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SPAN Workshops
Central New Jersey
Special Education Parent Virtual Roundtable

¡Empoderados, Comprometidos y Efectivos! 

Una serie interactiva y totalmente en español de empoderamiento familiar. Aprenda como navegar el sistema de educación especial. Identifique los apoyos disponibles para los estudiantes que están teniendo estragos en su educación. Organice un plan de acción para involucrase efectivamente en los grupos de toma de decisiones. Anote las fechas:
  • 18 de febrero de 2021
  • 18 marzo de 2021
Todas las reuniones serán de 6:00pm-8pm.

Para más información o si necesita ayuda registrándose contacte a: Fanny Ochoa o llame al 551-260-0046
The CARE Project
February 19 & 20, 2021
For families with a child who is Deaf or Hard of Hearing
birth to 5 years old

The Virtual Retreat will include:

Opportunities to form relationships with other parents experiencing a similar journey

A virtual panel of teens living with hearing loss who will share their experiences and answer questions

Presentation topics geared toward transition, advocacy and mentoring

Literacy Strategies for Families Through COVID 19 and Beyond
Are you hoping for some support and advice about reading together at home? Tell us how we can help.

Literacy Strategies for Families facilitates partnerships between families and schools by creating and supporting school teams that include school staff and families who are interested in improving outcomes for students in literacy. 

We offer these school teams a non-competitive grant to facilitate the implementation of the team action plan.

Our support will be focused on strategies that are appropriate for all families whose children attend the school, including both students who receive general education support and those identified for special education supports. The plans will be flexible and adaptable to best support culturally, linguistically, and economically diverse families and learners of all ability levels. 

To receive support in your school or district,
contact Debbie Esposito, Literacy Coordinator,

Click here to Download the one-page information sheet.
This virtual event will provide information to both youth/young adults and their parents on education rights, developing the Transition Plan, the importance of self advocacy and supported decision-making, adult services and more. Join us to learn strategies that will help your family prepare for the future.

Saturday, March 20, 2021
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Join fellow parent leaders for a conversation on how we begin to prepare for the return to school and address the impact 2020 had on our children. From inclusion to social emotional learning to transition to evaluations, how do we move forward to address each issue with our school district? We all had a front row seat to our child’s learning, so how do we communicate what we saw and ensure our voice is heard at IEP meetings? Learn about available resources, discuss state and federal guidance, and network with other parents and parent groups in the region.

Thursday, February 11th  @ 7:00 pm
Thursday, February 18th @ 12 Noon

Parent Circle Time: How to Keep Your Child Motivated This School Year
From remote to in-person to hybrid, our children are experiencing a school year that has challenged them in many ways. In this session, we will address the underlying issues that are causing the “big emotions," discuss how children can express & address their emotions in a healthy way, and identify tools parents can use to collaborate with their child’s teacher.

February 25th @ 7:00 PM

Register here:
NJ Statewide Network for Cultural Competence(NJSNCC)

8th Annual Conference 2021

Building Bridges, Breaking Barriers & Cultivating Cultural Competency with the Diverse Deaf, Deaf-Blind & Hard of Hearing Community a virtual conference

April 26th & April 27th
12:00PM - 5:00PM



2021 SPAN Parent Leadership & Advocacy Virtual Conference

A statewide conference for and about meaningful Parent Leadership across New Jersey's education, health, mental health, family support, human services, and child welfare systems.

1PM to 4:30PM EST
May 11 and 13, 2021

Sponsors & Exhibitors: Lanisha Makle-Ridley,

Questions: Nicole Pratt,

Registration: Click Here
Sponsors and Exhibitors: Click Here

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