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Tuesday, October 20 - Bullying Prevention:  Everyone's Responsibility -What Parents Can Do!

This informational workshop is designed to review Indiana’s definition of bullying for all students and school requirements for investigating and reporting bullying incidents. Types and dynamics of bullying will be discussed as well as how parents can report suspected bullying incidents and specific steps to help their children address this issue. Special consideration will be given to the bullying of students with disabilities with resources for showing how it may be addressed in a student’s IEP or Section 504 plan.


Tuesday, November 3 - IN*SOURCE Services for Non-English Speaking Families

 IN*Source is moving from a bi-lingual approach to a multi-lingual approach. Our diverse staff serve the entire state of Indiana. IN*Source currently employs staff who speak Spanish and English. Learn how IN*Source is working to provide materials in additional languages, based on the unique population needs of Indiana. Jane Fuentes will discuss the IN*Source training, Interpreters in the Special Education Field:  Building Cultural Bridges.


Tuesday, November 17 - Communicating with Schools:  Collaborative Strategies for Positive Outcomes

A major intent of federal and state law in special education is to encourage positive working relationships between parents and schools. The use of effective communication techniques can enhance collaborative relationships and minimize conflict. This presentation will address building positive relationships between parents and schools, verbal and nonverbal communication, types of communicators and strategies for building communication skills.


Tuesday, December 1 - Resolving Disagreements between Parents and Schools:  Dispute Resolution in Special Education

Sometimes parents and schools can't agree on eligibility, appropriate services, accommodations, or other issues regarding a child's Individualized Education Program (IEP). One of the procedural safeguards for parents is a process for working through those disagreements. This presentation will review formal and informal options that may help parents and schools resolve those disagreements.