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Upcoming Events: Learning Opportunities

paper calendar with a pencil sitting on itFULL YEAR: 2023-2024 Calendar of Virtual Statewide Learning Opportunities

Our goal is to increase the involvement of families in their children’s education. To do this, Michigan Alliance for Families offers  learning opportunities across the state. Most of our events are virtual at this time.  Webinar caption translation available in Spanish, Arabic, and other languages.

For in-person events, the city is noted next to the date and the address is listed on the flyer. Click on the event’s date to view the PDF flyer for complete details. All times are EST.

February 2024

Offered in partnership with Disability Network Southwest Michigan, Paving the Way to Self Determination is a series of workshops for families and their children with developmental disabilities (ages birth-12) to develop skills that lead to self-determined lives. Register with DNSWM.  Topics include: 

  • February 13 Building Resilience
  • February 15 Preparing Your Child for Employment (LONG Before Employment!)
  • February 20 Instilling Disability Pride in Your Child

February 1-29 Apply for Leaders in Policy Advocacy class of 2024. LIPA is a leadership development program for adults with developmental disabilities and parents of minor children with developmental disabilities. More info at https://tinyurl.com/MAFLIPA. Applications accepted Feb 1-29 at https://tinyurl.com/2024LIPAapp 

February 20 Rethinking Discipline with Amy Wilhelm from 12:00pm-1:00pm. Register at https://tinyurl.com/25h62nj7 

February 21 Tools for Supported Decision-Making with Mary Shehan and Kaiden Tolbert from 6:30pm-8:00pm. Register at https://tinyurl.com/mpw78m3v 

February 22 Special Education State Complaints with Michelle Driscoll from 6:30pm-7:30pm. Register at https://tinyurl.com/49r44xpw 

February 23 Collaborating on Transition with Karen Wang from 12:00pm-1:30pm. Register at https://tinyurl.com/yn237s6n 

February 28 Disability is Not a Bad Word with Stephanie Nicholls from 6:30pm-7:30pm. Register at https://tinyurl.com/zwjwvhje 

February 29 Due Process Complaint with Michelle Driscoll from 6:30pm-7:30pm. Register at https://tinyurl.com/56f5bzcy 

March 2024

March 4 Transition: Employment Expectations with Karen Wang from 9:30am-11:00am. Register at https://tinyurl.com/yesukd5c 

March 5 Mental Health is Essential! And Key to Success at School with Terri Henrizi. For the 12:00pm-1:30pm webinar, register at https://tinyurl.com/yu82eeuj. For the 6:30pm-8:00pm webinar, register at https://tinyurl.com/4j2pmv37 

March 8 Moving On from Early On ® with Stephanie Nicholls from 12:00pm-1:00pm. Register at https://tinyurl.com/44hzraze 

March 12 Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support Overview with Stephanie Nicholls from 12:00pm-1:30pm. Register at https://tinyurl.com/csa5jt87 

March 13 Brighton Understanding IEPs with Kelsey Biswanger at Arc Livingston at 7:00pm. Register by March 6.

March 14 The Power of Notice with Michelle Driscoll from 6:30pm-7:30pm. Register at  https://tinyurl.com/bdk32wcc 

March 19 Exploring Behavior Supports with Stacie Rulison from 12:00pm-1:30pm. Register at https://tinyurl.com/hjntdzp7 

March 19 IEP: A Closer Look with Andrea Beachnau from 1:00pm-2:30pm. Register at https://tinyurl.com/hu3j96rv 

March 21 Collaborative Communication in Special Education with Beth Kohler from 12:00pm-1:00pm. Register at https://tinyurl.com/dh92te2k 

April 2024

April 12 Inclusion: FAPE in the LRE with Stephanie Nicholls from 12:00pm-1:30pm. Register at http://tinyurl.com/bd55xkyt

April 16 Assistive Technology: More than Checking a Box with Sara Pericolosi from 6:30pm-7:30pm. Register at http://tinyurl.com/bdzz3wt4

April 19 and 26 Behavior is Communication with Sally Burton-Hoyle from 1:00pm-2:30pm. Register at https://tinyurl.com/39vrhapc

April 23 How to Have Collaborative Assistive Technology Conversations with Sara Pericolosi from 6:30-7:30pm. Register at http://tinyurl.com/yjsbkchb

April 25 Self-Determination in the IEP with Karen Wang & Stephanie Nicholls from 12:00pm-1:30pm. Register at http://tinyurl.com/yeyuc7zh

April 29 IEP: A Closer Look with Andrea Beachnau from 12:00pm-1:30pm. Register at http://tinyurl.com/mry8yykz

May 2024

May 1 Transition: What You Need to Know with Karen Wang from 9:30am-11:00am. Register at http://tinyurl.com/d99kkupy

May 8 Building Parent Leadership in Early Childhood with Stephanie Nicholls and Victoria Martinez. A 4-week series for parents with young children. Wednesdays from 10:00am-11:00am. Register at http://tinyurl.com/BuildingParent

May 16 Promoting Literacy Success with Noel Kelty from 12:00pm-1:00pm. Register at http://tinyurl.com/52yuzvac

May 22 Transition: Beyond IDEA with Karen Wang. For the 12:00pm-1:30pm webinar, register at http://tinyurl.com/yfnh8zub For the 6:30pm-8:00pm webinar, register at http://tinyurl.com/yfy4nndx

May 30 Building Blocks of Self-Advocacy with Karen Wang from 6:30pm-7:30pm. Register at  http://tinyurl.com/bpp9tebt

May 31 IEP: A Closer Look with Stephanie Nicholls from 9:30am-11:00am. Register at http://tinyurl.com/2vhwjkr6

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