Online Learning Opportunities

Webinars, Videos and Modules

TRANSITION TO ADULT LIFE: Five Part Webinar Series

Part 2: Transition and the IEP
In this webinar we will discuss transition to adult life for students with disabilities and the use of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) document in transition planning. Information will be shared about the most important pages of the IEP with regard to transition planning and how the sections of the IEP should work together to create a program that supports successful transition for students.

Webinar: Part 2: Transition and the IEP

***Correction: We want to be clear that most colleges, universities, and postsecondary programs do not allow modifications to their programs/classes. In the webinar, the presenter accidentally said "accommodations and modifications" in the Summary of Performance section when discussing postsecondary education. Later she went on to say that under the Americans with Disabilities Act postsecondary programs are only providing accommodations - not modifications. We apologize for any confusion.

Transcript and resources discussed in the webinar
Transition and the IEP Transcript
Download IEP Document
CT Core Transition Skills - English
CT Core Transition Skills - Spanish


Part 1: Transition and the Law
In this webinar we discuss transition to adult life as outlined by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Information is also included regarding current Connecticut law and the responsibilities of school districts, students, and families with regard to transition.

Webinar: Part 1, Transition and the Law

Transcript and resources discussed in the webinar
Transition and the Law Transcript
Transition Bill of Rights - English
Transition Bill of Rights - Spanish

Directions to get to the list of transition programs in Connecticut on the CT State Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education website (EdSight):
Go to https://portal.ct.gov/SDE/Performance/EdSight
Click on the "Interactive Data Portal"
On the menu at the top go to "Overview"
On the drop down menu click "Find School/District"
Then on the left side of the page click "Transition Programs"

COLLABORATION AND RESOLVING DIFFERENCES

Webinar: Student-Led IEPs & Youth Engagement as a Dispute Resolution Option
About the Webinar: This interactive and engaging webinar will explore student-led IEPs and their relationship to self-advocacy and student engagement. The webinar will be co-facilitated by a student from Oregon, a student from Washington DC, and the program director for youth leadership from SchoolTalk, a nonprofit focused on special education dispute resolution in DC. Presenters will share their personal experiences participating in the IEP process, provide a brief overview of the Student-led IEP demonstration project in Washington DC, show a clip from a film series, share resources, and facilitate a dialogue with webinar participants.

In a student-led IEP, the student actively participates in the development of his/her IEP and takes a leadership role in decision-making about his/her future. Student engagement levels are individualized based on the age, needs, and abilities of the student. Participants in the IEP meetings include students, parents/caregivers, special educators, general educators, support staff, and administrators.

Student-led IEPs is an innovative dispute resolution practice that fits into Stage 1 of the CADRE Continuum: Prevention. Students gain greater awareness of the impacts of their disabilities and develop critical self-advocacy and problem-solving skills that will help them to reach their goals, improve their academic and postsecondary outcomes, and become leaders in their own lives and futures. Student-led IEPs also enhance student/parent/school/community relationships and partnerships.

DISABILITY SPECIFIC

My Child Was Diagnosed with ADHD: What Does That Mean?
Presented by Kathy Slade, Parent Consultant at CPAC, March 1, 2011.
Below is a link to supplemental materials to the webinar which you may find helpful.
ADHD Webinar Materials

EVIDENCE AND RESEARCH BASED PRACTICES

AAC Use
Check out this comprehensive list of online learning presentations about Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) from the AAC in the Cloud Conference 2018.

Here are a few video highlights from the Conference
This session will discuss components of the AAC system and how to use the system to support implementation for the AAC users in your life. Information provided in this session is based on research and experience in clinical practice with individuals and teams using AAC as well as system design experience.

Executive functioning (EF) skills are critical to using one's information and skills. This presentation will look at AAC through an executive functioning lens, connecting areas of challenge in EF skills with challenges that many users of AAC face. It will also provide evidence-based strategies to enhance executive functioning skills for users of AAC.

Patricia Gutierrez: Available AAC Resources in Spanish **Session will be in Spanish**
What kind of resources are available to start AAC implementation at home, therapy or school for spanish speaking people? This presentation will review different apps, software and low tech aids so families, therapists and teachers can start working right away!

SCERTS Model

With growing concerns about behavior issues that disrupt the learning environment, educators are seeking new evidence-based strategies to help students with challenges in social communication and emotional regulation. This webinar is an overview of The SCERTS Model, which helps create positive school climates. SCERTS prioritizes developmental areas of Social Communication, Emotional Regulation, and Transactional Support - critical foundations for student success - socially and academically - while preventing problem behavior. Strategies utilizing a team approach will be provided that optimize school success for students, and that integrate knowledge and practice from a variety of disciplines.

Social Communication + Emotional Regulation: An Environment for School Success and Introduction to the SCERTS Model (Archived Webinar)

Additional content:
SCERTS Webinar Powerpoint Handout
Social Communication + Emotional Regulation: An Environment for School Success and Introduction to the SCERTS Model Resource List to accompany webinar

FAMILY AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Serving on Groups
Do you currently serve, or are you interested in serving on a council or committee as part of a decision-making group to improve your community? This is a set of online learning modules for learning about effectively participating in such groups. These modules work on skills of decision making, group participation, leadership, improving family engagement in schools.
Online Learning Module
Module guidebooks in English and Spanish

The Teacher-Parent Relationship:
Strong parent-teacher relationships are invaluable. They contribute to a positive school climate, family engagement in student learning, improved student performance, and the retention of high quality teachers. Providing teachers with the resources they need to effectively connect learning in the classroom to learning at home is a challenge that many districts are struggling to address. This webinar will examine practical examples of how states can embed family engagement into their professional development systems and how teacher education programs can systematically include family engagement in teaching and learning. The webinar will also discuss promising practices in higher education, including partnerships with Parental Information and Resource Centers (PIRCs) to build the capacity of family coordinators.
Using Professional Development to Improve Family and Community Engagement
Slides for Webinar
Questions and Answers for Webinar