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Parent Training and Information 2013-2014 Workshop Schedule

Federation Workshops and Schedule

Basic Rights in Special Education: This workshop provides families with an introduction to their rights and responsibilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Massachusetts Special Education Law and No Child Left Behind (NCLB). It is designed to help parents learn how to be effective partners with their child’s school to decide the child’s eligibility for special education, and to plan, make decisions and monitor their child’s progress in school. Workshop materials are also available in Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese. Federation staff suggest that you attend this workshop first in order to better understand our other workshops. School districts typically pay for a Basic Rights workshop except for qualifying MassPAC member districts who receive it free of charge.

Derechos Básicos en Educación (Spanish): Esta taller le informa a los padres de familia sobre sus derechos y responsabilidades bajo la Ley para la Educación de Individuos con Discapacidades (IDEA - por sus siglas en Ingles) y la Ley de Educación Especial de Massachussets. Está diseñado para guiar a los padres de familia a aprender como trabajar efectivamente con la escuela, como decidir si el niño es elegible para recibir educación especial, como planear, como tomar decisiones y hacerle un seguimiento al progreso educativo de su niño. Los materiales del taller están disponibles en Español, Portugués y Ciñese.Los empleados de la Federación que UD. asiste este taller primero para que tenga una mejor comprensión de la información proporcionada en nuestros otros talleres.

Direitos Básicos na Educação Especial (Portuguese): Esta palestra fornece as fámilias uma introdução de seus direitos e responsabilidades abaixo da Lei para Educação de Invíduos Deficientes (IDEA) e lei de Educação Especial de Massachusetts. A palestra é designada para ajudar os pais a aprender como ser auxiliadores mais efetivos com a escola para decider a elegibidade da criança para uma educação especial, planejamento, decisões e para monitorar o progresso educacional de suas crianças.O funcionários na Federação sugere que você assista a esta palestra primeiro para ter uma melhor compreensão das informações fornecidas em outras de nossas palestras.

Celebrate Yourself! Self-Determination and Successful Students: This workshop is designed to be presented to individuals with special needs and their parents. Discussion emphasizes understanding your own learning styles; sharing with others how you learn best; recognizing and embracing your talents, abilities, and strengths; and developing self determination and self advocacy skills. This workshop is generally conducted after school or on early release days when students are available to attend.

Creating a Vision: This is a participatory workshop during which parents are guided to transform their hopes and dreams into a written vision for their child’s future. Handouts assist participants in breaking down their visions into skill categories. The group will engage in discussion about how these skills can be integrated into their child’s IEP development. This workshop topic has no grant funding. It can be scheduled as a “for fee” workshop only.

Effective Communication and the IEP: This workshop offers communication skill building and conflict resolution for parents in their roles as IEP Team members. This workshop topic has no grant funding. It can be scheduled as a “for fee” workshop only. MassPAC member districts receive a two-thirds discount.

An IEP for My Child: Every child with a disability who receives special education services must have an Individualized Education Program (IEP). This workshop takes parents step-by-step through IEP development, including how to articulate a vision, using evaluations to write measurable goals, and measuring their child’s progress. This workshop is also available in Spanish and Portuguese.

Un IEP para Mi Niño (Spanish): Todo niño/a con una incapacidad o’ discapacidad y que recibe servicios de educación especial, debe tener un Plan Educativo Individualizado (PEI) (IEP). Este taller le presentara? a los padres, los diferentes pasos a seguir en el desarrollo de un PEI (IEP). Incluirá la importancia de articular la visión, usando evaluaciones para poder escribir metas anuales que se puedan medir o? ver, como también el poder de cuál ha sido el progreso del niño/a, en la escuela a través de los servicios ofrecidos.

Um IEP para Minha Criança (Portuguese): Nesta palestra os pais aprenderão como ler um IEP. Toda criança com deficiência, que seja atendida pelos serviços de educação especial, deve ser contemplada com um Programa de Educação Individualizado. Esta palestra orienta os pais passo-a-passo no desenvolvimento da IEP, inclusive na maneira como visualizar ou articular uma Visão, utilizando avaliações para estabelecer metas anuais que sejam mensuráveis com uma metodologia própria que defina como medir o progresso de seu filho/sua filha.

MCAS – Access and Achievement for Students with Disabilities: The Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) is a tool to measure progress in the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks or general curriculum. This workshop will help parents understand how their children with disabilities can participate in MCAS in a meaningful way to demonstrate what they have learned. Discussion will include standard and non-standard accommodations and alternate assessments. This workshop topic has limited grant funding; quotas for the 2009/2010 school year have been fulfilled. For the remainder of the school year, MCAS can be scheduled as a “for fee” workshop only.

Suspension & Discipline in Special Education: This workshop explains discipline rules, due process and procedural safeguards required under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Learn how to recognize and assess the function of school behaviors and how to proactively approach behavior management in a way that can yield positive results. Understand the role of school discipline codes and suspension/expulsion policies.

Transition 101 – High School to Adulthood: This workshop addresses effective use of the IEP and the Massachusetts Transition Planning Form for students who are ages 14 – 22. Individualized, person centered planning of curriculum and supports throughout high school leads to better post high school outcomes and opportunities in education, training, and/or employment for students with disabilities. Discussion includes age of majority, self determination and self advocacy, life skill development and preparing students to pursue as independent an adult life as possible. This workshop can be presented in Spanish.

Turning Three Essentials: This workshop provides information for parents about the process of transitioning a child from Early Intervention to publicly funded preschool. Discussion includes the required Early Intervention transition planning steps, eligibility for special education, the TEAM process and the parent’s role in planning, making decisions and monitoring progress for their child. This workshop is also available in Spanish

Llegando a los Tres (Spanish): Este taller les enseña a los padres la diferencia entre Intervención Temprana y preescolar para los niños con discapacidades con fondos públicos. La discusión incluye la elegibilidad para la educación especial, los pasos de tomar una decisión con el equipo, y el role de los padres en la transición al preescolar.

Understanding My Child’s Learning Style: The different ways people take in and generate information can greatly affect how and whether they succeed in school and in life. This workshop will delve into different learning styles and show how they can be understood and harnessed to achieve success in many different environments, including the classroom.

504 Plans:This workshop will explain new 504 Plan eligibility criteria under Federal Civil Rights law and explore the protections provided for students with disabilities. Key differences between an IEP and a 504 Plan will be discussed, as well as standard and non-standard accommodations that can be used in the classroom and for assessment. This workshop topic has no grant funding. It can be scheduled as a “for fee” workshop only.

To Schedule a Workshop for Your Organization:
To schedule a workshop, please contact Workshop Coordinator Oanh Bui, 617-236-7210, ext. 328. Scheduling considerations include regional diversity, underserved populations, and topic variety. A fee of $300 may apply to each workshop. Special Education Parent Advisory Councils (SEPACs) who are current MassPAC members should refer to the MassPAC membership page for information about workshop benefits.

To Register for a Workshop:
You may register for workshops by either calling the Federation at 617-236-7210 or in Massachusetts toll-free at 800-331-0688.


if you would like to register electronically, send an email including your name, address and telephone number along with the information about the specific workshop for which you are registering. We will verify your registration and provide you with contact information at that time. Send your email to: info@fcsn.org

Federation workshops are free and open to the public.
Please register for specific workshops so that Federation staff can notify you in case of any date, time, or location change in your workshop selection.

Workshop Schedule

May 2014
5/1 Lexington, Effective Communication, Lexington High School, Room 147, 251 Waltham Street, 6:30-8:30pm
5/5 Stoughton, Basic Rights, O'Donnell Middle School, 211 Cushing Street, 6-7:30pm
5/6 Weston, An IEP for My Child, Location: TBD from 9am-11am
5/7 Belmont, Basic Rights, Daniel Butler Elementary School, 90 White Street, 7-9pm
5/7 Swampscott, An IEP for My Child, Swampscott High School, 200 Essex Street, 7-9pm
5/12 Melrose, Basic Rights, Melrose Public School, 360 Lynn Fells Pkwy, 7-9pm
5/13 Dartmouth, Turning Three Essentials, Schwartz Center for Children, One Rosa Place, 6-8pm
5/14 Framingham, Turning Three Essentials, Criterion Middlesex EI, 651 Franklin St, 6-8pm
5/14 Watertown, Basic Rights, Cunniff School, 246 Warren St, 5pm-7pm
5/16 Franklin, Creating a Vision, Dean College of Franklin, 99 Main St, 1:00-2:30pm
5/21 Martha's Vineyard, Basic Rights, Location TBD in the evening
5/29 Holyoke, Basic Rights in Spanish, MCS-Holyoke, 260 Westfield Road, 10am-12pm

June 2014
6/10 Pittsfield, An IEP for My Child, The Association for Community Living, 100 North Street, Suite 322, 10am-12pm

October 2014
10/07 Waltham, Turning Three, Thom Charles River EI Program, 411 Waverly Oaks Road, Bldg #3, 7-9pm

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To arrange a workshop
Call 617-236-7210 or


Please call several months in advance of your preferred date, and plan an alternate date as well.