Education Workshops

Advocating for Your Child

Parents will explore skills they can use to become more effective advocates for their child.  Topics in this interactive workshop will include: What is advocacy? How do I communicate more effectively? Why is validation and effective communication so important to successful advocacy?

Let’s Get Organized!

The focus of this workshop/roundtable conversation is assisting families in organizing their child’s records and important paperwork, like IEP’s, evaluations, medical information, etc. It is a great way to start out the school year being prepared. When we have held this workshop in other areas of the state, it has served as a nice opportunity for families to connect with each other, bring their records and put them all in a tabbed binder (which we provide) and ask questions around IEP’s, 504′s, communication techniques, and available resources.

Moving On Up

Discuss steps for planning the transition from Essential Early Education (EEE) to kindergarten.

Navigating Special Education and the IEP

Parents are equal partners in the development of their child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP). Learn about special education evaluations, what it takes to qualify for an IEP, how to develop a strong IEP, parents rights, and tips for successful school meetings.

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBiS)

Vermont Family Network (VFN) is working in partnership with the Vermont Department of Education, through the BEST team and the State Improvement Grant, to reach out and connect with families around the VTPBiS initiatives happening in their schools. VFN is available, and would love an opportunity to present a VTPBiS workshop for parents at your school. VFN’s presentations are free-of-charge, information-packed, and family-friendly!

Stepping Stones

Discuss steps for planning the transition from Children’s Integrated Services (CIS) (formerly FITP) to Essential Early Education (EEE). This workshop is for parents or professionals.

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