Competence and Confidence Partners in Policymaking (C2P2): Family Leadership for Inclusive Education in Non-Traditional Schools
Training Event Schedule
October 2013: Inclusion - Supporting ALL Abilities of Students Learning Together with GUESTS Diane Perry, Karen Salomon, and Natalie Wieters of the Pennsylvania Education for All Coalition.
Watch the archived video and access presentation documents.
May 2013: Creating a Vision for Your Child's Future with GUEST SPEAKER Tim Gruesel, Director, Quality Enhancement Support Team, Sinking Springs, PA. Participants learned how to turn your hopes and dreams for your children into a blueprint for their future.
Watch the archived video and download the PowerPoint.
What Is C2P2 Family Leadership in Inclusive Education for Non-Traditional Schools?
C2P2 Family Leadership in Inclusive Education for Non-Traditional Schools is designed for families of students who are home schooled, educated in cyber charter schools, charter schools, private schools or parochial schools to offer leadership development training, guidance and technical assistance to help achieve true inclusion for children. The goal is to create a network of family leaders who will work together with educators and administrators to champion inclusive practices for children with disabilities in the Non-Traditional school community.
An increasing number of families in Pennsylvania are choosing to enroll their children with developmental disabilities in alternative educational options available throughout the Commonwealth including, home schools, private schools, parochial schools, charter schools and cyber charter schools.
To ensure that these children are afforded a quality education in the least restrictive environment (LRE) in non-traditional educational settings, families must be well versed in the educational standards and best practices of inclusive education. As the number of children with developmental disabilities educated in non-traditional settings continues to grow in Pennsylvania, there is an unmet critical need for families to be supported in achieving an inclusive education for students, and to provide mutual support within their school communities.
In C2P2 Family Leadership in Inclusive Education for Non-Traditional Schools, the Institute will work in collaboration with Pennsylvania's Education for All Coalition (PEAC) and other stakeholders to develop a training curriculum on best practices and establish a network of support and assistance for families.
This program will begin with the development of training modules to be delivered to family members in the southeast portion of Pennsylvania, beginning in September 2013. At the same time, PEAC parent consultant collaborators will be providing parent consulting to select family members in that region.
A unique aspect of this program is that much of the training and support will be delivered to family members using non-traditional methods. For example, a training event may be conducted via video conference, or a PEAC collaborator may use an application like Skype to provide a consultation. The program might also use webinars and variety of social media, for the development and implementation of a virtual Community of Practice, an essential element to the program.
In addition, each year, a face to face training event will be scheduled to bring the participating families together to further develop and strengthen their leadership, networking and team building capacities and to, ultimately, enhance systemic changes in the provision of inclusive education practices.
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Funded by Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council