SPAN Resource Parent Training
Become an SRP and volunteer your time to help families!
The SPAN Resource Parent (SRP) Program is an intensive training program designed to educate volunteers to help parents of children with disabilities and special health needs to understand their rights and responsibilities under federal and state laws.
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Make A Difference — Become A SPAN Resource Parent
“It takes each of us to make a difference for all of us.” —Jackie Mutcheson, Teacher
During SRP training, participants learn about education and civil rights laws and regulations, as well as the special education process and strategies for working with the school team to ensure appropriate educational programs and related services for children and youth. Attendees, both parents and professionals, are provided with extensive training and ongoing support to help them understand the dynamics of the systems that serve children with disabilities and special health care needs.
The SRP course is provided via a combination of Google classroom asynchronous learning activities combined with weekly synchronous virtual classes.
Individuals who complete the entire training series receive a compilation of useful local, state, and national resources and will then be prepared to share information with families around issues or concerns they may have about their child’s education and development.
Free to Volunteers
The 8 week SRP course is provided free of charge with a commitment to volunteer hours. Participants who do not pay must provide 30 volunteer hours to SPAN during the year following completion of the course. Volunteer opportunities are provided on a regular basis, and participants can choose the opportunities that work for them. While the SRP course is being delivered virtually, volunteer activities may include: assisting with virtual training and conferences sessions; reviewing and providing feedback on informational materials and other virtual activities. If a parent or professional is not able to or does not wish to volunteer, they can still attend the training for a fee of $350.
If a participant misses one of the training dates, they can make it up at a future training course. SRP Courses are offered three times per year in English and once per year in Spanish
8-WEEK PROGRAM INCLUDES:
Session 1 – Laws and Regulations
Session 2 – Parent Rights in Special Education
Session 3 – Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, Intervention and Referral Systems and Special Education Evaluation
Session 4 – IEPs: Challenging Goals and High Expectations in the LRE
Session 5 – Positive Behavior Supports and School Discipline
Session 6 – Transition to Adulthood
Session 7 – Health Advocacy
Session 8 – Systems Advocacy and Leadership
Dates for upcoming SRP Sessions
Contact Jeannine Brinkley, Director of Family and Professional Development.
Follow SPAN on Eventbrite to be notified when registration is open for each session.