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, April 22, 2021, 7:00 pm until 8:45 pm 
Building Skills vs. Doing Skills: Considerations for Fostering Independence and Reducing Adult Support. Online Event.
Preregister by Monday 4/19/21
Participants will learn about supporting students with Autism Spectrum Disorders or persistent disruptive behaviors with an emphasis on building skills vs doing skills.
David Meichenbaum, Ph.D., Director of Community Consulting & Clinical Services, The Summit Center

Wednesday, April 28, 2020, 6:30 pm until 7:30 pm
Regional SEPTSA Meeting. Online Event. Pre-register
Join SEPTSA representatives from across WNY for a virtual meeting.
WNY Special Education PTSA members

Thursday, May 27, 2021, 7:00 pm until 8:45 pm 
Siblings of Children with Disabilities. Online Event. Pre-register
Kathy Doody, Ph.D., Exceptional Education, Buffalo State College

Previous 2020-21 Events:

Thursday, October 22, 2020, 7:00 pm until 8:45 pm 
Improving Social InteractionsOnline Event.
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, December 3, 2020, 7:00 pm until 8:45 pm
Regional SEPTSA Social. Online Event.
Join SEPTSA representatives from across WNY for a virtual social gathering.
WNY Special Education PTSA members

Thursday, January 28, 2021, 7:00 pm until 8:45 pm 
Intro to Restorative PracticesOnline Event.
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

Thursday, February 25, 2021, 7:00 pm until 8:45 pm 
IEP Panel. Online Event.
Join local parents for discussion around preparing for and participating in your child’s annual Committee on Special Education (CSE) or Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) meeting.
CSE & CPSE Parents

Thursday, March 25, 2021, 7:00 pm until 8:45 pm 
Executive (Dys)Function: Making Things Better. Online Event.
Let’s face it: Our kiddos sometimes struggle more with turning in work than they do with actually doing the work. We feel like our child is in a constant audition for a starring role in The Absent-minded Professor. It’s a thing. Virtual learning has made the situation (much) worse. Join in for practical strategies and tips real families can use right away to support gifted students in today’s learning environment.
Lisa VanGemert, M.Ed, “Gifted Guru”