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Special Education Workshops

Special Education Workshops


Partners Resource Network TEAM Project will be providing Special Education Workshops at Gulf Bend for employees and consumers/families.  You are welcome to bring snacks/food.  Crossroads Autism Network will provide a cookie tray.  We encourage you to attend this training to obtain valuable information on Special Education terminology, rights, procedural safeguards, and much more.  Many of our consumers qualify for Special Education services and may need assistance obtaining, navigating and evaluating these services.  Please save the following dates and share the information with those we serve.  The workshops will be held at Gulf Bend Center in the Johnson Conference Room, 2nd Floor - Room 242. 

Upcoming Workshops:

Thursday, January 25, 2018

  • 12 pm – 1 pm  Top Ten Basics of Special Education - This workshop will provide participants with an easy to follow roadmap of the Special Education process. We will discuss some acronyms, their definitions and why we use them. A basic overview of the Special Education process from “identification” through “re-evaluation” will be discussed.
  • 1pm – 2 pm      A General Overview to the new Every Student Succeeds Act - With the adoption of the new Every Student Succeeds Act, which is replacing No Child Left Behind, there are many changes coming to our schools. Adapted from a staff training, this workshop introduces some of the basic components of the ESSA, and how they compare to several of the major pieces of NCLB.


Thursday, March 29, 2018

  • 12 pm – 1 pm  ARD (Admissions, Review, and Dismissal) Process -  This workshop will provide an overview of the ARD process so that parents will be prepared to participate at every stage of the process. Participants will gain an understanding of the ARD meeting agenda, as well as their procedural rights and responsibilities.
  • 1pm – 2 pm      Contents of the IEP- This workshop is designed to provide parents with practical working knowledge of the contents of an IEP as defined by IDEA. Through the process of writing an IEP, we will learn to set reasonable and measurable learning goals for a child with a disability, and to state the individualized services that the school district will provide for that child.


Thursday, May 24, 2018

  • 12 pm – 1 pm  Children’s Mental Health Services Overview - This workshop provides an introduction to mental health services for children, both in the school and community settings. We will identify some of the common categories of mental health disorders and discuss the requirements set forth by IDEA to help students identified as having mental health disorders. We will also look at some of the various services available, both through the school to help the child academically, and within the community to help the family receive the comprehensive help and support they need.
  • 1 pm – 2 pm      Section 504 - This workshop will provide an overview of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Participants will learn that schools have an obligation to prevent discrimination based on disability, to provide equal opportunity to all students, and to provide FAPE (Free Appropriate Public Education) to each qualified student with a disability. The definition of disability will be explained and the identification process for the 504 Plan will be explored.  

For more information, please contact Robyn Garza at 361.575.0611, ext. 334 or click on the links below.

Flyer - January Workshop - 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Flyer - January Workshop - 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm