Dear FACT Families, Friends, and Community Partners,
This time of year, we are typically celebrating the start of summer and the end of the school year. And while June 2020 looks a lot different, take a moment to acknowledge and appreciate your strength and perseverance. Please continue to take time for yourself when you need to: It’s a marathon, not a sprint, and we’re all in this together.   

In this month's newsletter, we’re sharing ways to stay connected with us, as we head into summer and continue to navigate new, uncharted waters.

We are continuing to update our COVID-19 resource page with resources, as well as recordings of our past Distance Learning webinars in case you missed any, for you to watch at your convenience.   

We also want to remind you about our Special Education and Distance Learning toolkit as well as our Special Education and Distance for Little Ones toolkit . It might seem like a ways off, but now is a good time start thinking about next year. In this newsletter, we’re highlighting the importance of keeping a Distance Learning log or journal, and sharing tips and tricks when creating your own. We hope you'll continue to find these toolkits helpful as we all begin to plan for the fall.

Lastly, we wanted to celebrate the Class of 2020 and all of their accomplishments! There’s a brand new blog post from a parent sharing their son’s journey to graduation, and we’re including a link to our photo album where we’re showcasing 2020 graduates from across the state!

Remember, you are not alone! You can register for webinars as well as keep up with regular updates on our Facebook page!

And as always, our Support Specialists are available to answer questions, share information and resources, and to listen and brainstorm with you. Call (503) 786-6082 or email support@factoregon.org .

Stay strong,
Roberta Dunn, FACT Oregon Executive Director
Start Planning For the Fall with Our Distance Learning Toolkit
From FACT Oregon Program Coordinator, Cori Mielke:

As this school year comes to an end, you may find yourself wondering where do we go from here? This year was anything but standard and the 2020-21 school year is still an unknown.

As we start to turn our attention to the summer and the 2020-21 school year, it’s time to start thinking about the lessons learned from this year. Many families have reached out to us, asking how to log or track their child’s learning.

Logging what and how your child was learning during Distance Learning will be an important piece of the conversations that IEP teams will be having in the future– and remember, that team includes you ! Your ‘logs’ and parent input will provide your child’s team valuable information about your child as it builds the foundation for their IEP and determines appropriate goals for the upcoming year. Logging your child’s learning shouldn’t feel overwhelming or like it’s one more thing to do so we have created our Special Education and Distance Learning toolkit with helpful tips, things you might be thinking about, and examples to guide you as you prepare for the next step of your child’s education. Above all, please remember you are not alone. FACT Oregon parent-led staff are walking alongside this journey with you.
Remember, recordings of our Special Education and the IEP: Distance Learning, Special Education and Distance Learning: What You Need to Know Toolkit, Parent Participation during Remote IEP Meetings, Managing Stress and Building Resilience During Crisis, and Distance Learning for Little Ones webinars are also available now to watch, no registration required!
**Recordings in Spanish are also available on our website .**
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J UNE 8: Distance Learning and Present Levels: What are they, why does it matter, and preparing for the Fall

Your child's IEP is built on the foundation of ‘Present Levels’. The IEP can only be as strong as the foundation. What are Present Levels of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance? Why is this section in the IEP important? How do ‘Present Levels’ guide the special education services your child receives? In this webinar we’ll answer these questions and share tips and tools you can incorporate as you begin to think about what next school year might look like for your child.

Help Us Celebrate the Class of 2020!
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We're excited and proud to be able to celebrate our 2020 graduates! Read a brand new blog post from FACT Oregon Support Specialist, Whitnie Trost, as she shares her son Christopher's journey to graduation this year!
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Got a 2020 graduate? Reply to this email with a photo of them, their first name and school (if you're comfortable sharing) and we'll add them to our Class of 2020 photo album on our Facebook page for all to see!