Next STEPs

Next Steps Parent Leadership Training Series Spring 2017

This eight-session intensive series is designed to help parents and professionals gain the skills and knowledge necessary for them to be effective members at the Planning and Placement Team meeting (PPT) as well as prepare them for a variety roles at the school, district, regional or state level. Participants will learn about the law related to education as well as state and federal level initiatives that impact students with disabilities and their education. It is a chance to learn how and where to give a voice to the needs of families of students with disabilities. Ultimately our goal is for participants to become active, collaborative team members in an effort to support student success.

The training will be held on Monday evenings starting on March 20th, continuing through April and ending May 8th and will be held in New London, each session beginning at promptly 6:00 p.m. The training is divided into four topical areas.

  • Laying the Foundation: Educational Laws and their Impact on Students with Disabilities
  • Developing an Appropriate IEP
  • The Parent’s Role at the Table: Planning and Progress Monitoring
  • Reaching Agreement by Working Together

March 20th and 27th
April 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th
May 1st and 8th

Participation at all eight sessions is encouraged. Click here for the application. Deadline to apply: March 10, 2017. For more information or questions about the application process, please call the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center at 1-800-445-2722 or email Jane at

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