Parents of children with disabilities (Pre-K to grade 5) are invited to participate in a four-session workshop, entitled “Parents Engaging in Early Childhood Education.” The workshop is designed to nurture and develop engaged parents, helping them to positively support their child’s academic success, with an emphasis on increasing literacy skills. Participants will learn:
- How to be a team member in their child’s individual education program (IEP);
- Creative ways to make learning fun and engaging for their child; and
- Ways to support their child’s early literacy development.
Parents are encouraged to attend all four sessions to receive the most benefit from the workshop. Sessions are scheduled for Monday, Sept. 11, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Wednesday, Oct. 4, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Monday, Oct. 23, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; and Tuesday, Nov. 7, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The sessions will be presented by Gwinnett County Parent Mentors Dawn Albanese and Jackie McNair in collaboration with GCPS educators and community members. Parent Mentors are parents who work within GCPS' special education department, providing information and support to other families who have children served in special education. The mentors have first-hand knowledge of raising a child with special needs, as they each have a child who has been served or is being served in GCPS.
Space is limited for the workshop, so please respond no later than Sept. 5. To RSVP, contact Ms. Albanese by phone at (678) 301-7212 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information regarding the Georgia Parent Mentor Partnership, go to www.parentmentors.org.