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Decoding Dyslexia - Understanding How Reading is Monitored by Public Schools - New Canaan - May 31

posted May 17, 2018, 5:31 AM by Diane Willcutts

When:  Thursday, May 31
Where: New Canaan Public Library - Children’s Room
Time: 6:45-8PM

Parents will learn what universal screeners actually measure to assess literacy skills.  This information is essential to effectively advocate for the reading interventions, supports and services that will meet your child’s needs.

Kit Savage is the Director of Savage Advocates, LLC.  Kit is a parent advocate and non-attorney, special education advisor.   Danusia Pawska, BCaBA is the co-founder of Achieve Fluency, a learning center dedicated to helping struggling learners achieve their highest level of academic success.

Join Kit Savage and Danusia Pawska as they present the basics every parent needs to know about how schools are measuring your child’s reading progress.

Who should attend this presentation?

Anyone who has a child struggling with learning to read

Key Takeaways for Parents:
* Review what classroom screeners, assessments and progress monitoring actually measure
* Explain the difference between receiving SRBI intervention and an IEP with special education services and supports
* Demonstrate what progress monitoring should include to meaningfully measure your child’s progress in reading


International Dyslexia Association Annual Conference - October 24-27 - Mashantucket

posted Apr 13, 2018, 5:59 PM by Diane Willcutts   [ updated Apr 13, 2018, 6:01 PM ]

IDA's 2018 Reading, Literacy & Learning Conference is for anyone affected by dyslexia and other learning based challenges. It is intended for educators, researchers, therapists, policy-makers, parents, and advocates to ban together and to access the most relevant and innovative content in the field of literacy, expand their existing networks, and gain fresh tools they need to transform the lives of those with dyslexia.  

Location:  Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut.

Dates:  October 24-27, 2018.

More information is here.

William & Mary Law Institute of Special Education Advocacy - Williamsburg, Virginia - July 29-August 3

posted Apr 12, 2018, 8:31 AM by Diane Willcutts

The William & Mary Law Institute of Special Education Advocacy is presenting its eighth annual five-day training program hosted by William & Mary Law School and co-sponsored by the PELE Special Education Advocacy Clinic and Wrightslaw. The purpose of this program is to provide training in special education advocacy to new attorneys, attorneys who are new to special education law, experienced advocates, and law students.

Nationally recognized speakers donate their time to train attorneys and advocates from all over the country in advanced advocacy. 

This five-day training program will begin in Williamsburg, VA on Sunday evening, July 29, 2018 with the registration session and welcome reception and conclude on Friday afternoon, August 3, 2018. The program will include approximately 22 sessions on applicable laws, ethics, best practices in advocacy, strategies in working with parents and schools, and dispute resolution procedures, taught by national leaders in the field.

Attendance is limited to 65. Applications will be reviewed on a bi-weekly rolling basis until the class is full. Early applications are recommended.

The program will be held at:
William & Mary Law School 613 South Henry Street Williamsburg, VA 23185-4110

More information is here.

SEEK - Advocacy Essentials in Special Education - Diane is a presenter! - Woodbridge - June 16

posted Apr 11, 2018, 4:06 PM by Diane Willcutts   [ updated May 17, 2018, 5:33 AM ]

  • Protecting Your Kids' Rights!  Advocacy Essentials in Special Education

    Full-day conference offered by SEEK (Special Education Equity for Kids of CT) and hosted by the Feinstein Law Group.
    Saturday, June 16 at 8 AM - 5 PM
    JCC of Greater New Haven
    360 Amity Road
    Woodbridge, CT
  • Now more then ever parents and students need to understand their rights under special education law and the barriers they may face. Join leading Connecticut professionals (lawyers, advocates and evaluators) for a full-day conference on trending special education issues and must know-advocacy skills. 
  • Connecticut conference attendees will receive 1-year PARENT MEMBERSHIP to SEEK of CT, a leading statewide organization of parents and professionals that is dedicated to improving educational outcomes of children with disabilities.
Tickets are available here.

Parent scholarships now available!  Please email to apply before May 31, 2018.

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