Training Series

Education Matters! A Webinar Series for Family and Youth Peer Advocates

As Youth and Family Peer Advocates you often assist parents and young people to obtain the supports, accommodations and services they need to be successful in school. We've assembled a statewide panel of experts who both understand peer services and the education system to provide you with an orientation to this process. Although you can view each of these webinars separately, we recommend that you view the entire series for a thorough orientation. 

RTI, 504 and IEP: What’s It All About? (Education Matters! Webinar Series for FPAs & YPAs)

June 15, 2021
When a child qualifies for special education services, federal law requires the development of a document called an Individualized Education Program (IEP). Some students may not qualify for an IEP, but may receive accommodations and modifications from a 504 Plan or may receive support through Respon...

IDEA: An Overview (Education Matters! A Webinar Series for Family and Youth Peer Advocates)

June 25, 2021
Children who have disabilities are entitled to appropriate, individualized, educational services that meet their unique learning needs. This workshop will explain the history and provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FER...

Special Education Evaluations and Assessments: What do All Those Numbers Mean? (Education Matters: A Webinar Series for Family Peer Advocates and Youth Peer Advocates)

June 28, 2021
Evaluations and assessments are the cornerstone to understanding eligibility for special education services and supports for preschool and school-aged students with disabilities.  This workshop will teach you the basics of what types of evaluations and assessments schools commonly use, how to read...

Supporting Students with Mental Health Needs (Education Matters! A Webinar Series for Family and Youth Peer Advocates)

February 02, 2022
This workshop will help you recognize red flags for potential mental health concerns, identify and reframe challenging behaviors in youth, and work with parents and youth to understand the connection between mental health and behaviors and how it all impacts a student's education.  Now more than ev...

Bullying and Emotional Vulnerability (Education Matters! A Webinar Series for Family and Youth Peer Advocates)

February 09, 2022
Bullying has been a problem in schools for years.  More and more, we are seeing the impact that bullying can have on all children, but especially children with disabilities.  This webinar reviews New York State regulations related to bullying, what rights families have in the process, how schools...

Functional Behavioral Assessments and Behavioral Intervention Plans (Education Matters! A Webinar Series for Family and Youth Peer Advocates)

March 02, 2022
Sometimes a child’s behaviors interfere with learning. Students and teachers need strategies to minimize those behaviors to maximize learning opportunities. This workshop explores the nature of a child’s behavior and when a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) should be requested.  An FBA helps...
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