I apologize that the events are not ordered by date.  I am an advocate, not a webmaster.

Special Education Advocate Training (SEAT) - online - 2017-2018 school year

posted Jun 27, 2017, 8:38 AM by Diane Willcutts   [ updated Jun 27, 2017, 8:40 AM ]

The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates is proud to conduct a year-long Special Education Advocate Training (SEAT), the only nationally developed and recognized year-long course that provides participants with training to become a special education advocate. Click here for more general information on Advocate Training 

Opens a New Window. The SEAT course is based in part on the SEAT Curriculum developed through a partnership between COPAA and the University of Southern California on a three-year demonstration grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education in 2005. 

This session uses a web-based curriculum and distance learning. The course is being offered as a combination of self-paced web learning, readings, group and individual assignments as well as live virtual classrooms.  Participants must have a computer, web access, and frequent access to email. The course typically requires 5-6 hours per week of work (including the 2 hour mandatory class).

The course information is here.

Literacy Evaluations and the Dyslexic Student - Norwalk - September 12, 2017

posted Jun 27, 2017, 8:30 AM by Diane Willcutts   [ updated Jun 27, 2017, 8:44 AM ]

Presenter: Sheryl Knapp, M.Ed.

Sheryl Knapp, M.Ed., A/AOGPE, the founder of the Literacy Learning & Assessment Center of Connecticut, in Norwalk and Ridgefield, will discuss the essential components of literacy — including phonemic awareness, word identification, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. She will review the importance of each and the ways in which each can be effectively assessed, with a particular focus on students with dyslexia.

Sheryl provides training and consultative services to local families and school districts, as well as direct literacy remediation for students with a wide array of disabilities. She earned her Associate level Certification with the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners & Educators in 2010 and is currently working toward the next level of certification with the Academy. Sheryl has a Masters in Education in Curriculum and Instruction, with a specialization in literacy, from Post University, a Masters in Decision Sciences from the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. in Cognitive Science and Psychology from Wesleyan University. A frequent presenter on topics relating to literacy interventions and assessments, Sheryl was a long-time Board member for the CT Down Syndrome Congress and currently serves as President of the Dyslexia Society of CT.

6:00 p.m. Sandwiches & Refreshments

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Presentation

SoNo Branch Norwalk Public Library
10 Washington Street, Norwalk
Community Room

Please register by email.


Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities and
SoNo Branch Norwalk Public Library:
Community Conversations

Wrightslaw - One- or Two-Day Advocacy Bootcamp - Lowell, MA - October 27 and 28, 2017

posted Jun 27, 2017, 8:24 AM by Diane Willcutts   [ updated Jun 27, 2017, 8:31 AM ]

Sponsored by ABLED Advocacy

Location:  UTEC, 41 Warren Street, Lowell, MA

Wrightslaw programs are designed to meet the needs of parents, educators, health care providers, advocates, and attorneys who represent children with disabilities regarding special education.  The program is not disability specific.

October 27 - Law

(six-hours) focused on:

  • IDEA History - PARC + Mills Cases - Past US Supreme Court Cases

  • Measuring Progress: Understanding Tests & Measurements

  • Evaluations

  • Legal issues regarding Charter Schools, Food Allergies, Anaphylaxis, Epi-Pens, Diabetes, Epilepsy

  • Recent Supreme Court Cases

See the agenda.



October 28 - Advocacy

(six-hours) focused on:

  • Developing the Master Plan

  • Tactics & strategies for effective advocacy

  • Emotions, dealing with conflict

  • Negotiation skills

  • School Meetings: Preparation & Survival Strategies

See the agenda.


For more information, go here.  

1-3 of 3