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PACER Center offers free workshops throughout Minnesota to parents of children with disabilities and the professionals working with families.

Workshop topics include areas of interest in special education, including information on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) program, early childhood, the area of transition for students 14-21 (housing, post secondary, employment, and community), assistive technology, and many more!

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December 2016

January 2017

  • PODD: Pragmatic Organization of Dynamic Displays – Two day introductory training

    Date: Thursday, January 05, 2017
    Time: 8:00am-4:30pm
    PODD Training is a two-day course (1/5 and 1/6) that will demonstrate the use of a Pragmatic Organization of Dynamic Display (PODD) approach developed by Gayle Porter. Participants will have an opportunity for hands-on practice with the 2 most used PODD communication books. There will be demonstration models of over 15 types of PODD books for participants to view throughout the training. Presenter: Kelly S. Fonner, MS, Educational & Assistive Technology Consultation & Training. The registration fee is $200. The event is limited to 40 participants. Certificate of Attendance offered.

  • Live Stream Event available

    Evening Session: ‘Appy Hour’: Apps That Focus on Spelling Support and Phonetics

    Date: Thursday, January 12, 2017
    Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm
    In this fast paced informal sharing event staff from the Simon Technology Center will explore the latest app offerings that support spelling and phonetics. See apps that support students with disabilities and English Language Learners (ELL). These apps focus on phonetics and spelling and offer interactive practice of how letters form sounds. Do you have an app that you would like to share? Send the link to stc@pacer.org along with the reason that you like it and we’ll demonstrate it during the event.

  • Live Stream Event available

    Morning Session: ‘Appy Hour’: Apps That Focus on Spelling Support and Phonetics

    Date: Thursday, January 12, 2017
    Time: 10:00am-11:00am
    In this fast paced informal sharing event staff from the Simon Technology Center will explore the latest app offerings that support spelling and phonetics. See apps that support students with disabilities and English Language Learners (ELL). These apps focus on phonetics and spelling and offer interactive practice of how letters form sounds. Do you have an app that you would like to share? Send the link to stc@pacer.org along with the reason that you like it and we’ll demonstrate it during the event.

  • Live Stream Event available

    Including Assistive Technology in the IFSP and IEP

    Date: Wednesday, January 18, 2017
    Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm
    Assistive technology is an important part of a student’s education plan, but how to document it in the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) or Individualized Education Program (IEP) isn’t always clear. This workshop will provide families of children birth to five, teachers, and educators a way to be intentional about the process of considering assistive technology and ensure it is included in the IFSP/IEP documents.
  • Special Education and Challenging Behaviors

    Date: Thursday, January 19, 2017
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    This workshop will discuss the development of an Individualized Education Program (IEP) for children who struggle in school due to their behavior. Parents and others will learn strategies to communicate effectively with the IEP team about their child’s behavior needs, address the school discipline policy, and resolve disagreements.
  • Technology for Girls: STEM Club, Electrify

    Date: Saturday, January 21, 2017
    Time: 9:00am-10:30am
    To have your inventions working, you need something very important: electricity. This STEM Club session hosted by the Green Girls from the Eagan robotics team will focus on all things electrical. Middle school girls with disabilities will gain a general understanding of electricity. Participants will apply what they learn and create wacky, LED circuit creatures and potato clocks!

  • Live Stream Event available

    Going to School: Telepresence and Robotics

    Date: Monday, January 30, 2017
    Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm
    Students with disabilities or health concerns that keep them out of school now have a way to fully participate in their classrooms. They can be virtually present using telepresence and robotic technology . In this workshop, we will explore telepresence and robotic technologies that can be used in the classroom, discuss challenges and share success stories.

February 2017


  • Live Stream Event available

    Universal Design for Learning (UDL) for Math

    Date: Thursday, February 02, 2017
    Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm
    Universal Design for Learning, or UDL, is a framework for understanding how to provide educational materials that meets the varied needs of learners. This workshop will explore various methods and tools that can provide experiences that are accessible and allow students to demonstrate their learning of math concepts.
  • Housing: Starting the Journey, a three-part workshop series. Step 1 - How Do We Start?

    Date: Monday, February 13, 2017
    Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm
    What is important to your son/daughter? Important for your son/daughter? How can they best be supported? This interactive workshop will focus on person-centered planning concepts and tools to help your son or daughter get started with their vision for community living, housing, and services. An overview of the housing and services options will be provided. Registration recommended for all three workshops in this series (2/13, 2/27, 3/13).
  • Housing: Starting the Journey, a three-part workshop series. Step 2 — How is it paid for?

    Date: Monday, February 27, 2017
    Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm
    Parents will gain a “big picture” view of how housing is funded through federal, state, and county resources. You learn how your son or daughter can become eligible for and access funding. Topics include income supplements and budgets. Registration recommended for all three workshops in this series (2/13, 2/27, 3/13).

March 2017

April 2017

 

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