Next STEPs

Next Steps Parent Leadership Training Series Fall 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). This training series will 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. This training is an opportunity to learn how and where to give a voice to the needs of families of students with disabilities. Our goal is for participants to become active and collaborative team members in an effort to support student success.

The training will be held on Monday evenings starting on October 2nd, continuing through the end of November. Sessions will be held in Waterbury, each session beginning at promptly 6:00 p.m. The training covers special education and related topics such as:

• The Parent’s Role at the Table: Planning and Progress Monitoring
• Developing an Appropriate IEP
• Laying the Foundation: Educational Laws and their Impact on Students with Disabilities
• Reaching Agreement by Working Together
• Transition to Adult Life and Self-Advocacy
• Supporting Other Families
• Effective Communication Strategies

October 2, 16, 23, 30
November 6, 13, 20, 27

Participation at all eight sessions is encouraged. Click here for the application. Deadline to apply: September 18. For more information or questions about the application process, please call the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center at 860-739-3089 or email Jane at

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