Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Facilitator Training for PFAST and LPFAST--Evening Session starts this week / Daytime session on 4/28--Spaces Available

You may be familiar with Parent & Family Advocacy and Support Training (PFAST) and Latino PFAST (LPFAST) in Spanish—two popular parent trainings we provide through Durham County Cooperative Extension to help parents better navigate their public schools to help their child succeed.  This April, we are offering a free facilitator training to community members interested in becoming a trained PFAST and/or LPFAST facilitator—facilitators will receive a certification for their participation along with a training notebook and a meal. 

PFAST/LPFAST Facilitator Training,  2 options (pick one)

     Evening--Wednesdays, April 22 and April 29 5:30-8:30PM, Dinner and Check-In 5-5:30   
                  Spanish Translation provided for Wednesday night sessions only.  
Daytime—Tuesday, April 28 9:00AM-4:30PM

Please see attached Flyer and Registration Form for the details.

We will also have a Spanish translator available at the evening facilitator training sessions only.  If you need a Spanish translator, please indicate this on the registration form.  Optimally, it is helpful to be bilingual English/Spanish in order to complete the training, but it is not required.  We are also training Parent Facilitators--parents who speak Spanish who want to become parent facilitators of the training.

Please contact Donna Rewalt in the office at 919-560-0538 or on her mobile at 919-475-3344 or by email at donnarewalt@gmail.com with any questions.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Shaping Your Child's Behavior without Being Bent Out of Shape--Parent workshop on Thursday 4/16

Shaping Your Child’s Behavior
Without Being Bent Out of Shape
Behavior tools for parents
Presenter:  Barbara Lowe- Greenlee PhD, LP
· How parents can use self-care/self-regulation strategies in a manner that allows for more proactive and less reactive parenting. 
· Developing behavioral strategies for increasing behaviors we want more of, and decreasing behaviors we want less of, in early to middle childhood and in tween and teen years.
· Developing effective parenting strategies for use with children who have various temperaments and unique needs.
Thursday, April 16, 2015
12:00—2:00 p. m.
DPS Staff Development Center
2107 Hillandale Rd. Durham

* For families of children who have special needs
* Parents/caregivers connecting to share ideas and strategies
* All parents and caregivers of a child with special needs are welcome to attend

*Registration Required *Lunch will be provided*
*Childcare is not available*
Spanish Interpretation available - Please encourage families to register
Spanish and English Flyers attached 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Submissions Due April 10 or 15 for the 2015 Congressional High School Art Competition in the 1st and 4th Congressional Districts--Durham

Information for students in District 1, Congressman GK Butterfield

Information for students in District 4, Congressman David Price

Submissions Due April 6-15 for the 2015 Congressional High School Art Competition
in the Fourth Congressional Districts

The Congressional High School Art Competition is an annual competition organized by representatives of the Congressional Districts, and is open to paintings, drawings, collage, mixed media, computer-generated art, photographs and prints created by high school students attending a school within the district. Each representative brings a winning entry back to Washington, D.C. to be displayed in the corridor of the U.S. Capital.

This competition is coordinated locally through First District U.S. Congressman Butterfield's office and Fourth District U.S. Congressman David Price's office. High School visual art students in the First and Fourth Districts are eligible to apply.
The Durham Arts Council is pleased to encourage eligible high school students to apply to this prestigious competition. Please see below for application details and deadlines.

For High School Students Residing in the First Congressional District
Eligibility: Open to all Durham high school-aged students residing in the First Congressional District.

Interested students should contact their art teachers to coordinate their entries. Art teachers should review the guidelines and directions at Congressman Butterfield's website.
The deadline for submitting work electronically is April 15.

The 1st place winning artwork will hang in the U.S. Capitol
2nd place will hang in the Congressman's Washington, D.C. office
3rd and 4th places will hang in District offices

For High School Students Attending High Schools in the Fourth Congressional District

Eligibility: Open to all Durham high school-aged students attending Jordan High School, Carolina Friends School, Durham Academy, Cressett Christian Academy, Trinity School of Durham and home school students resident in the Fourth District.

Interested students should contact their art teachers to coordinate their entries. Details and guidelines can be found here.

The 1st place winning artwork will hang in the U.S. Capitol
2nd place will hang in the Congressman's Washington, D.C. office
3rd place will hang in the Raleigh District office
4th Place will hang in the Southern District office
5th Place will hand in the Western District office

Submitted works can be dropped off at the Durham Arts Council building, 120 Morris Street, Durham, NC 27701.

Drop-off Dates: April 6th-April 10th, 2015

Drop-off Times: 9 AM – 5 PM
Contact Catherine Howard at Durham Arts Council for questions about drop off.

Durham Arts Council
120 Morris St.
Durham, NC 27701

Girls on the Run--Fun Run Open to All on Saturday, April 11

 13th Annual Quintiles Girls on the Run 
Spring 5K Fun Run 
Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 9:00 am at the 
American Tobacco Campus in downtown Durham
This is the culminating event for the GOTR Spring 2015 program where over 800 young girls will cross a 5k finish line for the very first time! But this event is not just for girls!  Families, boys, brothers, dads, friends, new runners, experienced runners, young and old—EVERYONE is invited to participate in this inspiring celebration of joy and accomplishment.
The event consistently attracts over 2,000 runners, along with hundreds of avid and enthusiastic spectators and volunteers. During and after the race, participants and spectators enjoy a fun Family Festival which includes a Kids Zone, food, music, entertainment/performances, and information booths from local business and non-profit organizations.  

To Register

Online registration for the Quintiles Girls on the Run Spring 5K is now closed. You can register on-site during Packet Pick Up at the following locations and times:
Wednesday April 8th from 4:30-7pm at Fleet Feet Raleigh Wade Ave location 
Thursday April 9th from 4:30-7pm at Fleet Feet in Carrboro 
Friday April 10th from 4-7pm at Fleet Feet in Durham 
On-site registration will be also be available at packet pick up and on Race Day, Saturday, April 11th: 7:30 am -8:45 am. Please arrive early. 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Soil and Water Conservation District Bookmark Contest for Grades K-2

Love Durham, farming and food? 
Show it by designing a bookmark for the Durham County Soil and Water Conservation District's 2015 contest! Entries must be from K-2 public, private or homeschool students. Deadline is May 1. There will be three winners--one each from Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades. This year's theme is "Farming and Food."  No adult help please!

For an entry form and guidelines go to:

Wrightslaw One-Day Conference in Southeast--Helpful Event for Parents and Professionals working with children and teens with disabilities

Parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys come to Wrightslaw for accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities. 

Wrightslaw trainings are informative, targeted, and designed to help families with a child with special needs (as well as professionals) navigate complex systems and develop a more complete understanding of your rights and responsibilities.  DER attended one of these Wrightslaw sessions in Georgia a few years ago and it was worth the effort and time to attend.


Speaker Pete Wright 

Per the initial November 2014 posting of our Clinton, MD conference, speaker Pete Wright, Esq., presents this one-day Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Training in Clinton, MD, just outside of DC. This training is designed to meet the needs of parents and professionals serving children and teens with disabilities. Take a look at the agenda!