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

Give Your Input to the CT Bureau of Special Education! - Open Forum for Parents - Various dates in October/November - Old Lyme, Hamden, Hampton, Hartford, Litchfield, Trumbull

posted Sep 23, 2018, 9:22 AM by Diane Willcutts   [ updated Sep 23, 2018, 9:25 AM ]

The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) and the RESC Alliance invite parents of students with disabilities to participate in regional forums to obtain feedback and input on special education systems, processes, and services. 

These regional forums will provide parents with the opportunity to share their experiences with the Special Education Bureau Chief in a structured environment to discuss the most pressing needs of the special education community in Connecticut.

The parent forums will consist of group conversations facilitated by special educators from Connecticut’s Regional Education Service Centers (RESCs). The forums were planned with the intent of being responsive to the needs of the participants, however facilitators may ask for feedback on specific special education issues in order to inform the State Advisory Committee on Special Education (SAC) and the CSDE’s Bureau of Special Education. The forums will also serve as an opportunity for parents to shape future training activities. While the forums will not necessarily address circumstances specific to individual students and families, Parent Consultants from The CT Parent Advocacy Center (CPAC), and other experts will be on-hand to offer guidance and suggestions.

There will be a morning (9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.)
and an evening (6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.) session for each forum.

Oct. 3 — LEARN
44 Hatchetts Hill Rd.
Old Lyme, CT 06371

Oct. 4 — ACES
ACES Staff Development
205 Skiff St.
Hamden, CT 06517

Oct. 15 — EASTCONN
376 Hartford Turnpike
Hampton, CT 06247

355 Goshen Road
Litchfield, CT 06759

Nov. 7 — CREC
Hosted by CREC at the Chrysalis Center
255 Homestead Avenue
Hartford, CT 06112

Nov. 8 — C.E.S.
25 Oakview Drive
Trumbull, CT 06611


Ross Greene - Children's Mental Health Conference - Norwood, MA - October 4 and 5

posted Sep 23, 2018, 9:13 AM by Diane Willcutts

School staff are increasingly challenged to effectively meet the needs of youths with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges. Tight budgets, high-stakes testing, and Zero Tolerance policies haven't made the task any easier.  By the time these youths end up in juvenile detention and treatment settings, they are often alienated, disenfranchised, and marginalized and have lost faith in those trying to help them. 

This conference is about how to start moving things in the right direction, and features cutting-edge interventions and dynamic speakers, including Dr. Ross Greene, psychologist and New York Timesbestselling author of The Explosive Child, Lost at School, Lost & Found, and Raising Human Beings and Founding Director of Lives in the Balance.  The conference also features a screening of excerpts from the forthcoming documentary film, produced by Lives in the Balance, The Kids We Lose.

It's two full days you won't want to miss, filled with invaluable information and practical, innovative ideas and intervention strategies. And you can earn up to 12 CE's!  To register, go here

Note from Diane:  I attended this conference last year, and it was amazing.  So often we focus on the "behavior" of the student and not enough on what is underlying the behavior.  This conference provides information about how to assess and support students in a more in-depth and effective way.

SpEd Connecticut series: What You Need to Know About Special Education - Fall 2018 - Tuesdays - Hartford - Diane is presenting on September 11!

posted Sep 3, 2018, 2:52 PM by Diane Willcutts

This is a program designed for parents, advocates, attorneys, educators, and other professionals.
People may attend one session, several, or all!  
To register, go here.

Sept. 11 - IDEA overview, procedural safeguards and strategies for meeting success
Presenter: Diane Willcutts 

Sept. 18 - Speech, Language and Communication Disorders 
Presenter: Richard Zipoli Ph.D CCC-SLP
Sept. 25 - ADHD, Anxiety & Trauma - Strategies for the classroom. 
Presenters: Aaron Weintraub, MS and Taina Amaro LCSW
Oct. 2 - Research-based Reading Interventions
Presenter: Judy Rosenfield M.S. CCC - SLP & Laura Carl  
Oct. 9 - Psychiatric Evaluations 
Presenter Dr. Robert Sahl M.D.  
Oct. 16 - Reading the IEP, SMART goals and objectives & how they can be measured. 
Presenters: Kit Savage and Danusia Pawska, BCBA
Oct. 23 - Assistive Technology in the IEP 
Presenter: Jamie Martin 
Oct. 30 - Reading Evaluations to identify programming needs 
Presenter: Sheryl Knapp M.Ed. A/AOGPE 
Nov. 6  - Behavioral Interventions 
Presenter: John Molteni Ph.D., BCBA
Nov. 13 - Transition Planning 
Presenters: Joseph Prignano & Jackie Middleton 
Nov. 20 - The Scoop on Understanding Psych Testing: What do all those numbers mean
Presenter: Caley Schwartz. Ph.D. 
Nov. 27 - Procedural Safeguards - Complaints, Mediation, Hearings 
Presenter: Jeffrey Forte Esq.

Call or email the office today for more information 

All trainings are held on Tuesday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to noon at 

75 Charter Oak Ave, Hartford, CT

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.

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