Workshop Announcement Title

For All Parents:

Does your child currently have an IEP?

Is your child being evaluated for special education services?

If so, then this IEP Training is for you!


The Utah Parent Center is pleased to announce two upcoming IEP Trainings! 

Read more details about topics included in the training below!


Surrogate Parent Certification will be offered from 3:00-3:30 p.m. following the IEP Trainings at each location for those who are interested. 


Choose the location that best suits your needs:


Thursday, October 13, 2011, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Weber School District Office

5320 Adams Ave Parkway, Ogden

Click here for PDF flyer for this training.  


Thursday, November 3, 2011, 9:00 a.m - 3:00 p.m.  

Utah Parent Center

230 West 200 South, Suite 1101,  Salt Lake City

Click here for PDF flyer for this training.



Pre-registration for these events is required.  Registration Deadlines: 

Ogden, Utah:     October 10, 2011 or   Salt Lake City:    November 1, 2011 


  Register Today!  (Lunch is on your own for both events)

Phone:  801.272.1051 or 1.800.468.1160



Registration Information:  Please provide your name, phone number, email address, age and primary disability of your child and the name of the district or charter school your child attends, as well as which training you are planning to attend! 


Surrogate Parents:  If your school district or charter school has asked you to represent them as a Surrogate Parent, please let the UPC Staff know that you plan on attending the Surrogate Parent Certification offered from 3:00-3:30 p.m.  (School personnel may not be a Surrogate Parent for a child in the district that he/she is employed.)


For additional information about the Utah Parent Center,
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Topics That Will be Covered Include:


Parents as Partners in the IEP Process

Parents are important members of the IEP team.  They can and want to be effective partners with other members of the team in developing and delivering special education programs for their student with disabilities.  However, they often lack information.  This workshop will help parents understand their role, rights and responsibilities in the IEP process.  They will learn how to effectively prepare for, participate in and follow-up on IEP meetings held on behalf of their student.


Section 504 Services in Schools

Section 504 is a law that provides accessibility and reasonable accommodations in a school setting. Equal access and opportunity is the focus!  The provisions of this law are not intended to reduce learning expectations.   In this workshop, we will discuss how a student becomes eligible for services and the types of accommodations available depending on the individual needs of the student.  We will also discuss several problem solving scenarios that could occur and give recommendations for a successful outcome.  This workshop will help parents understand their role and responsibilities in working with school personnel.


Positive Behavioral Interventions and the IEP

The IEP team must consider, when appropriate, strategies including positive behavioral interventions, strategies and supports to address the behavior through the IEP Process.  Learn more about functional behavioral assessment, behavioral intervention plans and your child's IEP.


Transition to Adult Life Overview

An overview offering information about transitioning to 'life after school'.  This will help parents understand the transition to adult life, prepare to participate in plan development and implementations as well as focus on issues and changing roles during this time.


Tools for Constructive Communication

Some of the most important skills - or "tools" - needed by IEP team members are good communication skills.  In this interactive workshop, participants will learn and practice 5 basic skills that can lay the foundation for the effective exchange of ideas and information.  Effective relationships often employ constructive communication - the kind that builds effective teamwork.  You will want these tools in your communication toolbox! 


Surrogate Parent Certificaiton

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that school districts and all other education agencies protect the rights of children with disabilities. Whenever the parents of a child are not known, cannot be located after reasonable efforts, when educational rights have been removed from the parent or when the child is a ward of the court and no other person meets the legal definition of parent, a surrogate parent must be appointed. Both school districts and juvenile courts in the state have the authority to appoint surrogate parents when needed. In addition, parents themselves, or children who have reached the age of majority, may request the assistance of a surrogate parent. Surrogate parents are individuals appointed to act in place of a parent to participate in making special education decisions for a child. Surrogate parents appointed for educational purposes are sometimes referred to as educational surrogates. At the completion of this workshop, participants will have the appropriate training to volunteer as a surrogate parent if they choose to do so.