Workshops / Trainings
Featured Training: Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports
A proactive strategy for defining, teaching and supporting student behavior resulting in academic and social gains and a positive school environment
Research shows that when a school environment is positive and predictable, students feel safer, have better academic performance, higher test results and make better behavior choices. Schools also show a gain in instructional time, reduction in out of school suspensions and discipline referrals and show a decrease in referrals to Special Education.
Is it a curriculum?
No. PBIS is not a curriculum, but a process of planning and problem solving that includes direct teaching of social behaviors like academics. The basic PBIS approach is to use proactive, research-based strategies to teach clearly defined behavioral expectations. Most importantly, it establishes ongoing behavior supports that can be used by ALL students, staff, volunteers, parents and community members.
Can parents be involved?
Yes! Research shows that parent involvement in a child’s school experience greatly increases their chances for academic success, positive behavior, higher self-esteem, better attendance and greater motivation. Parents are key sources of information about their child, are their child’s first teachers, and have strengths and interests that can contribute to the educational process. When schools and families work together to support learning, children tend to succeed not just in school, but also throughout life. (National PTA, n.a.; Newman L. 2005; Henderson and Berla, 1997).
Upcoming Workshops & Events
“Who Cares About Kelsey?”
Date: Monday, April 24, 2017
Dan Habib’s film “Who Cares about Kelsey?” tells the story of Kelsey’s
transformation from a defiant and disruptive “problem student” to a motivated and selfconfident young woman. Along the way, critical figures in her personal and educational life shape her coming of age, and play important roles in an education revolution that’s about empowering— not overpowering—youth with emotional and behavioral challenges. Includes Q & A with a PACER advocate.
The ABCs of the IEP: A Guide to the Individualized Education Program (IEP) for Minnesota Parents
Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2017
This workshop helps parents understand how to use the Individualized Education Program (IEP) to benefit their child. We will use the PACER booklet, “Guide for Minnesota Parents to the IEP,” to understand how each required part of the IEP can be developed to meet the child’s needs. Parents will gain knowledge about how to participate effectively in the annual IEP meeting.
ABCs of the IEP for Transition-age Students and Their Parents
Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2017
This workshop will help students with IEPs and their parents understand how to use the Individualized Education Program (IEP) to assist with the transition to adulthood. Presenters will use the PACER booklet, “Guide for Minnesota Parent to the IEP,” to help participants understand how each required part of the IEP can be developed to meet the student’s needs and move them in the direction of their hopes and dreams. Students should be able to participate in a computer based activity.
Tips and Tools for Talking with School Staff
Date: Thursday, April 27, 2017
This free workshop will offer parents of special education students practical, easy-to-use tips for communicating with school staff and resolving differences in effective ways. Participants will learn how to prepare for meetings, gather information, resolve disagreements, ask questions, and become an equal partner.
Date: Monday, May 01, 2017
Participants will learn about guardianship-conservatorship laws and other life planning issues. Each session (5/1 and 5/15) covers different information.
Understanding Depression and How to Develop Skills Needed to Help Your Child
Date: Tuesday, May 02, 2017
Parenting a child with mental health challenges can be incredibly difficult at times, but there are skills parents can learn to help their child heal, recover, and prevent recurrences of depression. Child and adolescent psychiatrist Dr. Read Sulik, who speaks nationally about children’s mental health, will lead this interactive workshop for parents and professionals.
Special & Supplemental Needs Trusts
Date: Monday, May 15, 2017
This workshop will focus on power of attorney, health care
directive, special & supplemental needs trusts, and the ABLE Act. Each session (5/1 and 5/15) covers different information.
The Paradox of Dyslexia: Slow Readers and Fast Thinkers
Date: Wednesday, June 07, 2017
Drs. Sally E. Shaywitz, M.D., and Bennett A. Shaywitz, M.D., co-directors of the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity, will speak about the paradox of intelligent individuals who have difficulty reading. They will discuss screening, diagnosis, evidence-based interventions, and new educational approaches. The Drs. Shaywitz will talk about the importance of recognizing the abilities of children with dyslexia, including examples of people with dyslexia who are at the very top of their career fields. The event costs $20.
Copies of Dr. Sally Shaywitz’ award-winning, best-selling book, Overcoming Dyslexia, will be available for purchase, and she will sign copies after the presentation.