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SPEAKS Education will provide a united
union where students, parents, and
educators along with community/professional and consumers will support and provide Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) to children. FAPE allows all Special Education students (ages 0-26 in MI) to fulfill their education goals and be successful in doing so in the community. It is our goal to advocate for special needs children through teaching the educational rights and laws. SPEAKS Education provides trainings and
information and referrals to students,
parents, educators and community agencies. SPEAKS Education wishes to build a positive, working atmosphere and relationship for the best interest of the
student. SPEAKS also provides parent
mentors that are trained to work one on
one with the families so they can be educated to advocate for their own child. 

Please visit this webpage to view upcoming webinars to learn about homeless children, how you can help, the different laws pertaining to children who are homeless and their educational rights. If you have any questions you can call us or contact NCHE directly.NCHE Webinar Links

Thursday, January 24, 2013
Evidence-based Anti-Bullying Programs: What We Can Learn from Finland
A conversation between Christina Salmivalli and Gil Noam

11:30am- 1pm Eastern, 10:30am - 12pm Central, 9:30am - 11am Mountain, 8:30am - 10am Pacific

New Directions for Youth Development recently published an issue entitled "Evidence-Based Bullying Prevention Programs for Children and Youth" with leading researchers, clinicians, and educators showcasing effective interventions against bullying. The issue was edited by Drs. Dagmar Strohmeier and Gil G. Noam.
We are happy to invite you to a discussion with one of the authors, Professor Christina Salmivalli from the University of Turku in Finland. Dr. Salmivalli is one of the foremost experts in anti-bullying programs in schools. Her intervention, which highlights the importance of the bystanders, is used in the entire country of Finland and has shown to be very effective. Her methods are very rigorous (including randomized trials), and her experience training school staff is extensive. We can learn a great deal from her work and experiences in the United States. Given her leadership role in the field of bullying and bullying prevention, we decided to organize this webinar around her work and her contribution to New Directions for Youth Development.
In this 90-minute webinar Dr. Salmivalli and Dr. Gil Noam will conduct a dialogue about the topic and will invite webinar participants to ask questions and provide comments. Please join us for this important topic, especially at a time when all but one of the states in the U. S. have passed anti-bullying legislation and require a new way of thinking about the protection of children and adolescents in school and out-of-school time.
Christina Salmivalli is a professor of psychology at the University of Turku and director of the KiVa antibullying program
Registration is free but necessary, so register today by clicking here<Register here!!! >. Our webinars fill up quickly, so please register right away. Also, please be sure to attend the webinar if you register. Though the webinar is free, if you sign up but do not attend the webinar, and fail to cancel your reservation within 24 hours, we must charge a $10 service fee to cover the costs associated with registration.

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October 4th, 2012 Menominee County ISD


October 10th, 2012 EUPISD


October 11, 2012 Menominee ISD



October 15th 2012 Marquette MARESA

October 16th 2012- Dickinson- Iron ISD


September 26th and September 27th 2012-Escanaba


 May 18th, 21,29,31,and June 5th 2012-Newberry

Be SAFE program at Tahquahmenon Area Schools. Open to students ages 11-14. This program teaches bullying prevention in 10 sessions, having 2 sessions each day. They will last about an hour, are student lead, and there will be parents and professionals there to help guide the students. If you have any questions or concerns please call us!



May 3rd and 4th 2012- St Ignace

Autism Society of Michigan is coming north and offering 2-day focus group trainings. For more information please click on the link-

 May 3rd 2012-Evening

SPEAKS Education will be presenting the topic of Transitions at JKL Bahweting School in Sault Ste Marie. This training is free, and open to everyone who works with or a parent of a child with special needs. To register please email Diane Hill at