For forty years, the Parent Information Center (PIC) has been working to support and achieve positive outcomes for children and youth, with a focus on those with disabilities and special healthcare needs. This is achieved through its partnerships with organizations, professionals, educators, youth, and of course families.
PIC recognizes the need to build the capacity of parents to become more effective partners with professionals within the various systems that support children’s educational development to improve services and outcomes for their children.
That’s why PIC now offers the Parent Partnership Series. This no-cost series is designed specifically for family members of children and youth with special health care needs and/or disabilities to build their knowledge and skills to work collaboratively in partnership within the educational and health and human services systems. Through facilitated and open discussion each of the six sessions provides opportunities to explore new skills, build strategies for communicating and partnering with the goal of identifying and connecting with opportunities to partner with educational and healthcare systems.
The training reflects the research-based practices around supporting family engagement and building strong family-school partnerships. Participants are taught the principles of effective leadership and develop an action plan for how they can increase family-school partnerships in special education in their school, district, or community.
How does this affect you?... Parents who have completed PIC’s Partnership Series have gone on to:
* Create and update a resource section of a school website
* Co-facilitate partnership groups
* Work with their schools to develop more effective communication strategies
* Became members of state level advisory councilsHelp us today to expand the Parent Partnership Series. The positive end results may just increase family engagement and collaboration in your city or town!
PIC's Parent Leadership Training is based on the nationally recognized curriculum Parents Serving on Groups.