Partnering with Schools for Student Success: Effective Parent Advocacy

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The Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario, in partnership with the LD Mental Health Program of the Child Development Institute, is presenting an online workshop for parents and those who are helping parents navigate the school system. The course is called Partnering with Schools for Student Success, and promotes a collaborative approach to advocacy, based on knowledge and understanding on both sides.

The seven units explore perspectives of parents and schools, promote an understanding of the needs of students and of special education and behaviour management processes in schools, and teach strategies for successful negotiation. Scenarios will be used to help illustrate the ideas presented.

The online course is offered in two options:

  • Professionals, and others who are working with parents, will do assignments at the end of each unit, and submit a final case study, in order to receive a Certificate of Completion.
  • Parents can choose to take the course for their own information, without submitting assignments or receiving a Certificate of Completion, for a reduced fee.

All participants will have access to the same content and a Comments & Questions section where they can ask questions and share ideas.

The course will be moderated by Mahsima Nosrati-Inanlou and Kailey Seider, with backup from Diane Wagner, Public Policy & Education Consultant at LDAO. Mahsima and Kailey are Child and Family Clinicians in Community Education and Engagement with the LD Mental Health Program of the Child Development Institute. They provide training and promote collaboration between schools, students, parents and other helping professionals around children’s mental health and learning.

The seven units will be made available one week at a time over seven weeks. They can be accessed at any time convenient to the participant.


Professional option with assignments & Certificate of Completion: $350 ($300 LDAO member rate)

Parent option without assignments or certificate: $250 ($200 LDAO member rate)

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To read an outline of the topics covered in each  unit, please select this link