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NYSED Updates and Guidance

Superintendent Determination Option for Graduation with a Local Diploma  (updated info) can be found HERE.  (August 2018)

Guidance on Students with Disabilities Resulting from Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, and Dyscalculia can be found   HERE (August 2018)

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

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)

Effective July 1, 2018 New York schools are required by law to provide instruction in mental health to all elementary, middle and high school students.  The new law amends section 804 of Article 17 of State Education Law and applies to all public and private schools under the jurisdiction of the New York State Education Department (SED).  Section 804 of the law pertains to health education, which schools have been required to provide for several decades and includes subject matter such as the early detection of certain cancers and alcohol, tobacco and substance use.  The new law adds mental health to the legally mandated components of health instruction.
A School Mental Health Education Resource and Training Center is being established by the Mental Health Association in New York State, Inc.(MHANYS) to help schools comply with the new law.  The Center will provide free online mental health training (CTLE-eligible) and instructional resources for educators, as well as mental health resources for parents and guardians, students and community-based mental health providers.  For more information about the Center please visit
  For more information about "Mental Health Education In New York State"  Click here

In October 2016, MHANYS published "Mental Health Education in New York Schools" outlining legislative history and intent, and recommendations for implementing the law including content that should be included when schools are developing curriculum. Visit the link below to view the white paper and recommendations.

Back to School

September, 2018
It's that time of the year again when the days get shorter, the weather cools down a bit, and our children go back to school.  If you are like us, getting into a routine again is not such a bad thing.  The key is to be prepared. 

Please take a look at our free workshops for September and October
.   Click here

Here at the PNCR we are happy  to help you start the year off on the right foot.  
If you have special education or disability related questions or need help preparing for an upcoming CSE/annual review meeting, please contact our office, Monday through Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm, at 518-640-3320 or info@pnc

The PNCR Team.
Bonnie, Liz Mary, Sheri and Jay

News  and Notes


 Dr. Ross Greene
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Ross W. Greene, Ph.D., is the New York Times bestselling author of the influential books The Explosive Child, Lost at School, Lost and Found, and Raising Human Beings. He is the originator of the model of care described in those books, now called Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS).


My school age daughter struggles with homework each year. Do you have any suggestions  how to support her to have a more positive homework experience?

Homework can often create stress in families, especially for families who have a child who has learning or behavioral difficulties.  Some students have an IEP or 504 plan with homework modifications.  Talk to the school about these modifications and make sure that the suggestions are specific.  Additionally, the following tips may be helpful for parents to implement so that homework does not cause battles in your home.
 1.  Find out what the homework policy is for your school.

2.  Talk to your child about the "where and when" of homework.   

3. Assist your child in developing a plan for homework completion.
4. If your child needs assistance, have him/her verbalize what they are supposed to do.   

5.  Homework should be practice of a skill that your child has already been taught.  

6.  Remember, it is your child's homework, not yours
7.  Finally, don't battle over homework.

  For more information on these tips  Click Here