Basic Tips Tuesdays


Would you like to learn more from some of our veteran parent mentors?

Basic Tips Tuesdays are a series of four virtual trainings where established parent mentors are sharing their knowledge and experience with our new and fairly new mentors.

Assisting Families 101

November 12, 2019,

10:00-11:00 am


Rachel Barnhart, Parent Mentor for Muskingum Valley ESC

Nichol Herold, Parent Mentor for Northwest Ohio ESC

In Assisting Families 101, we"ll talk about everything you need to know to help you assist families with their child's special education services as well as other helpful tips and tricks! This webinar will include: How we get started with a family upon initial contact; How we come up with an action plan to help them have a successful meeting with the school; How we help a family get connected with any outside services they may need.

Your Role in IEP/ETR Meetings

December 3, 2019

10:00 - 11:00 am


Heather Smith, Parent Mentor for Dublin City Schools

Dee Marks, Parent Mentor for Dublin City Schools

It's important to understand your role as a Parent Mentor in Individualized Education Program (IEP) and Evaluation Team Report (ETR) meetings. This webinar will cover all the basics, including what's appropriate, what to avoid, how to deal with difficult team members, and tips for assisting families and school personnel in their communication efforts.

Click to Register for December 3, 2019

"Your Role in IEP/ETR Meetings"

Building Relationships and Developing Partnerships

January 7, 2020

10:00 - 11:00 am


Jacqueline Howley, Parent Mentor for Madison-Champaign ESC

Establishing relationships with both school and community agencies is key to assisting families. This webinar will cover how to begin, tips for introducing yourself, setting people at ease, and how to maintain good relationships with people when conflict may arise. Time for Q&A will be include.

Click to Register for January 7, 2020

"Building Relationships and Developing Partnerships"

Advocating for YOUR Child: How does that work?

February 11, 2020

10:00 -11:00 am


Vicki Lezon, Parent Mentor for North Pointe ESC

Parent Mentors walk many fine lines. Learn from a seasoned parent mentor's 17 years of experience as she has advocated for her own child in one of the districts that she serves. From preschool to post-secondary her daughter didn't fit into a neat and tidy box. How do you work your way out of that box and.....keep your position as a parent mentor?

Click to Register for February 11, 2020

"Advocating for Your Child: How does that work?"

Please contact us with questions and comments!

Valorie Dombroskas


Sandy Brickner


Marion Executive Office