RTSC // RTSC Webinars

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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.

Upcoming Webinars


The Unaccompanied Refugee Minors Program (URM)
Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM EDT

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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 adonovan@ascentria.org.

Ascentria Care Alliance, formerly Lutheran Social Services of New England, is one of the largest human services agencies in New England. With programs in Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Massachusetts, Ascentria works to strengthen communities by empowering people to respond to life’s challenges. In Massachusetts, Ascentria’s Services for Children and Families operates two foster care programs, the Intensive Foster Care Program and the Unaccompanied Refugee Minors Program. Through partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, these programs train, license, and support foster families to provide loving homes for children and youth in foster care. Foster families of all backgrounds are urgently needed.

To learn more visit https://www.ascentria.org/our-services/foster-care.

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

To Register: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_S_gJHPcXQ9SGBRGYTxDo3A

Engaging Families in Supporting Their Children’s Education
Tuesday, December 17Photo of Leslie Leslie, 2019, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM EDT


This workshop intends to dislplay what the research says about family engagement; the benefits of family engagement; show the indicators of strong home-school partnerships
Learn about Family-School Partnership Fundamentals; describe how to assess your school using the Fundamentals Rubric Understand the Dual Capacity Framework Understand factors motivating family engagement.

To Register:https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__72UuNfHTu28GOWT6iJoug