Parent Leadership Hub Weekly E-Newsletter for April 12, 2012
This week's update is provided by WSPEI and WI FACETS to share statewide information regarding parent leadership and family involvement. Please visit the Parent Leadership Hub web page of the SPDG website at http://www.wispdg.org/pl.html for the current and archived weekly updates and to find information on these topics:
- WSPEI website: http://dpi.wi.gov/sped/parent.html
- WIFACETS website: http://www.wifacets.org
- Resources- Product Order Form, and Educational Materials for Parents
- Calendar of Events
- Multi-Media Resources- Workshops Online, Video Series, and Webcasts
The Parent Leadership Hub supports parents/family members, educators and other community partners to build capacity regarding meaningful family involvement. The Hub serves three primary purposes:
- To support parents of children with disabilities between birth and 26 years of age to participate as partners in the professional development activities of each of the other Statewide Initiatives as they design, deliver and support professional development experiences; and
- To facilitate opportunities for parents/family members to build leadership skills; and
- To provide Content Focused technical assistance concerning family involvement.
Please, direct any questions to the PL Hub Co-Facilitators:
Mary Skadahl, WSPEI Statewide Project Director at 715-829-8932 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Emilie Braunel, WI FACETS SPDG Coordinator at 715-561-2559 or email@example.com
Deadline for submitting contributions to each week's issue is Tuesday noon. For time sensitive training advertisements, the information should be sent a minimum of two weeks prior to the event date; ideally a month ahead of time. Material appropriate for the weekly newsletter include web links to sources of family involvement/parent leadership resources and advertisements for statewide trainings for parents, youth or parent/educator audiences (we don't post research articles, reports or news opinion articles). Your submittal may not be in the final copy if it was in a previous weekly email, the event date has passed or the web link doesn't work. Please, send submittals to firstname.lastname@example.org .
NOTE: Note: If you would like to receive our weekly Parent Leadership Hub e-Newsletter, please contact one of the PL Hub Co-Facilitators:
Emilie Braunel, WI FACETS SPDG Coordinator at email@example.com
Mary Skadahl, WSPEI Statewide Project Director at firstname.lastname@example.org
Parent/Personnel Development Opportunities
ALAS Support Group
DATE: Saturday, April 21
TIME: 11am – 1:30pm
TOPIC: Down Syndrome Support Group and ALAS Support Group
WHERE: ALAS Office at 1615 S. 22nd Street, Milwaukee
INFO: Call ALAS Office at 414-643-0022 to register.
CIRCLES OF LIFE 2012 – REMINDER
WHEN: April 26 – 27, 2012
WHERE: Marriott Madison West, 1313 John Q Hammons Drive, Middleton, 888-745-2032 or 608-831-2000 or www.marriott.com/madison
WHAT: Gathering of Youth (GOY) – a hands-on conference planned by and for youth with disabilities. It is geared towards youth ages 13 – 21 who have disabilities and are thinking about their life after high school. It's about transition as well as setting, obtaining, and reaching goals. Youth will learn what self-determination means to them and doing so in a fun environment.
WHO: Youth with disabilities who are currently 13-21 years of age.
REGISTRATION: Call Gail Kolvenback at 414-744-3053 for a confirmation number which you will need to put on the main Conference Registration Form. Complete a Circles of Life Registration Form found on-line at www.colwisconsin.org.
Mom's Night Out: La Crosse Area, Hudson Area and Marshfield Area
WHEN: April 30th at 6:00pm in Onalaska at the Texas Roadhouse; May 14th at 6:00pm in Hudson at the Pier 500 at 500 1st Street and May 21st at 6:00pm at Down to Earth Cafe at 6025 Arndt Road in Eau Claire and May 17th at 5:00pm at The Blue Heron Pub in Marshfield.
WHAT: This is a "Mom's Night Out" to come and enjoy the company of other adoptive and pre adoptive mom's.
REGISTER: For more information or to RSVP contact Magen at 608-782-0710 ext. 223 or email@example.com (for La Crosse Area) or Christy at 715-832-6644 ext. 18 or firstname.lastname@example.org (for Hudson/Eau Claire Area) or Anne at 715-340-4601 or email@example.com (Marshfield Area).
Children Come First Conference and Youth Mental Health Summit
WHEN: May 3-4, 2012
WHERE: American Serb Hall, 5101 W. Oklahoma Ave, Milwaukee
WHAT: Adults and Youths ages 14-24 join together to design action plans to improve youth mental health in Wisconsin.
REGISTRATION: For more information or to register go to: www.wifamilyties.org or call 608-267-6888 or 800-422-7145 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Racine County Special Needs Resource Fair
WHEN: May 4, 2012 from 4-7:00pm
WHERE: Waterford High School at 100 Field Drive4, Waterford, WI (enter door #1)
WHAT: The purpose of the fair is to connect with a wide range of agencies servicing children and young adults from birth to 21 and beyond. Plus connet with families who are experiencing the same concerns or issues.
REGISTRATION: Call Kathy Merlo at 414-763-0214 or email at email@example.com.
Dare To Dream: Creating the Vision
WHEN: May 15 from 5-8:00pm
WHERE: Kenosha County Center at 19600 75th Street in Bristol, WI
WHAT: An evening of learning and conversation about transitioning to adult life in your community. Parents, students (6th grade through age 21) and educators are encouraged to attend.
RESISTRATION: There is no charge but everyone must register. Please contact Sharon Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 262-473-1452 and let her know how many are attending. Dinner will be served.
Family Involvement Resources
APRIL is Autism Awareness Month
Here is a listing of some websites that deal with autism.
http://www.autismclassroom.com– offers information, materials and strategies
http://www.autismspeaks.com– stories and strategies for autism
http://www.elearning.autism.net/visuals.html - offers free printable visuals
http://www.autism4teachers.com– offers links, materials and information
http://www.autism-society.org– all things autism
http://www.oswegocountyautism.org– offers information for those touched by autism
HOT TOPIC: Seclusion and Restraint in Schools
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction provides guidance for school districts regarding seclusion and restraint. Both are very hot topics in school-based programs and should only be used as a last resort by staff trained in a program such as CPI's - Nonviolent Crisis Intervention. WI DPI offers directives for the use of seclusion and restraint in Special Educational Programs which includes sample forms for specific documentation of incidents. In addition to the directives, there is also information on how to include physical restraint and seclusion in a child's IEP. Read more about this hot topic at: http://www.dpi.wi.gov/sped/sbseclusion.html
WISCONSIN PTA Newsletter
Here you can find the latest edition of the Wisconsin PTA Parent Teacher newsletter. View the latest Legislative Activity, Wisconsin & National PTA Convention Information, PTA Election Voting, the Connect for Respect Bullying Program and more.
Center for Applied Special Technology
You have been offered several sites about RtI. Universal Design is a critical component of RtI. This website offers research and current information regarding this component.
Center on Instruction (COI)
This site is the gateway to information on many areas of instruction including literacy, technology, early learning and much more. The link below will take you to information on literacy specifically. It will also give you access to the other major areas that COI gathers for parents, educators, and researchers.
Zero to Three National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families
Find out what brain development, child development, early experiences in bonding, and other factors that contribute to a positive social/emotional experience for young children.
This link to a professional journal for educators offers an important article on the state of preschool. Parents will find the article very informative.