PACER offers nearly 100 helpful, free workshops a year. Learn more at PACER.org/workshops.
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Bloomington

Opening Doors to Inclusive Education and Employment: A Screening of "Intelligent Lives"

Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
PACER Center is excited to offer a showing of "Intelligent Lives", produced by photojournalist Dan Habib. The film stars three pioneering young American adults with intellectual disabilities—Micah, Naieer, and Naomie—who challenge assumptions and low expectations as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce.

 

Online

Early Childhood and Assistive Technology : Assistive Technology and Play in the Natural Environment

Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Play is an essential part of a child’s development. However, young children with disabilities often experience barriers to play. In this workshop, assistive technology tools and strategies will be explored to make play more accessible for young children with disabilities in their natural routines and environments. Live captioning provided.
Location: Online

 

PACER Center

Housing: Starting the Journey : How is it paid for? (Step 2)

Date: Monday, February 25, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Gain a “big picture” view of how housing is funded through federal, state, and county resources. 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 Housing: Starting the Journey series (Monday 2/11, Monday 2/25, Tuesday 3/12).

The ABCs of the IEP: Making the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Work for Your Child

Date: Thursday, February 28, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
This workshop will help parents understand how to use the Individualized Education Program (IEP) to benefit their child. Presenters will use the PACER booklet, “Guide for Minnesota Parent to the IEP”, to help participants understand how each required part of the IEP can be developed to meet the child's needs. Parents need to bring a copy of their child's most current IEP.

Tech for Girls Club : Space Explorer

Date: Saturday, March 2, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Join us on a space exploration in this Tech for Girls workshop! Girls will use virtual reality to discover just how big the planets are and to explore the fascinating science behind solar eclipses and constellations. They will also be guided through creating their own moon habitat.

Hot Tips on the Individualized Education Program: Is your child’s IEP individualized and appropriate?

Date: Saturday, March 2, 2019
Time: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Parents will learn to use their child’s special education evaluation report to determine how well the Individualized Education Program (IEP) addresses their child’s needs. Parents must bring the child’s most current school evaluation and IEP.

Anxiety and School Success: Creating a Plan that Works

Date: Monday, March 4, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
The most common emotional difficulty experienced by youth in school is anxiety. When anxiety contributes to challenging behaviors parents and others may struggle to know how to help. Topics addressed will include: understanding behavior as communication, learning about behaviors that may reflect anxiety, discovering alternatives to consequences and punishment, exploring effective interventions for support at school, including the role of Section 504 and special education.
Live:Web Streaming Availible

Off to College: What You Need to Know Before You Go

Date: Thursday, March 7, 2019
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
This interactive workshop for families of youth with disabilities heading off to post-secondary education programs will provide essential information about changing rights, roles, and responsibilities, along with practical tips for student success.
Live:Web Streaming Availible

Being an Active Participant in Your Child’s Transition from Early Childhood Special Education to Kindergarten

Date: Saturday, March 9, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Kindergarten is a big step in any child’s life. Parents of young children with disabilities will learn how to plan for the transition and learn strategies to help their child be successful.
Live:Web Streaming Availible

Housing: Starting the Journey : What are the options? (Step 3)

Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
A more detailed explanation of individualized housing and service options will be provided by a panel of parents, young adults, and housing providers as they share their journeys through the process. Registration recommended for all three workshops in this Housing: Starting the Journey series (Monday 2/11, Monday 2/25, Tuesday 3/12).

Improving Learning Outcomes for Your Young Child

Date: Thursday, March 14, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Families of young children with disabilities ages birth to five will learn about evidence-based practices and how they can be used to increase family engagement and improve learning outcomes.
Live:Web Streaming Availible

Tech for Girls Club : Mad Scientist: All About Chemistry

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Girls will become mad scientists in this Tech for Girls workshop! Join us to learn about chemical reactions, molecules, and atoms through hands-on experiments. Girls will also get to create slime!

How Parents Can Effectively Communicate with the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team

Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
This interactive workshop helps parents learn to advocate for their child in the special education process. Parents receive tips and tools to help them become more effective communicators as a member of their child’s IEP team.

Making the Transition Beyond High School: Technology to Support Success for College and Career

Date: Thursday, March 21, 2019
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
This workshop will feature assistive technology to support youth with disabilities at college and in their career. Demonstrations will include tools and apps for executive function, computer access, reading, writing, and notetaking.
Live:Web Streaming Availible

Working with Culturally or Linguistically Diverse Families in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education (EI/ECSE)

Date: Friday, March 22, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Cultural liaisons and foreign language interpreters will build their capacity in order to enhance communication and families’ understanding at Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) and Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings for children ages birth to five.
Live:Web Streaming Availible

 

Rochester

School Avoidance & Challenging Behaviors: Special Education & Section 504

Date: Monday, March 11, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
When children or teens experience difficulties attending school or participating in school tasks, parents may struggle to know how to help. This workshop will provide parents and others with information and resources on the role of Special Education and Section 504 when addressing a child’s challenging behaviors.

 

St. Paul

Special Events : PACER Day at the Minnesota State Capitol

Date: Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Time: 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Parents of children with disabilities have important stories to share that can impact systems change and improve outcomes for students. Participants will attend a dynamic workshop led by advocacy leaders and legislators to hear about potential legislation affecting special education, education funding, school discipline, and assistive technology. Private funds used for this workshop.

 

Willmar

School Avoidance and Challenging Behaviors: Special Education and Section 504

Date: Monday, February 25, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
When children or teens experience difficulties attending school or participating in school tasks, parents may struggle to know how to help. This workshop will provide parents and others with information and resources on the role of Special Education and Section 504 when addressing a child’s challenging behaviors.

 

Worthington

Paths to Employment: Exploring the Options

Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Parents will learn about career planning options for in-school and out-of-school youth with disabilities, and where they can find help to launch their youth on the path to employment.
Location: Worthington


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Workshops with this notice means that this workshop offers an off-site attendance option: a video-streaming service will broadcast the workshop live over the Internet so people who can’t attend the workshop in person can view the presentation live on their computer or tablet.

You will need to register for a free Livestream account in order to view this event.  Please sign up prior to the day of the event. If you need help please contact the STC.  Certificates of attendance will be sent to participants who view the event on the date and complete a workshop evaluation.

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