Clarkston PAC

(Special Education Parent Advisory Committee)

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DECEMBER NEWSLETTER

Holiday Greetings to our Clarkston PAC Families, Friends, and Staff. We are privileged to serve you and our students.


  • The first section of our newsletter is focused on our friends, neighbors, and colleagues here in Northern Oakland County - especially the Oxford Community. Our hearts are heavy and we stand united with you throughout the aftermath and healing process.


  • Clarkston PAC is seeking parent representatives for the following buildings: Independence Elementary, North Sashabaw Elementary, Andersonville Elementary, Clarkston Elementary, Sashabaw Middle School, and Clarkston Jr High School. Interested? E-mail us at mailto:clarkstonpac@gmail.com


  • Michigan Interagency Transition Team (MITT) has extended the Parent Survey to December 10th. Link available in that section. If you have a student aged 14-26 receiving Special Education services, this is a survey for you!


  • MI Alliance for Families workshops calendar has events scheduled through May 2022.



EVEN IF A SECTION LOOKS FAMILIAR, TAKE TIME TO READ ALL OPTIONS - NEW SESSIONS, RESOURCES, AND INFORMATION ARE ADDED EACH MONTH!


Find the GINGERBREAD - then you have read everything!

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COPING WITH THE TRAGEDY IN OXFORD

Talking to Students about Violence

Resource from the National Association of School Psychologists.

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Oakland Cares QuickLinks

Oakland County Hosts Free Mental Health Counseling & Resource Events Throughout County In Aftermath Of Oxford High School Shooting. (SEE DESCRIPTION BELOW)

Oakland County and its community partners will offer free mental health and other assistance throughout the county to individuals impacted by the tragic Oxford High School shooting last week. The Oakland Cares Mental Health Counseling & Resource Events will offer on-site counseling, pastoral guidance, and other resources Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week.

“We will deploy every resource at our disposal to give this community what it needs to heal. But make no mistake, there are no students, faculty and staff who were left unscathed in this tragedy,” said Oakland County Executive David Coulter. “There were more than 1,700 students at Oxford High School who were forced to flee the violence and that is a trauma that isn’t easily erased for students, their families and the larger community.”

​Protecting Your Mental Health During the Holidays

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention - From Thanksgiving to New Year’s: Protecting Your Mental Health During the Holidays (22 Nov 2021 — 4 min read By Doreen Marshall, Ph.D., AFSP Vice President of Mission Engagement)

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STEM Information from MI Rehabilitation Services (MRS)

MRS is pleased to announce that the 2021-2022 STEM program is a GO!


There will be 2 locations.

* DNOM Troy office (not Troy Schools)
* Lake Orion HS.

Customers can contact their MRS Counselors (VR/PTA) or by contacting the MRS office front desk.


CHECK OUT THE FLYER BELOW!

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ONLINE WORKSHOPS

Virtual Workshops from MI Alliance for Families


December 2021


December 14 Counting the Days: Understanding Disciplinary Removals of Students with Disabilities with Special Education Mediation Services 12:00-1:00pm. Register at https://tinyurl.com/7843xk

December 16 The Manifestation Determination Review: Navigating the Process with Special Education Mediation Services 12:00-1:00pm. Register at https://tinyurl.com/4354wn


January 2022


January 10 What is Inclusive Education with Carolyn O’Hearn from Alt+Shift 7:00-8:00pm. Register at https://tinyurl.com/4h3ppkzc

January 13 Due Process with Michelle Driscoll 11:00am-12:00pm. Register at https://tinyurl.com/2p94vje3


February 2022


February 1, 8, 15, 22 and March 1 IEP Course, for parents of students with an IEP, 7:00-8:30pm. Registration opens January 3.

February 24 and March 3, 10, 17 Building Parent Leadership Skills in Early Childhood, for parents of children birth-5 who receive/received Early On® services 7:00-8:00pm. Register at https://tinyurl.com/229arffv


March 2022


March 10 Inclusive Education in the IEP Using Assistive Technology with Carolyn O’Hearn from Alt+Shift 12:00-1:00pm. Register at https://tinyurl.com/2p9b9ufx



May 2022


May 11 Inclusive Society: Using Assistive Technology Beyond the School Day with Carolyn O’Hearn from Alt+ Shift 7:00-8:00pm. Register at https://tinyurl.com/5txza8ua


Sign up for our e-newsletter to receive event updates. We do have a large selection of previously recorded presentations available for viewing at www.michiganallianceforfamilies.org/webinar

Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism

CLICK HERE to register for event on photo below!

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Clarkston PAC - Supporting & Collaborating with Students and Families with IEPs

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TRANSITION TO ADULTHOOD

TRANSITION FROM SCHOOL TO ADULTHOOD WEBINAR

NEW: Transition Video A new recording is available on the Michigan Alliance for Families YouTube channel. Find more Transition resources on our website https://www.michiganallianceforfamilies.org/transition/

THE ARC OF OAKLAND COUNTY - 2 WEBINARS AVAILABLE!

Click the button above to access: "Planning a More Secure Future" and "MI ABLE: Save Without Losing Benefits". Webinars are ideal for those planning a future for a student who may be a disabled adult and/or attending the post-high program.

Building Your Best Life - YouTube

This powerful and forward thinking 10 minute video encourages supported decision making.

Intelligent Lives Documentary

Michigan's own Micah Fialka-Feldman is one of the young adults featured in the documentary "Intelligent Lives". Now available for free streaming with English or Spanish captions on WORLD Channel https://worldchannel.org/episode/arf-intelligent-lives/

STANDARD MONTHLY REMINDERS

Each section has new additions as well as the standard "go-to" buttons that are helpful to have at your fingertips every month.


Quick link to Student Support Services Page on CCS Website:

https://www.clarkston.k12.mi.us/departments/student-support-services


Quick link to the public Google Drive from Oakland Schools, Students with Disabilities:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1bYDH58wAasv6r1hljHtJ8BCuOdjWD5k3?usp=gmail


If you need further support or guidance beyond what is offered in this newsletter and links, please contact us anytime at mailto:clarkstonpac@gmail.com

VIRTUAL LEARNING & TECH SUPPORT RESOURCES

Tech Toolbox Ideas from Oakland Schools


Peer 2 Peer Resources:

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0?ui=2&ik=4a97180c48&attid=0.1.2&permmsgid=msg-f:1694321349822208898&th=1783704a6f835b82&view=att&disp=inline


More tech tools and resources from Oakland Schools can be found in the all-access public Google Drive for Students with Disabilities: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1bYDH58wAasv6r1hljHtJ8BCuOdjWD5k3?usp=gmail

Assistive Tech Tools - CCS

Great resources for each area of need. These resources may include: Google Extensions, Google Apps, Apple iPad/Android Apps, or websites.

Social-Emotional Learning Hub

This is a resource from our Clarkston Community Schools secondary level social workers.

WUNDER by Understood.org

The first community app for parents of children who learn and think differently. Wunder is the only place where parents can safely connect while being supported by a team of leading experts — all for free. (CLICK BUTTON for more information)

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Special Ed Mediation Services December Newsletter

When should you call us? Is there a complex issue? Are relationships strained? Do you need help focusing on student issues? Is there a disagreement? We support all special education meetings. Call us early, call us often! We're here to help!

GENERAL HELPFUL LINKS AND RESOURCES

Project Connect Helpline: 888-847-3209

"Project Connect is a telehealth line that is free and available anytime for people with disabilities, their families, caregivers and other members of their support teams across the nation."

Students with Disabilities - Public Google Drive

This is a public Google drive managed by Oakland Schools ISD. Click the button above to view folders on the following topics: government memos, transition, speech & language, school social work, school psychology, community programs, and MORE!

MI Dept of Educ - Office of Special Education

Information Line: 1-888-320-8384 or e-mail: mde-ose@michigan.gov

Oakland Schools ISD Plan (Updated from 2009 Version)

"It is with pleasure to share the updated Oakland Schools ISD Plan for the Delivery of Special Education Programs and Services (OS ISD Plan). Modifications to the OS ISD Plan have been approved by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE)."

Disability Rights Michigan

"Disability Rights MI (DRM) is the federally mandated protection and advocacy system for Michigan."

Take N.O.T.E. from Understood.org

"Figuring out what’s going on can feel overwhelming. That’s why we’re here to help. Introducing a simple step-by-step tool to help you figure out if the struggles you’re seeing might be signs of a learning and thinking difference."

Parent Engagement in School Conferences

This PACER Center Tip Sheet provides great guidance and information on how families and caregivers can prepare for and be more engaged in school conferences.

WEBINARS AND PODCASTS

Oakland Schools Podcast: "Educationally Speaking"

"Educationally Speaking is an Oakland Schools Intermediate School District broadcast which focuses on important topics related to education in Oakland County, MI."

Thrive with Your Family Web Series - Michigan Medicine

"Our nationally recognized panel held candid conversations about parenting, child behavior, mental health and relationships during the ever-changing environment of the global pandemic." CLICK BUTTON ABOVE

Michigan Alliance for Families YouTube Channel

"We have an archive of recorded webinars available for when you need access to learn, understand, and manage topics related to special education. Our webinars (like all of our learning opportunities) are free for parents, caregivers, and educators."

Understood.org YouTube Channel

"Shaping the world for difference.™ We’re dedicated to shaping a world where millions of people who learn and think differently can thrive at home, at school, and at work."

Understood.org "In It" podcast

"In It: A Podcast on Raising Kids Who Learn and Think Differently"

UNITED STATES OFFICE OF SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES

CLARKSTON PAC IS ON FACEBOOK

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Click to view our Facebook page and/or e-mail us! We want you to be a member of our community of parents! Share our posts with your FB friends and other FB groups - help us help other families with useful resources and upcoming events.

Oakland Special Education Parent Resource Network Group in Facebook

Click below for additional resources from your Oakland Schools PAC Executive Board

Action Calendar: Do Good December 2021

"This month, we're encouraging you to carry out small acts of kindness. This has been another difficult year of uncertainty and ups and downs for many of us. Kindness is contagious, and helping others has been proven to make us feel better too! Let's try to focus on being generous with our time and attention rather than money - it's free and better for everyone, as well as our planet!"


For more keys to happier living, head over to the http://www.actionforhappiness.org/ website. Look below the calendar to download their PDF guide "Ten Keys to Happier Living".

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