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 InteractionsOnline 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, December 3, 2020, 7:00 pm until 8:45 pm
Regional SEPTSA Social. Online Event. Pre-register by 11/29 
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. Pre-register by 1/24 
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. Pre-register
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 
Beyond Boredom. Online Event. Pre-register
For parents or educators who frequently hear their students say “I’m bored.”
Explore:
-what makes people bored,
-why some people get bored while others don’t,
-what teachers and parents can do to mitigate boredom and its negative effects.
Lisa VanGemert, M.Ed, “Gifted Guru”

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. Pre-register
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

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