Turning Conflict into Positive Outcomes
Tuesday, October 22 @ 12:15 p.m. CT
In this web training, participants will explore effective ways to navigate through conflict by learning the importance of framing a conflict event, identifying underlying interests, and other collaborative communication skills. Participants will have an opportunity to self-reflect on their conflict styles and biases as they learn skills and strategies for effectively managing conflict. For nearly 20 years, the National Center for Dispute Resolution in Special Education, CADRE, has provided a wealth of materials and resources to help understand and work through conflicts that may arise between parents and their children’s schools. Applicable resources for parents will be shared with the attendees.
Partners Resource Network will be hosting a virtual focus group for the School, Family, and Community Engagement Network on October 22 at 1:15 pm. CT, immediately following Partners Resource Network’s Turning Conflict into Positive Outcomes statewide webinar.
About our presenter: Dr. Melanie Reese joined the National Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE) as Director in October 2017 after having served as the Dispute Resolution Coordinator for the Idaho Department of Education’s Special Education Department since 2010. In that time, she helped grow Idaho’s facilitation program into a thriving and valuable option for Idaho’s districts and parents. Additionally, she oversaw the state’s mediation, state complaint and due process hearing processes where she worked closely with Idaho’s Parent Training and Information Center and Local Educational Agencies. As professor emeritus (Boise State University, 2009), Dr. Reese remains active in the academic community and is the co-author of two successful textbooks in conflict and mediation studies. Dr. Reese currently sits on Boise State University’s Dispute Resolution Graduate Advisory Board and is a member of their graduate teaching faculty. In addition to her career as a university professor, her past work includes serving on the Executive Board of the Idaho Mediation Association, practicing as a professional mediator since 1990, and serving as a college ombudsman. Melanie regularly provides training and coaching in conflict management, special education dispute resolution, and organizational communication.
Niños con discapacidad que hacen bullying en la escuela: estrategias para padres
29 de octubre a las 12:15 p.m. (hora del Centro)
Acompáñenos el martes 29 de octubre a las 12:15 p.m (hora del Centro) en la presentación de la Dra. Gracie Reyes-McDonald, de Grace Psychological Services, quien compartirá estrategias para los padres cuyos hijos con discapacidad son los responsables de acosar (bullying) a otros estudiantes en la escuela.
La Dra. Reyes-McDonald hablará sobre:
- Las relaciones entre los compañeros durante las diferentes etapas de desarrollo y las maneras en que los padres pueden ayudar a su hijo a abordar conflictos y a construir buenas relaciones,
- La definición de acoso y sus diferentes tipos, tales como el ciberacoso y la intimidación,
- La experiencia de acoso y su relación con una discapacidad,
- Los posibles signos de acoso,
- El papel de los padres en el acoso y,
- Las adaptaciones educativas para los niños que acosan y que tienen una discapacidad.
Conozca a nuestra presentadora: la Dra. Gracie Reyes-McDonald es una psicóloga licenciada bilingüe (Inglés/Español) y especialista licenciada en psicología escolar con amplia capacitación y experiencia en la evaluación y tratamiento de niños y adolescentes de diversos orígenes culturales, sociales y económicos. La doctora Reyes-McDonald tiene más de 16 años de experiencia trabajando en escuelas públicas y ha realizado cursos en el Centro Meyer de Pediatría del Desarrollo del Hospital de Niños de Texas y en el Centro Harris para la Salud Mental y Discapacidades Intelectuales y del Desarrollo (antiguamente conocido como MHMRA del condado de Harris).
La doctora Reyes-McDonald se especializa en la evaluación e intervención del Trastorno del Espectro de Autismo, en la evaluación emocional y conductual (ADHD, trastornos del estado de ánimo, ansiedad, mutismo selectivo, problemas conductuales), en la evaluación de trastornos del aprendizaje (entre ellos, dislexia) e intervención conductual. Las metas de la doctora Reyes-McDonald son identificar las fortalezas y debilidades del niño/adolescente y proporcionar recomendaciones a las familias para abordar las áreas de debilidad al mismo tiempo que se identifican las áreas de fortalezas.
The Emotional Side for Parents Who Have Children with Learning Disabilities
Tuesday, November 5 @ 12:15 p.m. CT
Join us on November 5 @ 12:15 p.m. CT, as Dr. Malvika Behl, West Texas A&M University, discusses the emotional aspects of having a child with special needs which includes the stages of grief and the challenges of having a child with a learning disability.
About our presenter: Dr. Malvika Behl is an LPC-Intern (TX) and licensed School Counselor (OH). Dr. Behl is a professor at West Texas A&M University and has been working closely with the Center for Learning Disability. She has been working with parents of children with disability through individual and group counseling session. She has experience in counseling adults and children.
Texas Legal Framework
Thursday, November 7 @ 12:15 p.m. CT
Join us on November 7 @ 12:15 pm CT for a tour of the Texas Legal Framework and learn how to utilize this important tool when advocating for your child.
The Legal Framework is a statewide leadership project partnering the Texas Education Agency and Region 18 Education Service Center. The project which includes contacts from each educational service center is a compilation of state and federal requirements for special education organized by topic in a user-friendly format. Additional resources available on the Legal Framework website include the Notice of Procedural Safeguards, Parent’s Guide to the ARD Process, and the Special Education Rules and Regulations document.
Child Find: What Is It and How Does It Work?
Wednesday, November 13 @ 12:15 p.m. CT
In collaboration with Region 10 ESC
This webinar provides an opportunity for you to learn about IDEA’s Child Find mandate, who is covered, what schools are required to do and how you can request an evaluation for your child should you have concerns regarding their progress. Identifying children with disabilities is an important first step toward getting them the help they need to succeed in school.
About our presenter: Robin Pokladnik is currently the Child Find and Evaluation Consultant for Region 10 Education Service Center. She has worked the majority of her career in special education serving as an educational diagnostician, special education facilitator, coordinator and director of special education.
Helpful Hints for Military Families with EFMs
Tuesday, November 19 @ 12:15 p.m. CT
Attendees will benefit from this presentation on serving in the military with special needs children and the resources available to this specialized population. The Interstate Compact, EFMP, Special Education, Tricare, and Retirement are some of the topics to be covered during this informative webinar. Keri Peko, Military Outreach Specialist and Navy spouse of 25 years, will help you figure out how to serve with a special needs child.
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About our presenter: Keri Peko founded MASC, the first Tricare approved, not-for-profit applied behavior analysis and family support provider, in 2005 to serve the Hampton Roads area of southeast Virginia. She assisted the center’s clients by providing in-home parent training and advocacy during IEP meetings while managing the business. Her 18 year- old daughter with severe autism inspired Keri to address the needs of children with autism in her community. Keri has had the opportunity to meet with senior military leadership, members of Congress, and health care industry leaders to address autism and the impact it has on military readiness. The Peko family has lived all over the United States but has been in Chesapeake for 15 years. Keri’s husband currently serves our country in the U.S. Navy and has for 27 years.
Dyscalculia: Mathematics Learning Disability
Causes, Characteristics, and Interventions
Tuesday, December 3 @ 12:15 p.m. CT
In this webinar, you’ll learn the risk factors and causes of dyscalculia, and discover the cognitive and mathematical characteristics of students with dyscalculia. Then, you’ll get examples of dyscalculia toolkits, screeners, and intensive mathematics interventions.