Educational Advocacy Certification Program

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 6–8 PM and
Tuesday, May 21, 2013, 6–8 PM

The Second Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program is hosting an upcoming training for those staff and volunteer guardians ad litem currently progressing through the three-step process to learn more advanced educational advocacy topics.

Those ready for the third step can join us on Tuesday, May 14 and Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at our offices on Thomasville Road to take part in the Educational Advocacy Certification Program.

Presented by Jane Vollertsen (GAL, Education Advocate, VTL, Peer Mentor) and Howard Marx (GAL, Education Advocate), the two-day program will provide expanded training in the following.

  • Individual Education Plans (IEP) and what they mean
  • Exceptional Student Education (ESE), 504 eligibility requirements and the 504 plans
  • Response to intervention: what is it and what role can you play?
  • Testing requirements: national (ACT, PSAT, SAT), state (FCAT) and local (BAT)
  • How to access services mandated by the interagency agreement (e.g., transportation)
  • Graduation requirements
  • Student promotion and retention policies
  • School district policies for absences
  • Interpreting school report cards
  • Free and reduced lunch eligibility
  • Local policy on bullying prevention
  • Accessible services for LGBT students in middle and high school

The training is free. Participants may receive four (4) hours of continuing education credit. Remember, you can report your hours online quickly and easily. Download the official flyer and register with the event contact below.

We hope to see you there!

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First Published May 11, 2013