Upcoming Webinars

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Vermont Family Network’s one-hour webinars are presented by subject-matter experts as a convenient way for you to learn more about topics that are important to you and your family. Previously-recorded webinars are saved on our YouTube channel and listed here.

Upcoming Live Webinars:

For Educational Surrogate Parents: Moving on Up – Transitioning to Kindergarten. Monday, February 2, 10am – 11am. Register now. It is important for children to feel at ease and happy in kindergarten. If you are the Educational Surrogate Parent for a young child, please join this webinar to learn about: transition planning, school and family activities to prepare for kindergarten, school obligations for children who need extra help and support, and Special Education/Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) for children in kindergarten. Presenters from Vermont Family Network: Christine Kilpatrick, Family Support Consultant and Janice Sabett, Family Support Consultant

Understanding Learning Disabilities Today! Wednesday, February 11, 10-11am. Register now. This webinar will address the following questions: What is the current state of Learning Disabilities? What are common types and characteristics of learning disabilities? How does the school environment impact a student with a learning disability and what helps a student learn? How can parents help support their child with learning struggles at home? What does life after high school look like for a student with a learning disability? Helpful resources for families will be included in this presentation. Presenter: Laura Baker, Learning Disabilities Consultant, VT Agency of Education

What Do I Do Now? Strategies to De-Escalate Challenging Behaviors that can Lead to Crisis. Wednesday, February 18, 10-11am. Register now. This webinar will provide useful adult responses that can help prevent and manage acting-out behaviors to avoid crises. Included will be strategies for managing your own feelings and behavior when caring for children with behavioral challenges. Presenter: Sherry Schoenberg, MA, is the Vermont BEST/PBIS Project Coordinator, located at UVM’s CDCI, and has been a member of the BEST Team for 19 years

The Relationship Between IEP, Personalized Learning Plan, and Proficiency-Based Grad Requirements: What Parents Need to Know. Wednesday, April 29, 10am-11am. Register now. Does your child have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) in school? The recent enactment of Personalized Learning Plan (PLP) requirements through Act 77 will help students achieve academic success, be prepared for post-secondary opportunities, and engage actively in civic life. Schools will need to ensure that they have designed a PLP process for implementation beginning in the fall of 2015. Proficiency-Based Graduation Requirements (PBGRs) are the locally-delineated set of content knowledge and skills connected to state standards that, when supplemented with any additional locally-developed requirements, have been determined to qualify a student for earning a high school diploma. Vermont’s Education Quality Standards (EQS) require that schools’ graduation requirements be rooted in demonstrations of student proficiency, as opposed to time spent in classrooms. This requirement will take effect in Vermont beginning with the graduating class of 2020. Join this webinar to learn about these new programs, the differences between them, and what it means for your child with a disability. Presenter: John Spinney, Post-Secondary Transition Coordinator, Integrated Support for Learning, VT Agency of Education

Previously-Recorded Webinars:

Select a webinar from our YouTube channel where we save all previously-recorded webinars. If you do not have the technology to view webinars, you may request a free DVD copy by calling us at 1-800-800-4005 or emailing Kathleen Burdo.