Our luncheon and professional development took the temperature of Least Restrictive Environment affecting our districts. Now let's talk about how to combat the struggles.
This event is open to: CST Members, Directors of Special Services, Superintendents, and Professional Organizations (SPAN, DCF, DCPP, Perform Care etc.)
Any parents interested in professional development from SPAN please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Free In person luncheon at Benway School: Mar 3, 2023 from 11:00 to 1:00
Free Virtual Follow Up Round Table: Mar 31, 2023 from 12:00-1:00
We will be recognizing a number of national and local award winners, enjoying a lunch, and listening to Peg discuss our most pressing issues with Least Restrictive Environment and how to address discipline concerns respectfully with our students on Mar 3, 2023. Afterwards there will be a follow up round table discussion with Peg on Mar 31, 2023. Our CST members are invited to attend either event or both!
Margaret Kinsell is the Public Policy Director for the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network, New Jersey’s Parent Training and Information Center. Kinsell previously served as SPAN’s Southern Training Coordinator, providing parent and professional workshops and helping to develop SPAN Community Resource Centers staffed by trained parent volunteer SPAN Resource Parents. She worked for NJ’s Protection and Advocacy agency and a community-based Organization as a parent advocate prior to working for SPAN. Kinsell has also served as a Hearing Officer for NJ’s Early Intervention System. She was a founding member of the BEAM (Becoming Educated and Motivated) parent support group in Burlington County and was responsible for the establishment of SPAN’s Community Resource Center on Fort Dix. She has significant expertise in training, technical assistance, systems change, laws and regulations across multiple agencies, and supporting parent and youth self advocacy. She is nationally recognized as an advocate for inclusion and against the use of aversives, restraints and seclusion for children with developmental and other disabilities, and recently met with the White House Disability and Education Policy Advisors on this issue. She is a member of the NJ Council on Developmental Disabilities and chairs their subcommittee on children and youth. Ms. Kinsell was also recently appointed to the Governor's Task Force on Public School Staff Shortages.