2020-21 Programs

Attend our FREE informative programs on topics related to special, gifted, & general education.

Open to the public & all are welcome! All events will be presented virtually until further notice due to COVID-19 restrictions.  Pre-registration will be required to receive the link to the event. Please use this link to RSVP for any of our events listed below.

Thursday, October 22, 2020, 7:00 pm until 8:45 pm 
Improving Social Interactions
Online Event. Pre-register by 10/18 

Join us to learn:
• common social skill needs across students
• simple tools to help students feel more socially comfortable
• how to reinforce skills within & outside of the academic setting

Grace Sokolowski, Williamsville CSD Speech Language Pathologist.


Thursday, January 28, 2021, 7:00 pm until 8:45 pm 
Restoring Practices
Online Event. Pre-register by 1/18 

Attend this event to:
•Participate in community circle using talking pieces, restorative language & problem-solving
•Learn about restorative circles and restorative conferencing approach to discipline, and how these models work together
•Learn about implementation of restorative practices in WCSD

Linda Ruest, WCSD Instructional Specialist

Previous 2019-20 events:

Thursday, October 24, 2019  (Two Concurrent Events)
Special Education Panel/Roundtable (Rooms C & D)
Special Education Expert Panel (including WCSD Special Ed Coordinators)
followed by Roundtable Dialogues.
Submit questions you would like to see discussed here:
Special Education Experts & WSEPTSA Members.

Gifted Programming Panel/Roundtable (Rooms A & B)
Gifted Programming (GP) Expert Panel (featuring WCSD GP Specialists)
followed by Roundtable Dialogues.
Submit questions you would like to see discussed here:
WCSD Gifted Programming Specialists & WSEPTSA Members.

Thursday, January 23, 2020
Supporting Student Wellness & Mental Health Panel
Moderated Q&A from questions submitted here: bit.ly/1-23-Panel
Panel discussion topics will include:
-wellness initiatives in WCSD
-school mental health supports & staff
-NYS mental health education legislation
-community-based initiatives & supports
Panelists from WCSD and Mental Health Advocates of WNY.

Thursday, April 23, 2020
Redefining Consequences: Considerations & Strategies for Reducing Challenging Behaviors Online Event.
For those working with or caring for a child exhibiting recurring challenging behaviors, learn:
-how many conventional ways of responding to challenging behavior contribute to its’ persistence
-practical evidence-based strategies to decrease maladaptive behaviors and increase adaptive alternative behaviors
David L. Meichenbaum, Ph.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist, The Summit Center.