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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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September 2016

  • Bullying Prevention: What Parents Need to Know

    Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2016
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    Bullying can be an isolating experience, not just for the kids involved, but for their parents, too. Fortunately, there is help. This workshop will offer a comprehensive overview for parents to learn what they can do to address and prevent bullying. Topics include definition and roles, laws and policy, ways to help your child, working with the school, students with disabilities and online safety.
  • Responding to Challenging Behaviors at School, at Home and in the Community

    Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2016
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    Children with challenging behaviors are often misunderstood. This workshop will help parents identify and respond to behaviors that may indicate mental health concerns; navigate services; and learn effective parent advocacy skills.

  • Live Stream Event available

    eBooks and Reading Tools for Teens

    Date: Thursday, September 29, 2016
    Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm
    Discover a variety of reading tools and digital reading material that can be helpful for reading comprehension. For example, hearing text spoken aloud can provide beneficial reading support. Learn about eBooks and other digital reading material, where to find them, and what tools to use. The options presented are most appropriate for transition age youth who understand language and vocabulary at their grade level.
  • What Do I Need to Know About IFSPs and IEPs?

    Date: Thursday, September 29, 2016
    Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
    This workshop will help parents of young children, ages birth to five, understand the essential components of the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) and the Individualized Education Program (IEP). Participants will learn about: The difference in the criteria for early intervention and preschool special education services, timelines for the evaluation process, services in the least restrictive environment, families’ rights within the special education process, and resolving differences.

  • Live Stream Event available

    Evening Session: Appy Hour Event - A Focus on Math

    Date: Friday, September 30, 2016
    Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm
    Join us for ‘Appy Hour’ where we’ll explore a variety of apps in a specific category. In this fast paced informal event staff from the Simon Technology Center will explore the latest math app offerings. See apps that go beyond flash cards and drills- apps that help cultivate number sense and problem solving. Also see apps that teach advanced algebra and geometry concepts without the distraction of numbers. We will also cover virtual manipulatives and apps for visual learners. These apps will cover skills taught in grades 3-12. 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 Event - A Focus on Math

    Date: Friday, September 30, 2016
    Time: 10:00am-11:00am
    Join us for ‘Appy Hour’ where we’ll explore a variety of apps in a specific category. In this fast-paced, informal event, staff from the Simon Technology Center will explore the latest math app offerings. See apps that go beyond flash cards and drills: apps that help cultivate number sense and problem solving. Also see apps that teach advanced algebra and geometry concepts without the distraction of numbers. Additionally, we'll cover virtual manipulatives and apps for visual learners. These apps will cover skills taught in grades 3-12. Do you have an app that you would like to share? Send the link to stc@pacer.org along with what you like about it, and we’ll demonstrate it during the event.

October 2016

November 2016

  • The ABCs of the IEP – Making the Individualized Education Program Work for Your Child

    Date: Tuesday, November 01, 2016
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    This workshop will help parents understand how to use the IEP to benefit their child. Parents will learn how each required part of the IEP can be developed to meet the child’s needs.
  • Planning for Educational Inclusion: A Viewing of “Including Samuel”

    Date: Wednesday, November 02, 2016
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    Please join us for a screening of “Including Samuel”; a documentary by filmmaker Dan Habib about educational inclusion. He documented his family’s efforts to include their son Samuel in all facets of their lives. Q & A with a PACER advocate will occur before and after the film.

  • Live Stream Event available

    Evening Session: ‘Appy Hour’: Apps for Scanning & PDF Notes

    Date: Friday, November 04, 2016
    Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm
    In this sharing event, staff from the Simon Technology Center will explore the latest apps for scanning and writing. See apps that allow you to scan documents, and keep notes. Learn how some apps can perform optical character recognition and audibly read back images of text. 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 for Scanning & PDF Notes

    Date: Friday, November 04, 2016
    Time: 10:00am-11:00am
    In this sharing event, staff from the Simon Technology Center will explore the latest apps for scanning and writing. See apps that allow you to scan documents, and keep notes. Learn how some apps can perform optical character recognition and audibly read back images of text. 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.
  • Technology for Girls: STEM Club, Electrify

    Date: Saturday, November 05, 2016
    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

    Assistive Technology for Social-Emotional Development of Young Children

    Date: Monday, November 07, 2016
    Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm
    This is a workshop designed for parents and professionals to learn about the wide range of assistive technology available to help support the social-emotional development of young children up to age 8. Participants will learn about specific technology, apps, and resources available.
  • The ABCs of the IEP – Making the Individualized Education Program Work for Your Child

    Date: Thursday, November 10, 2016
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    This workshop will help parents understand how to use the IEP to benefit their child. Parents will learn how each required part of the IEP can be developed to meet the child’s needs.
  • The Bridge to Work: Supplemental Security Income and Employment Planning

    Date: Thursday, November 10, 2016
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    This workshop will provide information on how parents of youth with disabilities can apply for Supplemental Security Income and Vocational Rehabilitation Service benefits for young adults at age 18. Parents will learn how Social Security, the Ticket to Work program, and Vocational Rehabilitation can help their youth meet his or her goals for postsecondary education, training, employment, and independent living.
    Location: Duluth

  • Live Stream Event available

    Making the Move from Early Childhood Special Education to Kindergarten

    Date: Saturday, November 12, 2016
    Time: 9:00am-11:00am
    Kindergarten is a big step in any child’s life. For a child with disabilities, being ready for that step often requires some intentional preparation. This workshop will help parents plan for the transition and learn strategies to help their child be successful and make their first school experience a good one.
  • 10 Topics to Help Your Child Succeed in Special Education

    Date: Monday, November 14, 2016
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    Parents who participate in this interactive workshop will learn about 10 important areas in special education, and acquire skills and knowledge they can use to help their child with disabilities be more successful. Parents will also be provided with several useful tools.
    Location: Worthington
  • Families Are Important: Understanding the Early Intervention Process in Minnesota

    Date: Monday, November 14, 2016
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    This workshop features an overview of families’ rights, roles, and responsibilities within the early intervention system. It also addresses services in the natural environment, the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP), and child and family outcomes.
  • Finding Success in Employment and Postsecondary Education

    Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2016
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    Many youth with disabilities have goals for competitive employment and continuing education beyond high school. This free workshop for parents and youth will provide information on how education after high school increases the likelihood of employment, and offer strategies to help youth prepare for success in work and postsecondary education
    Location: Crookston

  • Live Stream Event available

    Online Reading and Writing Tools for Teens

    Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2016
    Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm
    Teens will learn how assistive technology tools for the Google Chrome web browser can help them read and write in a more personalized and effective way. These free and low cost tools can help teens read webpages, organize their ideas for a paper, write using their voice and more! This workshop is designed for teens, and their parents and educators.
  • Special Education and the Important Role You Play for Your Child

    Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2016
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    Parents play an important role in the special education process. Participants in this workshop will learn how parents can use their rights and abilities to advocate for their child and work effectively with the school. This workshop will also provide valuable information for surrogate parents, foster parents, and the professionals who work with them on behalf of children.
    Location: Marshall

  • Live Stream Event available

    New Technologies, New Opportunities: The Changing World of Assistive Technology

    Date: Thursday, November 17, 2016
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    Today’s assistive technologies (AT) includes a diverse range of products, people and potentials never before seen in the field. This presentation will discuss a variety of timely technology trends that are shaking up the assistive technology field and creating newfound possibilities for individuals with any disability.
  • Hot Tips on the Individualized Education Program: Is Your Child’s IEP Individualized and Appropriate?

    Date: Tuesday, November 29, 2016
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    Participants in this hands-on workshop will learn how to use the valuable information in their child’s special education evaluation report to determine how well the Individualized Education Program (IEP) addresses the child’s unique needs. Parents should bring a copy of their child’s most recent school special education evaluation report and current IEP to the workshop.

December 2016

  • Technology for Girls: STEM Club, Marble Roller Coaster

    Date: Saturday, December 03, 2016
    Time: 9:00am-10:30am
    One aspect of engineering is being able to work with gravity, motion, and weight. In this session presented by the Green Girls Robotics team, middle school girls with disabilities will learn Newton’s laws and the scientific method by making marble roller coasters using a variety of materials. As the day progresses, girls will test the varying speeds of the roller coasters. Buckle up because this session is going to be a wild ride!

  • Live Stream Event available

    Introduction to Assistive Technology for Young Learners

    Date: Monday, December 05, 2016
    Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm
    This workshop will help families, caregivers, and professionals understand the breadth and scope of assistive technology (AT) available for young children (birth to five). Participants will learn what assistive technology is, the continuum of AT from the very simple to complex, and the research. On site participants will have an opportunity to explore items demonstrated following the live event.

  • Live Stream Event available

    10 Topics to Help Your Child Succeed in Special Education

    Date: Monday, December 12, 2016
    Time: 6:30om-8:30pm
    Parents who participate in this interactive workshop will learn about 10 important areas in special education, and acquire skills and knowledge they can use to help their child with disabilities be more successful. Parents will also be provided with several useful tools.
  • Finding Success in Employment and Postsecondary Education

    Date: Tuesday, December 13, 2016
    Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
    Many youth with disabilities have goals for competitive employment and continuing education beyond high school. This free workshop for parents and youth will provide information on how education after high school increases the likelihood of employment, and offer strategies to help youth prepare for success in work and postsecondary education.
    Location: Lakeville

January 2017


  • 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: Monday, January 16, 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.
 

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