Ideas that Work, office of special programs U.S. Department of Education

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OCECD Statewide Multicultural Conference - "English Language Learners: Referral or Not" - Cuyahoga County - April 30-May 1
 Sponsored by Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities & Cleveland Metropolitan School District

April 30th      9:00 - 3:30 PM       K-12 Version       Lunch is on Your Own! Click Here to Register for April 30th 
May 1st         9:00 - 12:00 PM     Preschool Version Click Here to Register for May 1st
Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Office of Professional Development
1340 East 79th Street, Cleveland, OH 44103
Contact hours certificates will be available following the completion of the conference and will be sent to the email you provide approximately 6-8 weeks following the conference.  Questions? Contact Connie Hudson  or if no computer access call 937-842-2150 
Last Week to Set Those Bookmarks to the New IDEA Website!

In one week, the outdated Building the Legacy: IDEA 2004 (Legacy) website will automatically redirect users to the new Individuals with Disabilities Education Act website (new IDEA website).  So, set those bookmarks to today!

While the Legacy site will redirect users to the new IDEA website on April 30, content from the Legacy site is available for reference on the new IDEA website’s "Building the Legacy: IDEA 2004" historical reference page.  

Mental Health First Aid - Free Community Training - Champaign County - May 9 & 10: Logan County - May 30
What is Mental Health First Aid?It is similar to CPR/First Aid, only instead of teaching us how to respond to a medical emergency, it teaches us how to respond when someone is showing the signs and symptoms of mental illness!   Mental Illness effects 1 out of 5 of us… Do you know what it looks like in your friends and neighbors? Would you know how to respond if you become that “one person” being asked to help?    This training will ENGAGE you, INSPIRE you and EXPAND your understanding of mental illness!  

Two-Day Training:  Wed, May 9, 2018: 8:00am to 12:00pm (sign-in 7:30am)
Thurs, May 10, 2018: 8:00am to 12:00pm (sign-in 7:30am)  
Champaign County Community Center, 1512 South US HWY 68, Urbana
Cost: FREE    Register By: Wed, May 2, 2018  (includes: a 200+ page comprehensive manual, all materials, and a 3 year certification)  

One-Day Training  Wed, May 30, 2018: 8:00am to 5:00pm (sign-in 7:30am)  
Mary Rutan Crossroads Business Center, 21 Hunter Place, Bellefontaine (lunch provided)  
Cost: FREE    Register By: Wed, May 23, 2018  (includes: a 200+ page comprehensive manual, all materials, and a 3 year certification)  

Register and Questions:      937-465-1045     Andrea Lane    See flyer for more registration form! to mail, or email
Sponsored by: The Mental Health, Drug & Alcohol Services Board for Logan & Champaign Counties, Save A Life-Suicide Prevention Coalition and Consolidated Care-Your Path to Recovery And Wellness
If You Shop Kroger, Use Their Community Rewards Program and Help OCECD Serve Kids!
To use the Kroger Community Rewards Program:
Register online at
Be sure to have your Kroger Plus card handy if you have one and register your card with our organization after you sign in.  OCECD number is 83788 in the Kroger Rewards Program. Click on "Read More" for instructions.
OCECD Publications to Download Free
OCECD's informational publications are free.  Click on "Read More" to download them in English or Spanish.  The publication list, fact sheet and training descriptions can also be downloaded.  If you need information on other topics call OCECD's Executive Office at 740-382-5452 or 844-382-5452. 
Download One Page Tip Sheets on IEP, ESY, Evaluation, Transition, Communication and More
 Click on "Read More" to be able to Read and Download One Page Informational Sheets on Individual Education Program, Extended School Year, Progress Reports, Evaluation/Evaluation Team Report, Independent Educational Evaluation, School Work, Informed Parental Consent, Postsecondary Transition, Related Services, and Communication. 
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