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Introducing our New Executive Director!

Hi, my name is Jodi Webb and I just wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself to our community partners, and to the families that we serve.

I have worked in the early childhood educational field for 20 plus years, in many different forms, the most recent as an Early Childhood Specialist with Child Care Aware of ND. I bring with me the knowledge and experience of offering technical assistance, coaching, and training to adults through different initiatives and positions through the years. I am a very passionate person who strives to help families and others who work with children, and I am highly involved in committees and boards in hope to help the community thrive.

I am looking forward to this upcoming adventure as the Executive Director of Pathfinder Services of ND, and in the exploration of my new role within the State.

Jodi will join Pathfinder Services of ND starting May 7.
News from ND Department of Public Instruction
Accessibility: Requirements Under Section 504 and Title II

The U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction, and The North Dakota School Boards Association present this webinar as part of the Section 504/Title II Webinar Series: Protecting the Civil Rights of Students with Disabilities

Invitees: All North Dakota Section 504 Coordinators, school district and building administrators, school counselors, complaint managers, superintendents, school board members, special education directors and coordinators, case managers, and teachers. PowerPoint slides will be available to participants in advance of each webinar. 

For more information, contact Melissa Olson at or call 701-328-2277.

Please pre-register by clicking here: Registration Link

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Library Spotlight
Stuttering: Straight Talk for Teens
DVD (30 minutes)

Narrated by a high school student who stutters, this DVD features many teens who talk about their stuttering and what works for them. It is an excellent resource for teens and adults, their families, teachers, and more.
Pathfinder Services of ND - Experienced Parent Program
Experienced Parent

Have you heard about our Experienced Parent Program? 
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Getting Them Off to a Good Start
Early Childhood Education From Birth to Age 7
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North Dakota Early Hearing Detection EHDI and Intervention Program

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month, so this month we would like to feature the North Dakota Early Hearing Detection EHDI and Intervention Program (ND EHDI). 

ND EHDI is North Dakota's Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program (EHDI) working to provide hearing screenings to all newborns in the state before hospital discharge and to refer those identified with a hearing loss to appropriate early intervention services. The program is funded through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC). EHDI programs exist in every state to varying capacities. 

Visit the ND EHDI site to learn more about the program and find resources to help you understand your child's hearing loss.

Or you can visit them on Facebook:

Raising Elementary Students
IEP Meeting
10 Defusing Phrases to Use at IEP Meetings

Emotions can run high at IEP meetings. But it's important to focus on the end goal: helping your child. Here are 10 stay-calm phrases you can use to redirect conversation and defuse tense situations.

Life With Teens
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Youth in Action! Becoming a Stronger Self-Advocate

Speaking directly to young adults with disabilities, this resource defines self-advocacy, describes why it's important, and suggests 4 steps to becoming a stronger self-advocacy. Youth-friendly, brief, to the point, this resource is a product of the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth).

Read it here:

Multicultural Spotlight
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Ensuring English Learner Students Can Participate Meaningfully and Equally in Educational Programs

English learner (EL) students constitute nine percent of all public school students and are enrolled in nearly three out of every four public schools. Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI) and the Equal Educational Opportunities Act of 1974 (EEOA), public schools must ensure that EL students can participate meaningfully and equally in educational programs. The U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) have issued joint guidance to remind state education agencies (SEAs), public school districts, and public schools of their legal obligation to ensure that EL students can participate meaningfully and equally in educational programs.

This fact sheet covers topics such as Identifying and Assessing All Potential EL Students, Evaluating EL Students for Special Education and Providing Dual Services, Providing Language Assistance to EL Students, Providing Meaningful Access to All Curricular and Extracurricular Programs, and more.

It is also available in the following translations: 
Training Opportunities & Upcoming Events

The Heart of the IEP Meeting: Connection and Communication (PEAK Webinar)
May 2
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
FreeMore Info
Study Skills 3: Managing Focus and Attention (CTD Webinar)
May 3
11:30 am to 12:30 pm
FreeMore Info
32nd NDACP Conference - Creating Inclusive Communities
May 2-4Delta Marriott Hotels Fargo
1635 42nd St SW
Fargo, ND
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Mental Health and Transition-age Youth: Preparing for the Future (PACER Webinar)
May 7
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
FreeMore Info
NDDPI Webinar: Accessibility: Requirements Under Section 504 and Title II
May 9
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm
FreeMore Info
Workshop - Development of Social Emotional Skills of Children with Hearing Loss
May 10
6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
MSU - Memorial Hall
Room 108
Minot, ND
FreeMore Info
Assistive Technology: What it is and How to Use it (CTD Webinar)
May 16
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
FreeMore Info
Community Leadership Academy (CLA) Session 1
May 17
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Minot Public Library, South Room
825 E. Beaton Drive
Minot, ND
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Bloom - Supporting Mothers of Children with Special Needs
March 18
7:00 pm to 9:30 pm
The Grand Hotel
1505 N Broadway
Minot, ND
--More Info
Community Leadership Academy (CLA) Session 2
May 24
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Minot Public Library, South Room
825 E. Beaton Drive
Minot, ND
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Community Leadership Academy (CLA) Session 3
May 31
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Minot Public Library, South Room
825 E. Beaton Drive
Minot, ND
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All listed times are in Central Time.
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