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 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)


Spring Issue
June 2018
 Happy Spring....the weather has finally changed and we are starting to see warmer, sunny days!  It is our hope that you are having a successful "CSE Season" and your children are doing well as the school year comes to a close.  
   We recently hired a new Education Specialist here at the PNCR.  His name is Jay Arnold and he is a retired Special Education teacher  from the Albany City School District. He had worked for  20 years as a Community Coordinatin g Teacher and a SPED Transition Coordinator.   Jay worked closely with students and their families assisting them with the transition process. Please join us in welcoming Jay to the PNCR team!
   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@pnc

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

News  and Notes

 Tuesday, July 10, 2018 from 10:00 am to  12:00pm
 PNCR Offices/(Wildwood Programs Building #1)

 Are you helping too much? The fine line between   supporting and enabling your child w/ADHD is a   blurred one for most parents, especially regarding   schoolwork. Knowing when to let your child   manage assignments on his own (risking failure)   &  when it is appropriate to support him   w/guidance and assistance is incredibly tough.   (REPLAY of a PRE-RECORDED WEBINAR)

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM 
PNCR Offices/(Wildwood Programs Building #1)

Having important documents/records at your fingertips is important. Summer is the perfect time to get everything in order. Join us to learn which documents are important to keep and how to organize them into a useful binder for continued use. We'll provide the binder-you bring the educational records (evals, qtrly rpts, report cards, IEPs, etc).

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM 
PNCR Offices/(Wildwood Programs Building #1)

An inspirational story of Owen Suskin, a young man with Autism who was unable to speak as a child until he & his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films. This emotional coming-of-age story follows Owen as he moves into adulthood taking the first steps toward independence.

Thursday, August 2, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
@ PNCR Offices/(Wildwood Programs Building #1)

Join us to learn about a resource tool that helps parents & students gather/share relevant information related to the student's education including abilities, learning needs, strengths, challenges, preferences, etc. This resource tool will help prepare parents/students to actively participate in the CSE process in a collaborative & meaningful way.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM 
PNCR Offices/(Wildwood Programs Building #1)

Does your child struggle to start homework or plan a project? Does homework time begin like a dream and end with you and your child in tears? Does the "homework environment" support your child's learning style/needs? Join us as we explore and discuss homework challenges and learn useful tips and strategies to support a variety of learning needs.

Thursday, October 18, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM,   Hilton Garden Inn - Troy

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).