Friday, April 6, 2018

PFAST UPDATED Day/Time--Special Daytime workshop series for Parents K-12, Starts April 11

PFAST UPDATED Day/Time--Special Daytime workshop series offered to Parents K-12



This is a perfect time to help your student finish the school year on a high note! Gain key insights and tips to navigate our public schools to help your child succeed. Join us for a special 5-week daytime series (normally 6 weeks) of our popular PFAST (Parent & Family Advocacy and Support Training) for parents, guardians, and others who support our students in public schools (including charter) on five Wednesdays April 11, 18, & 25 and May 2 & 9 2018 from 10:00AM-12:00PM

 Hosted by Durham County Cooperative Extension, the workshops help ANY parent and others better navigate our public schools to help their children succeed from Kindergarten through 12th grade. 

PFAST Flyer 


We also welcome community members and professionals who work with families and are interested in better understanding the school environment.  PFAST works well for PreK parents who are exploring their school options and want to get a jump on the transition.  The interactive workshops engage participants and are designed to target key areas of need for parents and students, including:

·         Engaging with schools—better communication, better conferences
·         Choosing a school for you—unpacking the mysteries of school choice
·         Understanding standards and testing
·         Maximizing the parent-school relationship
·         Navigating the EC—Exceptional Children’s program—IEPs and more
·         Supporting your gifted student and understanding AIG programming
·         Connecting to school data
·         And much more...

TO REGISTER
Online:  https://goo.gl/forms/34O9KFE3Xk0VCnFf2
Form:  Registration Form - Fax to 919-560-0530 or email drewalt@dconc.gov 

See the flyer and registration links above for more information.  Light snacks will be provided.  Please REGISTER by email, fax, or phone. Call Donna Rewalt at 919-560-0538 for more information.  Space is limited and we must have 10 or more participants for a series to start.

Please note this session is in English only.

Friday, March 16, 2018

PFAST NEW Day/Time--Special Daytime workshop series offered to Parents K-12



Gain key insights and tips to navigate our public schools to help your child succeed. Join us for a special 5-week daytime series (normally 6 weeks) of our popular PFAST (Parent & Family Advocacy and Support Training) for parents, guardians, and others who support our students in public schools (including charter) on five Wednesdays 29, April 11, 18, & 25 and May 2, 2018 from 10:00AM-12:00PM

 Hosted by Durham County Cooperative Extension, the workshops help ANY parent and others better navigate our public schools to help their children succeed from Kindergarten through 12th grade. 

PFAST Flyer 

We also welcome community members and professionals who work with families and are interested in better understanding the school environment.  PFAST works well for PreK parents who are exploring their school options and want to get a jump on the transition.  The interactive workshops engage participants and are designed to target key areas of need for parents and students, including:

·         Engaging with schools—better communication, better conferences
·         Choosing a school for you—unpacking the mysteries of school choice
·         Understanding standards and testing
·         Maximizing the parent-school relationship
·         Navigating the EC—Exceptional Children’s program—IEPs and more
·         Supporting your gifted student and understanding AIG programming
·         Connecting to school data
·         And much more...

TO REGISTER
Online:  https://goo.gl/forms/34O9KFE3Xk0VCnFf2
Form:  Registration Form - Fax to 919-560-0530 or email drewalt@dconc.gov 

See the flyer and registration links above for more information.  Light snacks will be provided.  Please REGISTER by email, fax, or phone. Call Donna Rewalt at 919-560-0538 for more information.  Space is limited and we must have 10 or more participants for a series to start.

Please note this session is in English only.  LatinoPFAST / LPFAST in Spanish has a current session running.  Please contact Angelina Schiavone at 919-560-7978 for more information.  

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Summer Camp Guide for Kids With Special Needs from UNC School for Social Work




AVAILABLE NOW!
Family Support Program
2018 Summer Camp Directory: A Free Resource Guide for Families with Children who have Special Needs

A resource for family members and service providers looking for day or residential summer camp experiences for children who have disabilities or special health care needs.

The directory is available online at the UNC website: http://fsp.unc.edu/summer-camp.


For information about additional services and resources in your community for families with children who have special needs, please call Access Family Support at 800.852.0042.
http://fsp.unc.edu/summer-camp 

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Exceptional Children's Assistance Center has Free Webinars in February--Parent rights, Inclusion, Resolving Disputes and more


Here are some great Webinars from one of our favorite resources, North Carolina's Exceptional Children's Assistance Center (ECAC), for families who have children with special needs.  You can sign up for their newsletter and learn more at https://www.ecac-parentcenter.org/   See what's happening in February...


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February Webinars
Please register by clicking on the assigned registration links under each webinar description. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. 

Remember to check out ECAC's Online Calendar for more events and details as they become available! 

Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Resolving Special Education Disputes
12:00 - 1:00 pm 
Leigh Mobley, Dispute Resolution Consultant with the Exceptional Children Division of NC Department of Public Instruction, will explain the various options that parents can consider when major disagreements happen during the special education process.
  
Thursday, February 8, 2018
Parents Rights in Special Education
7:00 - 8:30 pm
Students with disabilities are not the only ones who have legal rights when it comes to special education. Parents also have rights related to consent requirements, notifications, participation in decision making, and resolving disputes. Join us to learn more about what those rights are and why they are important.

  Friday, February 9, 2018 
Inclusion: Everyone Belongs
12:00 - 1:00 pm 
This webinar will cover what Inclusion is and why it matters. Learn about who should be included, the Least Restrictive Environment, Universal Design, Differentiated Instruction and how inclusion relates to the IEP. 


Thursday, February 15, 2018
Transition to Adulthood
7:00 - 8:15 pm
Be informed and prepare now to make a smooth Transition to Adulthood. 
  • Learn more about effective practices and national trends that impact families and youth as they prepare to make the transition to adulthood 
  • Plan and organize for your child's transition; 
  • Effectively participate in developing appropriate IEP goals for your child; 
  • Prepare for and set the stage for a meaningful life for your child, including supportive and customized employment;
  • Learn about the resources available to you!


Monday, February 19, 2018 
Inclusion: Everyone Belongs
7:00 - 8:00 pm
This webinar will cover what Inclusion is and why it matters. Learn about who should be included, the Least Restrictive Environment, Universal Design, Differentiated Instruction and how inclusion relates to the IEP.


Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Becoming Your Child's Best Advocate
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Join us and learn more about the steps to becoming your child's best and most effective advocate, including communicating with your child's school and IEP Team, and tips for handling any disagreements that may arise. 


Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Resolving Special Education Disputes
6:30 - 7:30 pm
Leigh Mobley, Dispute Resolution Consultant with the Exceptional Children Division of NC Department of Public Instruction, will explain the various options that parents can consider when major disagreements happen during the special education process.


Thursday, February 22, 2018
Becoming Your Child's Best Advocate
7:00 - 8:00 pm
Join us and learn more about the steps to becoming your child's best and most effective advocate, including communicating with your child's school and IEP Team, and tips for handling any disagreements that may arise.


Registration links for webinars can also be found on ECAC's Training and Event's calendar.  

You can also register by sending an email to Margaret Campbell at mcampbell@ecacmail.org 
or by calling 1-800-962-6817, ext. 317. 

Monday, January 29, 2018

City-County Joint Community Conversations--Affordable Housing, Transportation and Health Care on Tuesday, January 30 at 7pm


Come out Tuesday night, January 30, at 7:00 to talk about Affordable Housing, Transportation, and Health Care in Durham. Your voice matters and our elected officials from both the city and county will be there to listen.  Next week, Education, including public schools, and Jobs will be talked about on Tuesday, February 6.  

Take advantage of this first time ever series that includes all 3 of Durham's elected bodies--County Commissioners, City Council, and School Board.


DPS Magnet School and CTE Pathway Lottery Deadline--Friday, February 2nd at 5:00PM


Durham Public Schools' (DPS) lottery period is drawing to a close--Friday, February 2nd at 5:00PM is the deadline.  After the recent weather and school closures, DPS added two days to the application period.  You cannot apply late and you must apply online.  Go to the DPS website or straight to the DPS application site to apply for magnet schools for elementary, middle, and high school as well as CTE (Career & Technical Education) high school options. You must have an email address to apply.

Application:
https://dpsncapplication.com/apply/

The application site also has detailed information about your school options. Click on About and scroll down on the right to Browse Programs.

If you are still looking for help in making a decision, feel free to give the Parent Advocacy Program at Durham County Cooperative Extension a call.  Contact Donna Rewalt, Outreach Coordinator at 919-560-0538 or drewalt@dconc.gov.  

Here's a few lottery reminders:

1) Remember, you are always eligible to go to your base school based on the address where you live.

2) If you are confused about your base school, any priority zones, or the year-round options you can apply for, enter your address on the DPS school locator tool, http://gisweb2.durhamnc.gov/durhammaps/DPS/viewer/index.html .  Contact student assignment at 919-560-2059 with any questions.

3) First choices are assigned first in the lottery, so the order of your choices matters.  If you are interested in a popular school option, you will want to keep that in mind.  You may pick up to three choices.

4) On March 1, results will be available.  You can log back into the application site and see the results.  If you are on a waitlist, the lottery dashboard will give you your number on the waitlist.

5) Due to the recent class size reduction legislation for grades K-3 that is affecting schools across NC, there will be fewer spaces available overall for Kindergarten in this year's lottery.


Monday, January 22, 2018

DPS Hosts Town Hall Meetings with the New Superintendent, Dr. Mubenga, this week--Monday and Tuesday 1/22 & 1/23











Durham Public Schools TOWN HALL MEETINGS WITH DR. MUBENGA

Superintendent Pascal Mubenga is hosting public town hall meetings to 
share his vision of academic excellence for DPS students, presenting his 
“Four Guiding Principles.” He will ask attendees to provide input on how 
these principles can be applied to improve DPS and will use it to help create 
a new strategic plan that will guide Durham Public Schools into the future.  

Please join Dr. Mubenga this week at 7:00 p.m:


Monday, January 22   Jordan High School
6806 Garrett Rd.
Durham, NC 27707


Tuesday, January 23   Northern High School
117 Tom Wilkinson Rd.
Durham, NC 27712

No RSVP is necessary.
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Guiding Principles




Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Join City & County Officials for Community Conversations in January and February--Education to be discussed on February 6th.

Durham Sets Community Conversations with Local Elected Officials


Durham residents invited to three community meetings to share input with elected officials on public safety, affordable housing, human services, education & economic development: http://bit.ly/2CYva6k

During these discussions, residents will be able to address issues and provide feedback directly with Durham City Council Members and Durham County Board of Commissioners on topics ranging from public safety, affordable housing, human services, education, and economic development.

These community conversations will each have a different theme allowing residents to choose the issues they are most passionate about, and to make sure residents feel heard by elected officials as well as staff members from the City, County, and Durham Public Schools. Residents are invited to attend any or all of the meetings.

The meetings are set for:

* Public Safety: Saturday, January 27 at 10 a.m. at the Durham Convention Center, 301 W. Morgan St.

* Affordable Housing, Transportation, and Human Services: Tuesday, January 30 at 7 p.m. at the Durham County Human Services Complex, 400 East Main St.

* Education and Economic Development: Tuesday, February 6 at 7 p.m. at Brogden Middle School, 1001 Leon St.

Representatives from the Durham City Council and Durham County Board of Commissioners will introduce the sessions, followed by presentations from City and County budget staffs on how tax revenues support services throughout the entire community. After the presentations, attendees will go through an interactive session to provide input, generate ideas, and identify priorities in each topic area. Feedback from all sessions will be compiled, analyzed, and shared with the public on both the City and County government websites.

For more information on these upcoming community conversations, visit the City's Budget and Management Services Department webpage<http://durhamnc.gov/199/Budget-Management-Services> or call (919) 560-4111, or visit the County's Budget and Management Services Department webpage<http://www.dconc.gov/government/departments-a-e/budget-management-services> or call (919) 560-0004.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

School Choice Workshop January 9 or 10 / TALLER SOBRE OPCIONES ESCOLARES



Join Us for a School Choice Workshop January 9 or 10
Are you…
Overwhelmed by all the school options for Elementary, Middle, or High School?
Wondering if there is a “best” school for your child?
Interested in a better understanding of the DPS Magnet School lottery application process (January 8—January 31, 2018)?

The School Choice Workshop is for any parent or guardian with a child who wants to explore K-12 public school options, including charter schools. Come learn how to select a school for your child as we discuss:
·        The many school options available
·        What to consider when choosing a school for your child
·        Important information about the DPS magnet school lottery

Attend a workshop on one of the following 2018 dates*:
Tuesday, January 9           6:30-8:00PM (English) childcare available
Tuesday, January 9           6:30-8:00PM (Spanish) childcare available
Wednesday, January 10  12:00-1:30PM (English)
Wednesday, January 10  12:00-1:30PM (Spanish)

All Workshops take place at
Durham County Cooperative Extension
721 Foster Street, Durham NC 27701

*Registration requested
For more information, Contact Donna Rewalt drewalt@dconc.gov / (919) 560-0538
In Spanish, Contact Angelina Schiavone (919) 578-2818
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TALLER SOBRE OPCIONES ESCOLARES
¿Quisiera usted saber…
Sobre las opciones que existen para sus hijos en cuanto a las escuelas Primarias, Intermedias y Secundarias?
Si existe una “mejor” escuela para su hijo?
Que son las escuelas Especializadas de las Escuelas Públicas de Durham (DPS) (conocidas como escuelas “Magnet”) y como es el proceso de solicitud para estas escuelas?  (Las solicitudes serán del 8 al 31 de enero 2018)

El taller sobre opciones escolares es para cualquier padre o tutor con un niño que quiera explorar las opciones de escuelas públicas para kínder a 12º grado, incluyendo las escuelas públicas alternativas (chárter). Venga y aprenda como elegir una escuela para su hijo. En el taller hablaremos de:

·        Las diferentes escuelas disponibles
·        Que tener en cuenta al seleccionar una escuela para su hijo.
·        Información importante sobre la lotería para ingresar a las escuelas especializadas de DPS

Asista a uno de los talleres en las siguientes fechas del 2018*:
Martes 9 de enero 6:30 a 8:00PM (En inglés y en español con cuidado de niños.)
Miércoles 10 de enero   12:00 a 1:30PM (Disponible en inglés y en español)

Los talleres serán en las oficinas de:
Extensión Cooperativa del Condado de Durham
721 Foster Street

*Por favor regístrese por internet https://goo.gl/forms/L2h97s9crUS2seuE2 o llamando a Angie Schiavone al 919-578-2818.
Para información en ingles comuníquese con: Donna Rewalt drewalt@dconc.gov / (919) 560-0538.