Training Opportunity – Critical Decision Points for Families of Children with Disabilities

See the copied Superintendent’s Memo below

Superintendent’s Memo #295-18

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA 
Department of Education

DATE:            October 19, 2018

TO:                  Division Superintendents

FROM:            James F. Lane, Ed.D., Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT:     Training Opportunity – Critical Decision Points for Families of Children with Disabilities

Parents and caregivers have certain goals in mind when their children go to school.  Regardless of whether or not their children have disabilities, all parents want them to learn, explore, and experience as much as they possibly can.  Parents strive for their children to complete their public education, obtain a diploma, and be fully prepared to move on toward their chosen path, whether that is immediate employment, higher education, or something else.  In order for your child to achieve these goals, there are certain decisions that you, as a parent, will have to make along the way.  Some of these decisions will occur as early as infancy.  Therefore, to ensure that parents have the knowledge necessary to make informed decisions, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), through grant funding provided by the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities (VBPD), has created a training program entitled Critical Decision Points for Families of Children with Disabilities.  The purpose of this training program is to assist families in understanding four things: (i) what are the keys to their child’s academic success; (ii) what decisions will they need to make regarding their child’s educational path; (iii) at what point will they be making these decisions; and (iv) what information will they need so that they can make the most well informed decisions possible for their child?

These trainings are designed for parents of children with disabilities who are currently eligible or being considered for services under the criteria set forth in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA 2004) implementing regulations or the implementing regulations of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and for people with disabilities.  The first regional trainings are scheduled as indicated below:

November 8, 2018 (Region 4 – Northern Virginia)

Location:         Holiday Inn Manassas, 10424 Balls Ford Road, Manassas, Virginia 20109

Time:              10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Registration link:

Critical Decision Points Parent Training Manassas – Region 4: Eventbrite Registration

November 15, 2018 (Region 5 – Valley)

Location:         Stonewall Jackson Hotel and Conference Center, 24 South Market Street, Staunton, Virginia 24401

Time:              10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Registration link:

Critical Decision Points Parent Training Staunton- Region 5: Eventbrite Registration

December 10, 2018 (Region 1 – Central Virginia)

Location:         Four Points by Sheraton, 9901 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond, Virginia 23235

Time:              10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Registration link:

Critical Decision Points Parent Training Richmond – Region 1: Eventbrite Registration

 

January 16, 2019 (Region 2 – Tidewater)

Location:         Hilton Garden Inn Suffolk, 100 East Constance Road, Suffolk, Virginia 2234

Time:              10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Registration link:

Critical Decision Points Parent Training Suffolk – Region 2: Eventbrite Registration

 

January 16, 2019 (Region 3 – Northern Neck/Middle Peninsula)

Location:         Riverside Center, 95 Riverside Parkway, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22406

Time:              10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Registration link:

Critical Decision Points Parent Training Fredericksburg – Region 3: Eventbrite Registration

 

February 5, 2019 (Region 8 – Southside Virginia)

Location:         Appomattox Inn, 447 Old Courthouse Road, Appomattox, Virginia 24522

Time:              10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Registration link:

Critical Decision Points Parent Training Appomattox – Region 8: Eventbrite Registration

This is a cost-free opportunity for up to 100 participants per training session and includes mileage reimbursement and lunch on the day of training for all participants.  Lodging is also available the night before the training session for participants travelling more than 60 miles to attend the training but is limited to 25 rooms.  As such, requests for lodging will be on a first-come, first-served basis.  Therefore, to ensure that VDOE orders enough meals and a rooming list can be prepared in advance of each training, VDOE is requesting that anyone interested in attending these trainings pre-register as early as possible using the registration links noted above.

Participant materials and an agenda will be provided at the training venue.  For questions regarding online registration, please contact Lisa Jones.  Ms. Jones can be reached via email, at Lisa.Jones@doe.virginia.gov, or via telephone, at (804) 225-2402.  General questions regarding these trainings should be directed to Tracy Lee.  Mrs. Lee can be reached via email, at Tracy.Lee@doe.virginia.gov, or by telephone, at (804) 225-3492.

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