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Byline: The Register-Guard

Special needs children's IEPs to be discussed

The Oregon Parent Training and Information Center will hold a free information session Saturday called "What Every Caregiver Needs to Know about the IEP."

The session, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Department of Human Services Child Welfare office, 1899 Willamette St., is for the parents, caregivers and teachers of children with special needs who already are on or may be on Individual Education Programs.

The training will cover evaluation/eligibility, the IEP process, goals, IEP components, modifications and accommodations, special factors, Least Restrictive Environment, placements and highlights of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement.

To register, contact Leah Skipworth at (888) 505-2673, Ext. 214, or lskipworth@orpti.org.

Architects to present

wetlands center plan

Rowell Brokaw Architects will hold a public meeting and presentation on the Wetlands Education Center Master Plan on Saturday from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the future site, 751 S. Danebo Ave.

The Education Center Planning Team and the architects hope to gather input and finalize the plan this fall. For more information, visit www.we wetlands.org.

Evening story time

for children Tuesday

Children can visit the Springfield Public Library in their jammies Tuesday for a special evening story time from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Public library recruiting

Teen Team participants

Teens may apply now for the Eugene Public Library Teen Team, an opportunity to volunteer at the downtown library Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. for eight weeks, beginning Sept. 27.

The team will help staff members prepare books and other items for checkout, prepare craft projects for children's programs, clean and organize books, put up displays and more. For information or an application, visit the Teen Desk or call 682-8316.

Web site offers graduation requirement updates

The state Department of Education has launched a Web site, Get Ready Oregon, to help parents, students and schools keep tabs on Oregon's changing graduation requirements.

The site, www.getready oregon.org, is designed as a resource, primarily for parents, to provide details on the changes to the graduation requirements; background on the State Board's decision process; tips on what parents, students and community members can do to prepare; links to a wide variety of resources; frequently asked questions; and an opportunity for people to ask questions.

The site is part of a statewide public awareness campaign that also will include newspaper, TV and radio ads reminding parents that "Whatever our children dream of becoming, they need to be ready." Funding came from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

For information, e-mail Get ReadyOregon@ode.state.or.us.

Student representative sought for state board

The State Board of Education is seeking nominations for a student representative. The board has decided to extend a one-year pilot program to bring in a student in an advisory role.

Nominees must be enrolled in a secondary public school through the academic year 2007-08; be a junior or senior; maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA and be responsible to make up schoolwork missed while attending scheduled meetings; be committed to attend monthly board meetings (Thursday and Friday) and special functions; be willing to participate in policy discussions in an appropriate and professional manner; demonstrate a basic understanding and be knowledgeable about education issues; be willing to prepare for meetings ahead of time; demonstrate leadership and diplomatic qualities in a group setting; demonstrate a commitment to community involvement; and have access to a computer to receive materials.

Nominations may be made by a principal or superintendent. To apply, download an application packet at www.ode .state.or.us/superintendent/yat/. Application letters must be postmarked by Thursday.

For information, call Diane Roth at (503) 947-5791.

'Masculine, feminine'

topic of Waldorf speech

Eugene Schwartz, an educator, consultant, mentor, lecturer and author, will give a lecture, "Masculine and Feminine Forces in the Waldorf School," on Friday at 7 p.m. at the Eugene Waldorf School, 1350 McLean Blvd.

He'll discuss differences and similarities between boys and girls; how the needs of both can be met to encourage a balance between the masculine and feminine; the place for healthy, active boys in our culture and classrooms; and much more.

Schwartz is an educator of Waldorf teachers in New York and has served as a consultant throughout the United States and abroad. To learn more, visit his Web site at www.millennial child.com.

Donations are welcome. For information, call 683-6951.

Registration open for young writers workshops

Registration has begun for the Young Writers Association fall creative writing workshops.

Classes for elementary through high school students begin the second week of October; some scholarships are available. For information, visit www.ywalane.org or e-mail ywalouisa@aol.com.

Choices for Children

dinner, auction Friday

First Baptist Church of Springfield will host its Choices for Children dinner and auction Friday at the Valley River Inn, beginning with a silent auction with more than $10,000 worth of items at 5:30 p.m. Funds raised will support The Place, a free after-school club, and other activities for children and youth.

Tickets are $65, which includes dinner and entertainment by the Stock Brothers.

For information or tickets, or to donate or sponsor a table, call 746-6031.

Mount Pisgah elementary tour slots available

The Mount Pisgah Arboretum still has slots available for its Fall Discovery Tours for elementary classes. Dates remaining are Sept. 26; Oct. 1, 3, 8, 9, 15, 23, 30 and 31; or Nov. 1. For information, call 747-1504.

Group guitar classes set for teachers, assistants

Guitars in the Classroom, a nonprofit company aiming to boost music activities in the classroom, will offer free six-week group guitar lessons for public school teachers and classroom assistants starting this week.

Beginning classes will be at Meadow View School, 1855 Legacy St., beginning Thursday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.; and Shasta Middle School, 4656 Barger Drive, beginning Sept. 25 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

A class for advanced beginners starts Wednesday at Awbrey Park Elementary School, 158 Spring Creek Drive, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

A limited number of free guitar accessories and loaner guitars will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information or to register, contact Bruce Cameron at 688-2218 or peace presby@hotmail.com.

Library event to teach

children about art

Teacher Kim Jarvis will show students examples from great artists to teach real art techniques Thursday at the Springfield Public Library from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The class, Create an Abstract Painting, is for children in grades 1 through 5.

For more information or to register, visit the Youth Services Desk or call 726-2287.
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