New Educational Advocacy Guidelines and Training

On Monday, April 29, 2013, Second Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program Volunteer Trainer Christine Gornik provided information to staff and volunteer guardians ad litem about new statewide guidelines on educational advocacy, designed to provide advanced and action level tools and information.

The information provided is the most current, updated since the implementation of the statewide guidelines and changes in Florida Department of Education policies. Even if you are not considering an educational advocacy certification, the materials are a good resource to familiarize you on the changes.

The new guidelines include a three-step process for current staff and volunteer guardians ad litem, detailed below. The curriculum was first presented during Volunteer Training P in April 2013 and will continue to be provided at future pre-service training sessions.

Step 1 — Review Presentation and Documents
These materials will provide staff and volunteers with a basic understanding on how to work within the school system to advocate for school stability, needed educational services and the participation of the child in school activities, helping lead to a feeling of normalcy and well-being.

Step 2 — Become an Educational Surrogate
If you already an educational surrogate, this step is complete for you. Otherwise, the next training to become an educational surrogate is scheduled for Tuesday, May 14 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM and Wednesday, May 29, 2013 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System (FDLRS). Participants may earn two (2) hours of continuing education credit.

Step 3 — Complete the Advanced Educational Advocacy Certification Program
The next Educational Advocacy Certification Program training is scheduled for Tuesday, May 14 and Tuesday, May 21, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Leon County Court Annex. Participants may earn four (4) hours of continuing education credit for attending both sessions.

Please contact Christine Gornik at or (850) 606-1228 with any questions.

2014-09-06: updated to reflect new Educational Advocacy Document Library

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