Empowerment Parent Workshops
What are Empowerment Parent Workshops:
Provides parents/caregivers with an opportunity to:
Learn about their child’s educational rights under the federal and state education laws
Be empowered to work collaboratively with their school district
Develop effective advocacy skills
Network with other families experiencing the same journey
Range of Workshop Topics:
Workshop topics will be helpful for parents/caregivers who are new or experienced to the IEP or 504 Plan process.
How Do I Register for the 2021-2022 workshop series starting in September 2021?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get a sign-up form or https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1fgLoStfuO8r8Mf9xV55ND_YdCnBenZsdJqxSaZn4178/edit
Cost: Free (Wednesday evening from 7-9:00 pm)
Location: Virtual via Google Meets except for October 13th workshop which will be in-person at Cornerstone Building,198 Bellevue Ave, Upper Montclair, NJ, 2nd floor Community Room
2021-2022 Empowerment Parent Workshops
September 29, 2021: It’s a New School Year! Let’s Get Ready: Come and network and learn about the Empowerment Parent Workshops.
Workshop #1: October 13, 2021--Organizing Your Child’s Advocacy Paperwork (Parent/Attorney In-Person Presentation ONLY)
This will be an interactive presentation so that you can begin to organize your child’s educational file which in turn will help you to be better prepared for teacher/parent conferences and IEP meetings.
Workshop #2: October 27, 2021--In Celebration of Dyslexia Awareness Month: How Do I know Whether My Child’s Reading Program is Appropriate? (Guest Speaker-Deborah Penner Smith)
A discussion on what parents should be looking for in the way of making sure their school is delivering an appropriate reading program.
November 17, 2021: How Mental Health Impacts Academics (Guest Speaker-Robin Gershon Halpern, MA, Ed.M., NCC, LPC) https://www.robingershonhalperncounseling.com/
January 26, 2022: Understanding Your Child’s Psycho-educational evaluation-Taking A Deeper Dive Into Assessments -- (Guest Speaker-Dr. Jennifer Ra) https://rawellness.org/
March 30, 2022: Preparing for your Annual IEP Meeting (Attorney Presentation)
April 27, 2022: In Celebration of Autism Awareness Month
How Do I know If My Child’s Autism Program Is For Real? (Guest Speaker)
Testimonials By Parents
"The Empowerment Parent Workshops were a lifeline for my husband and I as we navigated the IEP process. It was incredibly rewarding to be surrounded and supported by other parents walking the same journey. Norma connected us to knowledgeable, compassionate experts who shared their tools and wisdom, teaching us how to confidently advocate for our children. Her expertise regarding special education law, years of experience working with schools from elementary to college level and passion for helping families when they need it the most makes her an invaluable resource. " (Parent of an elementary student)
"Norma’s empowerment workshops have made such a difference in our lives as advocates for our son. For years, we were focused on our child’s needs without fully understanding our rights as parents, or our role in developing his IEP and working with his school. It was only through this series that I finally understand the bigger picture, including the role of an IEP and the responsibility of the school to meet my son’s educational needs. I cannot recommend this series enough to anyone who has felt stuck or frustrated in their efforts to get their child’s needs met." (Parent of a middle schooler)