Special Education

Training of the Parent Member of the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) or Committee on Special Education (CSE)

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The New York State Education Department (NYSED), P-12 Education, Office of Special Education is pleased to announce a professional development workshop for the additional parent of the member of the CPSE or CSE.

The purpose of this training is to provide the background and tools necessary to be an effective parent member of the CPSE/
CSE, and to assist in building an effective relationship between the parent member and other members of the Committee.

Overview of Training

The Training of the parent member of the CPSE/CSE has been developed to ensure that all members of the CPSE/ CSE function effectively in their role. It is designed to assist all parent members of the CPSE/CSE in building their base of knowledge about the Committee process and to fulfill their role on the Committee as defined by New York State regulations. The target audience is current or soon-to-be parent members of the CPSE/CSE. NYSED recommends that, if possible, the Chairperson of the CPSE/CSE with whom the parent member will work attend as well. In addition, parents interested in becoming additional parent members of the CPSE/CSE are welcome to attend.

Training Goals

The training goals include:

  • A greater understanding of the role and requirements of the additional parent member and the special education process; and
  • Techniques and strategies to support the parent and fulfill the additional parent member role in a meeting.

Participating in the Training

The workshop, Training of the Parent Member of the CPSE/CSE, will be provided through a joint initiative of the New York State funded Special Education Parent Centers and the Regional Special Education Training Specialists who are part of the Regional Special Education Technical Assistance Support Centers (RSE-TASC). Please contact the Parent Center in your area for dates, locations, and times.

New York State Special Education Parent Centers

Long Island: 516-589-4562
Bronx: 212-677-4650 ext. 23
Manhattan: 212-677-4650 ext. 14
Staten Island: 718-494-4872
Queens: 718-302-4313
Brooklyn: 718-998-3000
Hudson Valley: 914-493-5718
Capital District: 518-640-3368
North Country: 315-785-8703
Mid-State: 315-443-3851
Southern Tier: 607-432-0001
Mid-West: 585-546-1700
West: 716-332-4170

If you require reasonable accommodations to participate in this training, please inform the Regional Training Specialist in your area.

Summary of Training

This training is designed to build the skills of the additional parent member that will allow him/her to function effectively as a participating member of the CPSE/CSE.
Districts are strongly encouraged to send the Chairperson of the
CPSE/CSE with the additional parent member to this training so
that effective partnerships can be fostered.

For more information, please contact Sophie McDermott

Office of Special Education
89 Washington Avenue
Room 309
Albany, NY 12234
Phone: 518-486-7462 Fax: 518-402-3583
E-mail: sophie.mcdermott@nysed.gov


Last Updated: February 14, 2017