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PACER Center offers free workshops throughout Minnesota to parents of children with disabilities and the professionals working with families.

Workshop topics include areas of interest in special education, including information on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) program, early childhood, the area of transition for students 14-21 (housing, post secondary, employment, and community), assistive technology, and many more!

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  • Live Stream Event available

    ‘Appy Hour’: Apps for Video Modeling

    Date: Thursday, February 23, 2017
    Time: 11:00am-12:00pm
    Staff from the Simon Technology Center will explore the latest app offerings that support using and making video models. Do you have an app that you would like to share? Send the link to stc@pacer.org along with the reason that you like it and we’ll demonstrate it during the event.

  • Live Stream Event available

    ’Appy Hour': Apps for Pre-Academic Skills

    Date: Monday, April 17, 2017
    Time: 11:00am-12:00pm
    Staff from the Simon Technology Center explore the latest apps that support the development of fine motor skills, literacy, math skills, and more for young children. Tell us about your favorite app at stc@pacer.org and we’ll demonstrate it during the event.
  • “Who Cares About Kelsey?”

    Date: Monday, April 24, 2017
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    Dan Habib’s film “Who Cares about Kelsey?” tells the story of a near-dropout teen with emotional and behavioral disabilities. She learns how to become an empowered teen. Includes Q & A with a PACER advocate.
  • ABCs of the IEP for Transition-age Students and Their Parents

    Date: Tuesday, March 07, 2017
    Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
    The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires schools to invite youth with disabilities to attend the IEP meeting for transition planning. This workshop will help students with IEPs in eighth grade and higher and their parents understand how to use the IEP to assist with the transition to adulthood.
  • ABCs of the IEP for Transition-age Students and Their Parents

    Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2017
    Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
    This workshop helps students with IEPs in eighth grade and higher and their parents understand how to use the IEP to assist with the transition to adulthood.
    Location: Mankato

  • Live Stream Event available

    Afternoon Session: ‘Appy Hour’: Apps to Support Social and Emotional Development of Young Children

    Date: Tuesday, January 24, 2017
    Time: 3:00pm-4:00pm
    In this fast-paced informal sharing event, staff from the Simon Technology Center will explore the latest app offerings that support the social and emotional development of children. See apps that help children learn how to regulate, how to calm, and how to handle big emotions.
  • Anxiety at school: Making a plan that works

    Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2017
    Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm
    Come and hear these specialists talk about the struggle children have in school with anxiety and how to make a school plan that works – including issues related to special education, 504 plans, and positive interventions and supports. Registration is required because space is limited.

  • Live Stream Event available

    Assistive Technology for STEAM in Early Childhood

    Date: Thursday, March 30, 2017
    Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm
    This workshop provides background information about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) in early childhood settings, and information about how assistive technology can play a role in designing inclusive learning activities.
  • Becoming an Active Partner in Your Child’s IEP

    Date: Monday, February 06, 2017
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    This workshop for parents of children with disabilities, ages three to five, will provide an overview of the early childhood special education process, including evaluation procedures, writing goals, family rights, and how to take an active lead in the IEP process.

  • Live Stream Event available

    Becoming an Active Partner in Your Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)

    Date: Saturday, February 18, 2017
    Time: 9:00am-11:00am
    This workshop features an overview of families’ rights, roles, and responsibilities within the early intervention system process and the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) process.
  • Bullying Prevention – Everyone’s Responsibility

    Date: Monday, March 13, 2017
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    Bullying can be an isolating experience, not just for the kids involved, but for their parents, too. This workshop will offer a comprehensive overview for parents to learn what they can do to address and prevent bullying.
    Location: Golden Valley

  • Live Stream Event available

    Challenging Behaviors and the Transition IEP: Making a Plan for High School and Beyond

    Date: Thursday, March 23, 2017
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    This workshop provides information for parents of youth with challenging behaviors on creating a successful plan for graduation and beyond.
  • Early Childhood Parent Leadership Training

    Date: Saturday, April 22, 2017
    Time: 8:30am-3:30pm
    The Family Leadership Summit is an interactive training for parents of young children up to age seven with developmental delays or disabilities. Parents learn how to make their voices heard and enhance their knowledge of the early childhood special education process. Email jswett@pacer.org for additional information.

  • Live Stream Event available

    Everything You Need to Learn Before Your Child Turns Three

    Date: Thursday, April 06, 2017
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    This workshop helps families understand the transition process from Part C Early Intervention Services to Part B Preschool Services. Topics include transition requirements, Least Restrictive Environment (LRE), inclusion, and Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals and objectives. Parents will also learn how to actively participate in the transition process.

  • Live Stream Event available

    Finding and Funding Assistive Technology for Young Children

    Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2017
    Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm
    Assistive technology (AT) can be a powerful tool for young children with disabilities. This workshop discusses a variety of ways to acquire, fund, and reuse AT.
  • From Disability to Possibilities: The Power of Parents’ High Expectations in IEP Transition Planning

    Date: Tuesday, April 04, 2017
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    Parent expectations have a powerful influence on future outcomes. This workshop helps parents create high expectations and communicate them to their student and the IEP team.

  • Live Stream Event available

    Get a Seat at the Table: Learn How to Participate in the Decision-Making Process

    Date: Saturday, April 01, 2017
    Time: 9:00am-12:00pm
    This workshop helps prepare parents of young children up to age five to participate as stakeholders at multiple levels. Participants will learn about opportunities for involvement, review the skills needed to participate, and discuss the data used to make decisions.

  • Live Stream Event available

    Going to School: Telepresence and Robotics

    Date: Monday, January 30, 2017
    Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm
    Students with disabilities or health concerns that keep them out of school now have a way to fully participate in their classrooms. They can be virtually present using telepresence and robotic technology . In this workshop, we will explore telepresence and robotic technologies that can be used in the classroom, discuss challenges and share success stories.
  • Hot Tips on the Individualized Education Program: Is Your Child’s IEP Individualized and Appropriate?

    Date: Saturday, March 04, 2017
    Time: 9:30am-11:30am
    Parents will learn to use their child’s special education evaluation report to determine how well the Individualized Education Program (IEP) addresses their child’s needs. Parents must bring the child’s most current school evaluation and IEP.
  • Housing: Starting the Journey, a three-part workshop series. Step 3 — What are the options?

    Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2017
    Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm
    This interactive workshop provides a more detailed explanation of individualized housing and services options so that parents and young adults can consider what may work for them. A panel of parents, young adults, and housing providers will share their journey through the housing process. Please note that this workshop is on a Tuesday. Registration recommended for all three workshops in this series (Monday 2/13, Monday 2/27, Tuesday 3/14).
  • Housing: Starting the Journey, a three-part workshop series. Step 1 - How do we start?

    Date: Monday, February 13, 2017
    Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm
    What is important to your son/daughter? Important for your son/daughter? How can they best be supported? This interactive workshop will focus on person-centered planning concepts and tools to help your son or daughter get started with their vision for community living, housing, and services. An overview of the housing and services options will be provided. Registration recommended for all three workshops in this series (Monday 2/13, Monday 2/27, Tuesday 3/14).
  • Housing: Starting the Journey, a three-part workshop series. Step 2 — How is it paid for?

    Date: Monday, February 27, 2017
    Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm
    Parents will gain a “big picture” view of how housing is funded through federal, state, and county resources. You learn how your son or daughter can become eligible for and access funding. Topics include income supplements and budgets. Registration recommended for all three workshops in this series (Monday 2/13, Monday 2/27, Tuesday 3/14).
  • How Parents Can Effectively Communicate with the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team

    Date: Thursday, February 16, 2017
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    A NEW interactive workshop will help parents advocate for their child within the special education process. Parents will receive tips and tools to help them become more effective communicators as a member of their child’s IEP team.
  • IDEA: Understanding the Special Education Process

    Date: Tuesday, April 04, 2017
    Time: 6:00pm-8:30pm
    This workshop outlines the basic principles of special education and provides materials to help parents organize special education records.
    Location: Marshall

  • Live Stream Event available

    Including Assistive Technology in the IFSP and IEP

    Date: Wednesday, January 18, 2017
    Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm
    In this workshop, we will provide families, teachers, and other professionals a way to be intentional about the process of considering assistive technology and ensure it is included in the IFSP/IEP document. Participants will learn how to use the TIKES Project’s Child-Centered AT Plan to consider and document assistive technology for children ages birth to five.
  • Life Planning for People with Disabilities: Guardianship

    Date: Monday, May 01, 2017
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    Participants will learn about guardianship-conservatorship laws, power of attorney, trust, and other life planning issues. Each session (5/1 and 5/15) covers different information.
  • Life Planning for People with Disabilities: Trusts

    Date: Monday, May 15, 2017
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    Participants will learn about guardianship-conservatorship laws, power of attorney, trust, and other life planning issues. Each session (5/1 and 5/15) covers different information.

  • Live Stream Event available

    Making the Move from Early Childhood Special Education to Kindergarten

    Date: Saturday, March 18, 2017
    Time: 9:00am-11:00am
    For a child with disabilities, kindergarten readiness often requires special preparation. This workshop helps parents plan for this transition and learn how to help their child succeed in elementary school. Parents will learn how to become active participants in the transition process.
  • PACER’s 13th Annual Housing Resource and Information Fair

    Date: Saturday, April 15, 2017
    Time: 9:00am-12:00pm
    Families can meet with service providers, state and county representatives, along with representatives from referral organizations to discuss housing options, services, supports, and related issues for children and young adults with disabilities.

  • Live Stream Event available

    Parent Leadership Training on Children’s Mental Health

    Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2017
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    This workshop offers parents information about improvements and progress within our systems of care, and support for children and youth with mental health and behavioral health challenges.
  • Planning for Educational Inclusion

    Date: Tuesday, January 31, 2017
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    Parents of children with significant disabilities will learn more about educational inclusion. Topics include least restrictive environments, access to the general curriculum, and tips for social inclusion at school.
  • Responding to Challenging Behaviors at Home, at School, and in the Community

    Date: Monday, May 08, 2017
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    This workshop covers tips and strategies on creating a home plan that supports positive behaviors, understanding the role of Section 504 and special education at school, and partnering with service providers when challenging behaviors persist.
    Location: Bemidji

  • Live Stream Event available

    Social Media & Bullying: Using Technology to Keep Kids Safe

    Date: Monday, March 06, 2017
    Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm
    PACER’s Simon Technology Center (STC) and National Bullying Prevention Center (NBPC) will discuss the technology young people use, and the technology parents can use to keep them safe and raise responsible young digital citizens.
  • Special Education and Challenging Behaviors

    Date: Thursday, January 19, 2017
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    This workshop offers information about how parents of children with mental health, emotional or behavioral challenges can effectively communicate and plan with the school for a child with mental health, emotional or behavioral challenges Special Education process.
  • Special Education and Challenging Behaviors

    Date: Thursday, March 16, 2017
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    This workshop offers information about how parents of children with mental health, emotional or behavioral challenges can effectively communicate through the school’s special education process.
    Location: Elk River
  • Special Education and the Important Role You Play for Your Child

    Date: Tuesday, April 04, 2017
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    Participants will learn how to use their rights and abilities to advocate for their child and work effectively with the school.
    Location: Cottage Grove
  • Tech for Teens: Science or Science Fiction? A Star Wars 3D Printed Universe

    Date: Saturday, May 20, 2017
    Time: 10:00am-11:30am
    Teens with disabilities learn from a professional – in full Star Wars costume – the science behind science fiction. Teens learn about 3D printing technology and walk through the engineering and design process in a hands-on simulated activity.
  • Tech for Teens: Wheels and Wires

    Date: Saturday, February 25, 2017
    Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm
    In this workshop, teens will learn the basics of engineering through a “day in the life of an engineer” presentation. Teens will also have the opportunity to build an electrical circuit, and collaborate and share ideas with their peers.
  • Technology for Girls: A Digital Game of Simon Says

    Date: Saturday, February 04, 2017
    Time: 9:00am-10:30am
    Middle school girls with disabilities are invited to join mentors from the University of Minnesota’s MnDrive program to see how fun programming can be. Learn how to program lights, buzzers, and more following instructions based on code you write! No experience necessary.
  • Technology for Girls: Become an Inventor

    Date: Saturday, March 11, 2017
    Time: 9:00am-10:30am
    Middle school girls with disabilities will become inventors in this Tech for Girls workshop! Eagan’s Green Girls Robotics team will teach participants about engineering and circuits. Participants will use a Little Bits kit to invent a motorized art machine. Join us for this workshop and see what’s possible with a “little bit” of engineering!
  • Technology for Girls: STEM Club, Electrify

    Date: Saturday, January 21, 2017
    Time: 9:00am-10:30am
    To have your inventions working, you need something very important: electricity. This STEM Club session hosted by the Green Girls from the Eagan robotics team will focus on all things electrical. Middle school girls with disabilities will gain a general understanding of electricity. Participants will apply what they learn and create wacky, LED circuit creatures and potato clocks!
  • The ABCs of the IEP: A Guide to the Individualized Education Program (IEP) for Minnesota Parents

    Date: Tuesday, February 07, 2017
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    This workshop will help parents understand how to use the IEP to benefit their child. Parents will learn how each required part of the IEP can be developed to meet the child’s needs.
  • The ABCs of the IEP: A Guide to the Individualized Education Program (IEP) for Minnesota Parents

    Date: Monday, April 03, 2017
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    This workshop helps parents understand how to use the IEP to benefit their child. Parents learn how each required part of the IEP can be developed to meet the child’s needs.
    Location: New Ulm
  • The ABCs of the IEP: A Guide to the Individualized Education Program (IEP) for Minnesota Parents

    Date: Thursday, April 06, 2017
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    This workshop helps parents understand how to use the IEP to benefit their child. Parents learn how each required part of the IEP can be developed to meet the child’s needs.
    Location: Willmar
  • The ABCs of the IEP: A Guide to the Individualized Education Program (IEP) for Minnesota Parents

    Date: Thursday, April 06, 2017
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    This workshop helps parents understand how to use the IEP to benefit their child. Parents learn how each required part of the IEP can be developed to meet the child’s needs.
    Location: Stillwater
  • The ABCs of the IEP: A Guide to the Individualized Education Program (IEP) for Minnesota Parents

    Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2017
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    This workshop helps parents understand how to use the IEP to benefit their child. Parents learn how each required part of the IEP can be developed to meet the child’s needs.
    Location: Duluth
  • The ABCs of the IEP: Making the Individualized Education Program Work for Your Child

    Date: Thursday, March 02, 2017
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    This workshop will help parents understand how to use the IEP to benefit their child. Parents will learn how each required part of the IEP can be developed to meet the child’s needs.
  • The Bridge to Work: Supplemental Security Income and Employment Planning

    Date: Wednesday, March 01, 2017
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    This workshop provides information on how parents of youth with disabilities can apply for Supplemental Security Income and Vocational Rehabilitation Service benefits for young adults at age 18.
  • The Bridge to Work: Supplemental Security Income and Employment Planning

    Date: Wednesday, April 05, 2017
    Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm
    This workshop provides information on how parents of youth with disabilities can apply for Supplemental Security Income and Vocational Rehabilitation Service benefits for young adults at age 18.
    Location: St. Paul

  • Live Stream Event available

    Tips and Tools for Talking with School Staff

    Date: Tuesday, March 07, 2017
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    This workshop provides parents of special education students practical tips and interactive problem-solving experiences to build the skills necessary to communicate effectively with school staff and resolve differences.
  • Transition: Pathways to the Future - Using the IEP to Develop Transition Services

    Date: Thursday, February 16, 2017
    Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
    This workshop will help parents of children with disabilities understand how to use the Individualized Education Program (IEP) to develop transition services that support their youth in planning for life after high school. Parents of students in the eighth grade and beyond are encouraged to attend.
  • Transitioning to Employment

    Date: Thursday, February 02, 2017
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    This workshop for families of transition-age youth will provide information on career exploration and planning. Parents will learn how to help prepare their youth for employment and life skills after high school.

  • Live Stream Event available

    Video Modeling in Early Childhood

    Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2017
    Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm
    Video modeling can be an effective tool for teaching novel skills. This workshop will introduce participants to video modeling strategies and discuss methods for implementation in early childhood settings.
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