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Agenda May 31

Agenda May 31

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8:45-9:30 am Welcome and Introductions: Exploring Symbolism and Meaning
Room: Kachina Ballroom
 Facilitated by Alvino Sandoval and Ronalda Warito-Tome from EPICS, New  Mexico’s CPRC, and Johnny Wilson from Parents Reaching Out, New Mexico’s  Parent Training and Information Center, with a welcome from Barb Buswell, Director, Region 5 Parent Technical Assistance Center, PEAK Parent Center,Colorado
7:00 - 8:00 am Breakfast
Room: Served Outside the Kachina Ballroom
7:30 am - 5:15 pm Technology Lab Open
Room: El Tovar
7:30 - 8:30 am Early Bird Sessions (2)1.
Language Access Plans
Room: Kachina Ballroom
 Facilitated by Beth Schaffner, Technical Assistance Specialist, Region 5  Parent Technical Assistance Center, Colorado
Under federal law, Parent Centers must take reasonable steps to ensurethat people with limited language proficiency have meaningful andequitable access to the programs, services, and information that ParentCenters provide.Session Takeaways:
Learn how your Parent Center can assess its language accesscapacity
Develop an action plan to improve your Parent Center’s services tofamilies with limited English proficiency
Strengthen your ability to deliver the outreach goals of your PTI orCPRC project.
Directors’ Meeting
Room: Boardroom
8:30 - 8:45 am Break
General Conference Begins
Thursday, May 31, 2012
10:15 am - 12:15 pm Breakout Sessions (1 of 2)1.
Current Cases and Themes in Region 5 States Related to the Bureauof Indian Education (BIE) Schools and Compliance with IDEA andThe Role of the P&A
Room: Boardroom
Therese Yanan, Co-Director of Program Services, Native American Disability Law Center Inc., New Mexico
 Join Therese and discuss issues related to the implementation of theIndividuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in schools operatedor funded by the Bureau of Education. Specific focus will be on thosestates within Region 5.Session Takeaway: Participants will gain an understanding of the BIE'sresponsibilities under the IDEA & how the IDEA is implemented in BIEschools.
9:30 - 10:00 am Opening Keynote Panel: Roles of Protection and Advocacy Centers(P&As): The Importance of Collaboration Between P&As and ParentCenters and Recent P&A and Parent Center Initiatives from OSEP andHHS
Room: Kachina Ballroom
 Facilitated by:
 Barbara Buswell, Director, Region 5 Parent Technical Assistance Center, PEAK Parent Center, Colorado
Connie Hawkins, Director, Region 2 Parent Technical Assistance Center, ECAC, North Carolina, and 
Therese Yanan, Co-Director of Program Services, Native American Disability Law Center, Inc., New Mexico
10:00 - 10:15 am Break
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Pssst…have you heard about the new Chromebookby Google? Well, it’s pretty awesome! And guess what? If everyone from your ParentCenter completes their online evaluation by nolater than
Noon MDT on Friday, June 8
, then yourcenter could win a brand new Chromebook! The2
Prize for 100% evaluation completion will be ahandy Flip Video Camera!
*Please note that the purpose of this offer is to build Centers’ capacity, and is thus only available to participants from Region5 Parent Centers. BUT, we still want everyone’s feedback so please complete your online evaluation! 
10:15 am - 12:15 pm Breakout Sessions (2 of 2)2.
Complexity of Communication for Parent Centers: Part One:Creating Space for Change
Room: Kachina Ballroom
 Emma Van der Klift, Co-Director, Trainer and Mediator, The BroadreachCentre, British Columbia, Canada
Faced with resistance or refusal during negotiations for critical supportsand services, many who are committed to advocacy find ourselvesfeeling discouraged and powerless. Despite sincere efforts to workcollaboratively, we wonder why we are repeatedly "hitting the wall"and worry that perhaps we have been naive in our approach. This isparticularly true when power dynamics do not seem balanced. Manycurrent strategies offered by conflict resolution trainers are primarily"interest-based." However, not all conflicts seem equally amenable tothis approach. In addition, we are recognizing that some of the difficultconflicts we face may never be "resolved" once and for all, but rathermust be managed in an ongoing way.Drawing on the fields of conflict management, hostage negotiation,mediation, narrative therapy, and identity theory, participants in thissession will learn how “identity,” “social narratives,” and powerdifferentials play a significant role in defining and shaping the conflicts we have with others. Participants will also be offered ideas to expandtheir repertoire of responses to opposition and resistance so that theycan side-step or effectively confront the power struggles which so oftenderail conversations. Participants will learn ways of negotiatingcontentious issues so that they are better able maintain respectfulrelationships and foster constructive dialogue without compromisingtheir own views.Session Takeaways: Participants will learn…
Ways of de-escalating adversarial conversations
Ways of understanding, recognizing and working to equalize powerin unbalanced conflicts
Ways of “winning yourself a hearing”
The importance of recognizing the role that identity issues andpervasive social narratives play in difficult negotiations
12:15 1:00 pm Lunch
Room: Served Outside the Kachina Ballroom
1:00 - 1:15 pm Introducing CADRE’s New Parent Resource Showcase!
Room: Kachina Ballroom
 Marshall Peter, Director, CADRE, Oregon
1:15 - 1:30 pm Break
Thursday, May 31, 2012

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