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Assistive Technology Tips to Help Level the Playing Field
This presentation is an overview of Assistive Technology and how to integrate various tools to increase independence in the areas of communication, reading and writing. Several tips on how to utilize/adapt materials toprovide increased accessibility options will be shared. Presented by: Terri Noldner, MA CCC-SLP, Assistive Technology Coordinator at Teachwell

What Should I Expect If My Child Is In A Multi-Tiered System of Support School?
What is meant by MTSS?What does the school mean when they say my child is in tier 2?How is an MTSS school different from a school not doing MTSS? Is my child still receiving the best education possible? As a parent, you may have many questions about the education and behavior supports your child is receiving in an MTSS school. This session will talk about how MTSS is structured to ensure all students are receiving the level of support they need based on data and how this system ensures students receive this support in a timely manner. Presented by Rebecca Cain and Brandi Gerry, SD Department of Education, Special Education Programs
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School's In Session. How's It Going? A Conversation With Special Education Directors
As students begin another school year, many teams are addressing and navigating special education issues. Now more than ever, communication between school and home is essential. Join a facilitated conversation with Valerie Johnson, CORE Educational Cooperative CEO, Brenda Stover, Director of Special Service and SD CASE President, and Carla Miller, SD Parent Connection Executive Director to discuss: how special education services are being provided, successes students and schools are experiencing, on-going concerns families and schools are facing, ways teams are working together to address these concerns, and advice for how parents can work with their child's IEP Team.

Starting Well 2020: Special Education Considerations
State Special Ed Director, Linda Turner, will visit with families about guidance for schools and families on specific considerations for students with disabilities as we prepare to begin the new school year. This will include discussion of what IEP teams may want to discuss at the start of the year and the difference between school in the home due to flex learning, homebound, and homeschool. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and provide input on what resources would be helpful for families.
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My Child Is Being Bullied at School!
Children with ADHD, among other students, are often prime targets for school bullies in class, at lunch, and during recess. They may draw a bully's attention by receiving classroom accommodations, exhibiting weak social skills, or just being "different." Kids who are bullied often come to dread going to school; they also suffer low self-esteem, grades, and academic performance. Michele Borba, Ed.D. provides serious strategies for protecting students from bullies.

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On demand webinars with topics related to school and students with ADHD, learning disabilities, and other co-occurring conditions.

Read to Succeed
Through the SPDG Grant, the South Dakota Department of Education in partnership with SD Parent Connection, SD Statewide Family Engagement Center, and Dakota State University have developed a four-part training series of parent development modules centered around supporting children's reading development at home and the big five areas of literacy (Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary and Comprehension).

Understanding How Children Learn To Read
Students learn best when schools and parents work together. There are key areas schools work on as they help children learn to read. In this session, parents will learn about these areas and how they can work on reading at home with their child. In this session you will learn the 5 instructional areas for reading in school and review activities and resources you can use at home to work with your child.

Understanding Reading Challenges
Struggling to read affects all aspects of learning at school. Therefore, it is important that students who require support to read are identified early and successful strategies put in place to help.

My Child Has Dyslexia. What Now?
Sometimes students receive a diagnosis of Dyslexia from a doctor or specialist in the community. While schools in South Dakota don't formally diagnose Dyslexia, they still provide services and supports for students who struggle to read because of it. In this session participants will learn about the difference between a diagnosis of Dyslexia and a determination of a Reading Disability by their local school district. Participants will also learn how to address concerns by asking key questions when meeting with their school team.

Addressing Transitions and Graduation
There are times throughout a student's life where key transitions occur, from the first day of school and beyond. This session discusses the importance of preparing students for transitions they will face.
In this session, participants will:
Discuss the importance of planning for transitions
Review key transition that occur including:
Readiness for school entry at kindergarten
The importance of preparing for middle school
Important considerations for planning for graduation
Transition to post-secondary or work
Considerations for if a student has been served through an IEP or 504 plan will be discussed

Strengthening Relationships and Communication

Learn some tips and understand the importance of communication and building relationships with your childs IEP Team. Suggestions on resolving conflicts are included in this video.

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