CONNECTI ONS 

A Quarterly Newsletter From the Parent Network of the Capital Region 
PNCR's mission is to provide parents with knowledge, skills, and resources to facilitate productive relationships with their school districts, ensuring an appropriate education for their child.  All services are offered at no cost.
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NYSED  SEEKING
PUBLIC   COMMENT

The Board of Regents recently Expanded the Safety Net Option for Students with Disabilities to Earn Local Diploma. As a result, 
NYSED is seeking public comment on the changes. The comment period will remain open until February 26, 2018. For more information CLICK HERE

NYSED
Updates and Guidance


Q and A released on Impartial Hearings for Students with Disabilities  can be found HERE.
  (January, 2018)

Diploma Requirements  Video Series can be found HERE (August, 2017)

Guidance to school districts to help students displaced by recent hurricanes can be found 
HERE.  (October, 2017)

Requirements Related to Special Education Impartial Hearings can be found 
HERE. (September 2017)

"Next Generation Learning Standards" approval announcement can be found 
HERE. (September 2017)

NYS Regents and local diploma requirements video series can be found HERE.  (August 2017)

Changes to the New York State Procedural Safeguards Notice: Rights for Parents of Children with Disabilities, Ages 3-21 can be found HERE. (July 2017)

Guidelines for medication management in schools  can be found HERE.  (May 2017)

Assistive Technology for Students with Disabilities can be found 
HERE. (April 2017)

Student Exit Summary as Required by IDEA 2004, updated guidance and form can be found 
HERE. (April 2017)

Transition Planning and Services for Students with Disabilities Guidance can be found 
HERE. (April 2017)

Multiple day administration of state assessments - revised procedures can be found  HERE.

Questions & Answers on Individualized Education Program (IEP) Development can be found HERE.

2017-2018 Grades 3-8 NYS Assessment Schedule can be found 

Superintendent Determination of Graduation with a Local Diploma (updated) can be found  HERE.
 
Parent Request For Superintendent Determination of Graduation With a Local Diploma-Model Form can be found  HERE.
 
Superintendent Determination of Graduation with a Local Diploma can be found 

Superintendent Determination of Graduation with a Local Diploma Q&A (Updated February 2017) can be found
 










Project KITE Applications for Spring 2018 are now being accepted!

A Free assistive technology training and coaching program for parents and educators designed to increase the independence and inclusion of young learners with disabilities. CLICK HERE to learn more and apply. Application deadline is Monday, February 22, 2018.  










YOUTH POWER! is a New York State network run for and by youth and young adults. The organization works to ensure young people have meaningful involvement on all levels of the services they receive. It ensures the availability of Peer Support through persistent advocacy, technical assistance and by offering training and education opportunities. 
Visit YOUTH POWER! website HERE






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Winter Issue
2017-2018
Happy New Year! (Is it too late to put that in print? I say it's never too late for well wishes!) When a new year begins people often set personal goals to exercise more, eat healthier, watch less TV, or maintain existing good habits. For educators working with, and families who have children with IEPs and 504s, January also begins a time of the year I refer to as IEP seasonThis year, as the IEP season gets underway, I encourage families and s chool staff to consider setting a goal aimed at increasing proactive communication. Consider having a conversation to address a concern before it escalates into a problem. OR Request a pre-CSE team meeting to review your student's or child's progress and begin the IEP planning process for 2018-2019, instead of waiting until the CSE annual review meeting.

If you have special education or disability related questions or need help preparing for an upcoming CSE/annual review meeting, feel free to contact our office, Monday through Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm, at 518-640-3320 or info@pncrny.org.

The PNCR Team.
Bonnie,  Liz Mary, and Sheri 
 






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Events,
News  and Notes

Below are events scheduled for February and March. Simply click on the training or event title For more information or to register, simply click on the name of the event/training. CLICK HERE to visit our calendar at a glance. 

Registration is required for all events and typically closes 2 business days prior to the event date. 


Tuesday, February 6, 2018 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM @ Troy Middle School in the Troy Room

This interactive workshop is for parents, guardians & advocates of children w/special needs. Participants will learn which documents are important to keep and how to organize them into a useful binder for continued use. Bring your child's educational records (evals, qtrly rpts, report cards, IEPs,etc) and PNCR will provide binders, dividers, etc.
 
Thursday, February 8, 2018 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM @ Amsterdam Free Library in Partnership with the Greater Amsterdam School District

It's time!! Soon districts and parents will meet to develop a new IEP for the next school year. Join us as we share tips & tools used to help prepare for your child's CSE/IEP annual review meeting and to gain a better understanding of an IEP. We will review each section of the document & discuss the IEP as a strategic tool guiding instruction/learning.

Monday, February 12, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM @ Sand Creek Middle School in Partnership with the South Colonie CSD SEPTA

The research is clear, when parents and schools work together, kids are more successful. This workshop highlights essential elements of effective communication that are critical for positive home/school relationships. Participants will learn simple, practical steps for working with their child's educational team to build effective communication.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM @ Averill Park High School 

For many students with disabilities, the key to success in the classroom lies in having appropriate accommodations and modifications made to instruction and other classroom activities. Join us to learn differences between modifications and accommodations and discuss accommodations and modifications as part of the Individualized Education Program.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM @ PNCR Offices in Latham

"Coffee, Conversation, Connection", is a monthly forum for parents and family members, whose loved ones have special needs. Here, you can meet and share information, ask questions, explore resources, exchange ideas and when needed, simply stop, take a deep breath, and be still. *RSVP Required*  Discussion Topic: Working With School Teams to Think "Outside the Box"

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM @ Columbia High School Library (East Greenbush CSD)

Parents of children with disabilities often experience chronic sorrow that is described as a long-term form of grief beginning at the time of a child's diagnosis and recurs at various times throughout the child's life. This training provides an overview of the grief cycle, focusing on the impact of grief on the family.


 

The Great Paper Chase: Organizing Your Child's Educational Records

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM @ Saratoga Springs Public Library


 

This     interactive workshop is for parents, guardians & advocates of children w/special needs. Participants will learn which documents are important to keep and how to organize them into a useful binder for continued use. Bring your child's educational records (evals, qtrly rpts, report cards, IEPs,etc) and PNCR will provide binders, dividers, etc.


 

Tantrums, Tears, and Timeouts: Helping Your Child w/ASD Overcome Challenging Behaviors

Thursday, March 1, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM @ PNCR Offices (Wildwood Programs Building #1)

 

During this training, participants will learn: how to define challenging behaviors; ways to track that behavior; user-friendly tools to help determine the function of behaviors & strategies based on that function. Emphasis will be placed on strategies families can use in the home environment. Presented by Center for Autism and Related Disabilities.


 

Tardy, Confused, and Disorganized: Supporting Learners with Executive Function (EF) Challenges

Monday, March 12, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM @ Farnsworth Middle School in Partnership with Guilderland CSD SEPTA


Join us for an interactive workshop discussing EF Skills and the impact EF challenges have for individuals w/disabilities. Resources, tools for supporting and teaching skills, solutions and ideas will be shared. We'll exchange ideas and brainstorm solutions that are applicable to school age children with ADHD, ASD, LD, behavior challenges, and other needs.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM @ Harriet Gibbons Media Center (CSD of Albany)


 

Join us for an interactive workshop discussing EF Skills and the impact EF challenges have for individuals w/disabilities. Resources, tools for supporting and teaching skills, solutions and ideas will be shared. We'll exchange ideas and brainstorm solutions that are applicable to school age children with ADHD, ASD, LD, behavior challenges, and other needs.

Parents as Partners: Tips and Tools For a Successful CSE/IEP Annual Review Meeting

Friday, March 16, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM @ Saratoga Springs Public Library

 

It's that time  of the year - the time when school districts and parents meet to develop a new IEP for the next school year. Join us as we share tools and tips parents need to help prepare for their child's Annual Review CSE/IEP Meeting. This training will also cover all sections of the IEP and how they relate to the CSE meeting.


 

Resource and Information Exchange: Community Resources for Families with Special Needs

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM @ School 2 ( Troy City School District)


 

Join us for a guided interactive discussion where participants SHARE and EXCHANGE resources for siblings, parents, and their children with special needs. Categories of interest include: sports, camps, social and leisure activities, developmental/clinical services, support groups, education and disability specific info.


 

Strategies for Supporting a Child with Executive Function (EF) Challenges

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM @ Cohoes Middle School Library


 

Join us for an interactive workshop discussing EF Skills & the impact EF challenges have for individuals w/disabilities. Resources, tools for supporting and teaching skills, solutions & ideas will be shared. We'll exchange ideas & brainstorm solutions that are applicable to school age children with ADHD, ASD, LD, behavior challenges, & other needs.


Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD): The Basics

Monday, March 26, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM @ Columbia High School (East Greenbush CSD)

 

Join us for a basic overview of ASD and how the characteristics associated with this disorder may impact children in school, community and home environments. Educating children with ASD involves a partnership between schools, families, and communities. The better we understand ASD, the better prepared we are to help students reach their potential.