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PEP Conference Update

on January 31, 2016

Hello!

I hope everything was ok while I was gone. I must say, the PEP Conference was INCREDIBLE! That word hardly does it justice. I got so many resources I want to share with all of you, and learned so many beautiful stories from parents of children with special needs.

I wholeheartedly recommend that every one of you attend this conference! It is free, including lodging and food, and hosted 3 times a year. This is a great way to really deeply learn about your rights as a parent, as well has how the special education system in this sate works. PEP stands for “Parents Encouraging Parents,” and so much encouragement happens there! Parents are connected, stories are shared, and the emotional support and energy shared experience is palpable. Only a few professionals are able to attend, the vast majority of participants are parents. I would take every one of your children for the weekend if I could so you all could attend. Check it out, let me know if you have questions, get on the waitlist if you can:)  https://www.cde.state.co.us/cdesped/pep

Here are some things I’m doing as first steps after this conference in order to share resources with you from my end:

  1. I grabbed a lot of the printed material and will send packets of resources home with every student.
  2. I updated my “resources” page on this website to include a few new resources and to be more organized by resource type. I will still be updating over the next several days, so make sure to check back. Also, feedback and ideas welcomed!
  3. I will be adding an “IEP” page to this site with some resources and guidelines to support you in the process, and hopefully help outline how it goes. I’ll let you know when I get this up!

Thank you for all you do, always! I feel so grateful to have been able to be part of this conference and to be surrounded by incredible parents always. You do so much for your children. I will never be able to tell you how much your kids mean to me, and how important you are for being with them for their whole journey, and sharing part of this journey with me.  My awe and respect for you and your job only grew at this conference.

Never hesitate to come to me with any question, idea or confusion regarding your child’s education. Tell all of them hi for me. I missed them so much those two days and can not wait to see everyone this week!

-Ms Wales

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