

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CPSE/CSE Parent Member Training (NYSED Vetted)

The Syracuse University Parent Advocacy Center (SUPAC) in collaboration with the Mid-State and Central Regional Special Education Technical Assistance Support Centers  (RSE-TASC) provides this NYSED vetted training.

This three and a half hour training is designed to certify individuals to become a CPSE/CSE parent member and to ensure that all members function effectively in their role. The target audience is current members or soon-to-be parent members. It is designed to assist all parent members of the CPSE/CSE in building their base of knowledge about the Committee process and to fulfill their role on the Committee as defined by New York State regulations. Participants will learn the steps of the special education process, basic vocabulary, laws, and regulations pertaining to students with disabilities and understand a child’s special education rights. CPSE/CSE Members as well as parents of children with disabilities will find the training valuable and are encouraged to attend. All participants receive a certificate of attendance.

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

Transition for Families: Preparing for Life After High School (NYSED Vetted)

This NYSED vetted training was developed in collaboration with NYS Special Education Parent Centers and the Regional Special Education Technical Assistance Support Center (RSE-TASC) Transition Specialists.

This workshop will provide participants with information about the transition process, the importance of collaboration with school personnel, and the options available to individuals with disabilities once they leave high school. The workshop focuses on three essential considerations for students who have disabilities to achieve successful transition and career development:

  • Your child today
  • Your child in the future
  • Support required to help your child achieve his/her goals.

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Functional Behavior Assessments (FBA) and Behavior Interventions Plans (BIP): How to be a Partner with Your School District

 This training covers topics such as:

  • What to do when your child is having behavior difficulties at school?
  • What is an FBA and BIP?
  • How to request an FBA and BIP for your child.
  • How to act as a partner with your child’s school and the Committee on Special Education (CSE) team during the FBA Process.
  • The steps the CSE team should take in developing and implementing a BIP.
  • The role of each CSE team member (teacher, parent, psychologist, administrator, etc.) in this process.

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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.

Proactive Preparation for a Positive Start to the School Year

This training provides proactive tips to help make your child’s start to the new school year a success. We will give parents strategies for establishing relationships with your new school team; who to meet with, when to meet, and what to do if you have questions regarding your child’s services.

What Works Portfolio

The “What Works Portfolio” is a collection of strategies and ideas to share with your child’s team and help communicate your child’s strengths and needs throughout the school year. This activity based training will help parents and students create their own portfolio.  Students are encouraged to attend this training.

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Helping Parents and Schools Become More Effective Partners: Special Education Mediation: A Collaborative Option for Resolving Disputes (offered once per year in collaboration with NYSDRA)

This three-hour informational session developed by the New York State Dispute Resolution Association (NYSDRA) offers attendees an opportunity to look at conflict differently, learn about tools and resources to enable people to communicate more effectively and meet representatives from organizations available to assist parents and schools with communication issues.

What Do I Do If I Disagree? The Dispute Resolution Process

There are Procedural Safeguards have been established to protect parents and students with disabilities.

This training provides an overview of important information contained in these safeguards, especially:

  • Communication Steps for Resolving Disagreements
  • Basic Rights and Legal Terms
  • Filing a State Complaint
  • Due Process Procedures
  • Mediation Process
  • Impartial Hearing and Resolution Sessions

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Do You Have an Idea About IDEA: Special Education Laws and Regulations

Understanding special educational law is essential for parents to effectively advocate.  This training session will introduce you to Federal and State laws and regulations that protect your rights as a parent and those of your child. You will learn how to navigate through resources that will assist you in understanding special education laws and regulations so that you can meaningfully and effectively participate in your child’s CSE team.

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Getting Organized: Creating a Special Education Notebook

This make and take workshop provides parents with the tools necessary to effectively and proactively prepare for the school year and beyond. “Getting Organized” will encourage parents to work collaboratively with their school team, organize their records, learn what records to keep, and what to put in writing.

A Special Education binder will be provided at this training. Be sure to bring a picture of your child, work samples, IEP, progress reports, and any additional items you want to include in your binder.

Getting Organized: Preparing for Your CSE Meetings

This training covers:

  • Tips on preparing for child’s Committee on Special Education (CSE) meeting
  • Discuss the purpose of the CSE meeting
  • Roles and responsibilities of CSE members
  • Important documentation you should have
  • What kinds of questions to ask at a CSE meeting
  • How to collaborate with CSE team members

Every parent walks away with a notebook filled with resources that will help them navigate the special education process.

Parents’ Rights and Responsibilities within the Special Education System

What is the parent’s role in the special education process?

  • To be fully informed
  • To be an active member of the CSE Team
  • To be an effective communicator
  • To have full access to all school records (FERPA)
  • And more…..

This training will teach you the basics of your rights and responsibilities and your role as a parent in the special education process.

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Parent Involvement

Research shows that when parents are involved in their children’s education there is a significant improvement in many areas including: grades, attendance and behavior.

This workshop discusses the importance of parent involvement in their child’s education and explores different areas of parent involvement.

Promoting Learning Over the Summer

This is a hands-on workshop where parents will be able to make and take activities that will help their children to continue learning over the summer. Parents will also be provided with many more ideas including: academic activities, computer games, and places to visit. Be ready to learn and have fun!

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Accommodations, Modifications, and Adaptations

An IEP or 504 Plan is individualized to meet the unique needs of a student with a disability.  For many the key to success is having appropriate adaptations, accommodations, and/or modifications made to meet their individual needs in accessing the general education curriculum. This training will provide parents with an overview of the differences between accommodations, modifications, and adaptations and will also help guide parents in understanding what is appropriate in the school setting.

Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)

The definition of LRE states that, “children should be educated, to the maximum extent possible, alongside non-disabled peers, have access to the general education curriculum and attend the same schools they would if they did not have a disability (200.1(cc);200.4(d)(2)(viii);200.4(d)(4)(ii).”

Understanding the continuum of services and Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) will inform parents and help them be an effective advocate for their child.

Special Education Resources

This training introduces parents to resources and websites to help them understand the Special Education process. During this training we will focus on navigating the NYSED website and learning the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education in regards to Special Education law (Part 200 and 201).

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 much more…

Understanding the Difference Between a 504 Plan and an IEP

This workshop will help parents understand the differences between an IEP and 504 plan, as well as the eligibility and supports provided through each plan. Parents will gain strategies for assisting in the development of theses plans to reflect the unique needs of their child in order to have positive educational outcomes.

Understanding the Individualized Education Program (IEP)

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.

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Tools for Parents: A Transition Focused Guide (AKA The Transition Tool Kit)

A successful transition process is based on the student strengths, preferences and interests, and requires collaboration between the student, family, school district and community agencies.  Transition planning and services are designed to prepare a student with a disability to achieve his or her post-secondary goals related to living, learning and earning within the community.

This training was developed by Central and Mid-State RSE-TASC Transition Specialists and SUPAC.

In this training you will learn what is required by educational entities in planning and preparing for a student’s transition from high school to adult life. Parents and other participants will also be given the opportunity to:

  • identify key actions that should take place during a young adults’ journey to adult life in order to be best prepared;
  • become familiar with various tools and assessments that will strengthen the transition process and assure preparatory activities are targeted and purposeful; and
  • be given an overview of various community connections that should be established in order to assist in adult life.

Parents will be given a comprehensive resource binder which will include general information, regulation requirements and transition planning tools.          

Transition Planning–At All Ages and Stages

It is essential to learn strategies for all transitions such as: grade to grade, school to school, from one program to another, or into post-secondary activities. This training will provide strategies for parents and students to be involved in all levels of transition planning and effectively communicating with their school through this process.

Understanding Diploma and Credential Options for Students with Disabilities

Have you heard about the new Diploma and Credential options for students with disabilities? This training will provide families with important information to help them understand these options to become an active participant in the transition planning process.

Participants will understand:

  • The current Graduation/Diploma options in NY State;
  • The Current Credential/Exiting options in NY State; and
  • The importance of Career Development Occupational Studies integration.

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