Each month RTSC secures recognized leaders in their respective fields to present on various special education and related topics geared toward supporting the at-risk population of students throughout the state and beyond. Register to attend one or more of the webinars below for an opportunity to engage with our presenters during the Q&A session which follows the presentation.
Not available to participate during the live broadcast? All of our webinars are recorded and archived on our website. Visit the Webinar Recordings page to access our archived webinars which are produced with closed caption, presenter bios, and resource links.
Know the Range of Classroom and School Placements Available by Law
Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM EDT
Public schools are legally obligated to provide a range of classroom and school placements for children with special needs. There are children do well in general education or inclusion classrooms, and others require more intensive supports such as private special education day or residential schools. Parents whose children are struggling may not know what options are available. This webinar describes the continuum of possible placements so that parents can better advocate for their children.
Linda Helmig Bram, PhD, is a psychologist who specializes in supporting children, adolescents, and adults with disabilities and their families. She is a Part-time Lecturer at Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School, and a consultant at the Federation for Children with Special Needs. Dr. Bram worked with Federation staff to create a website called Special Education Placement Options at fcsn.org/sepo which she is going to talk about today. She is also a parent of children with special needs.
Language Based Instruction: What it is and who needs it
Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM EDT
Cathy Mason is a senior educational diagnostician at Tufts Medical Center and has a private practice called No Barriers to Learning. She has a master’s degree from Tufts University’s department of child study.
Phoebe Adams holds a master’s degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education and a master’s of social work from Salem State University where she graduated with honors, specializing in children and families. She has been practicing as an educational diagnostician and consultant since 1989, first at the Center for Children with Special Needs at Tufts Medical Center, and, for the past 15 years, in private practice. While at Tufts, she also directed and planned medical resident training in neurodevelopmental disabilities.
The Unaccompanied Refugee Minors Program (URM)
Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM EDT
Ailish Donovan is currently the Senior Program Manager for Ascentria Care Alliance’s (formerly Lutheran Social Services) Unaccompanied Refugee Minor Program and Division of Children’s Services Program. Ailish has worked at Ascentria Care Alliance for over 6 years. She holds an MSW from Boston University School of Social Work, is an LICSW in Massachusetts and is an adjunct faculty for the BSW program at Anna Maria College. Ailish has worked with refugee populations for more than ten years specializing in child welfare work with unaccompanied refugee children for eight years. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn about who is eligible for the URM program, general characteristics and history of the youth served, and the benefits available to the youth through the program