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  4. NPN and Dr. Dave Drelicharz recorded a 30 minute Zoom discussion on delivery protocol, pediatric visits and telemedicine practice during the pandemic. Dr. Dave also fielded questions from the audience, specific to COVID-19, school and children as well as a bit on the current climate with the pending vaccination rollout. Please note the video starts 2 minutes into the segment as there was a glitch in recording in the beginning. Dr. Dave Drelicharz joined Town & Country Pediatrics in 2010. He graduated from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in 2007 and completed his residency in pediatrics at Lutheran General Hospital, 2007-2010. Lurie Children's Primary Care - Town and Country: Pediatric primary care practice with over 45 years of service and innovation. Providing personalized, family-centered care seven days a week at three neighborhood locations. Services include check-ups, sick visits, sports physicals, vaccinations and pre-operative visits.
  5. NPN Meredith M

    Preschool Philosophies

    Thinking about preschool for your toddler and don't know where to start? Watch this informative discussion about the different prevailing preschool philosophies - featuring expert panelists from preschools across the city who will provide advice to parents about choosing the best type of program for your child and your family. Topics for discussion include: * Montessori, Waldorf, Reggio Emilia and other philosophies * How to decide if these philosophies or others are a good fit for your child * How preschool works during the pandemic Participating schools: Bennett Day School British International School of Chicago, South Loop Cardinal Bernardin Montessori Academy Mary Meyer School Urban Prairie Waldorf School Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor British International School of Chicago, South Loop Loose Video Breakdown is as follows: Intro: Opening remarks 7 min mark: Introduction to the different schools 12 min mark: Philosophy Questions 22 min mark: How Does Preschool Work During the Pandemic 36 min mark: Preschool Classroom Activities 46 min mark: Preschool Behavior Expectations 58 min mark: Preschool School / Family Connections 1:10 min mark: Other factors in finding a "good fit" preschool 1:20 min mark: The application process 1:28 min mark: Separation Anxiety 1:43 min mark: Audience Q&A
  6. NPN Meredith M

    High School Admissions 101

    Are you starting to look into high schools for your middle school-aged (5th-7th grade) child? Is your child still in elementary school but you want to plan ahead for the next step in your school search journey? Or maybe you have an 8th grader full-swing into the application process, but you still have questions? Wherever you are in the high school search process, this live webinar is for you! Join NPN as we partner with Grace Lee Sawin of Chicago School GPS for a seminar aimed at parents seeking school search guidance beyond elementary school! This session covers these topics and questions: * An overview of Chicago's public and private high school admissions process * How do I choose a good school fit for my child? * What are the criteria for the various public and private high school programs? * Tips on navigating Virtual Open Houses during the pandemic * What should I know about the GoCPS application process? *Please note this presentation starts around the 5:30 mark as there were a couple of audience members with audio issues in the first few minutes. Grace Lee Sawin, Chicago School GPS: Not being a native of Chicago, Grace Lee Sawin had no idea how daunting it would be to find a great school fit for her girls. She quickly discovered how confounding the process was. After years of research and a few different schools for her daughters, she founded Chicago School GPS to help other families successfully navigate the ever-changing Chicago school landscape, from preschool to high school.
  7. Overwhelmed by school options in the city? There's no denying that Chicago parents have many choices (and questions!) when it comes to private preschools & elementary schools. How do you know which school will be the right fit for your child? How will you fit in as a parent? How can you put your best foot forward during the application process? What do you want to know about financial aid but are afraid to ask? How do you find a "right-fit" school during a pandemic? Join us for an intimate panel discussion with admissions directors from some of the city's most sought-after private schools. We'll talk about different educational environments, how to find the best fit for your child and family, managing the application process, financial aid, school during a pandemic, and much more. Schools represented on the panel include: Bennett Day School Daystar Academy Latin School of Chicago Near North Montessori University of Chicago Laboratory School Thank you to our presenting sponsor, Bennett Day School
  8. NPN Meredith M

    CPS 201

    Going beyond the basic information given at our popular CPS 101 seminars, this CPS 201 will cover CPS Selective Enrollment Elementary Schools (SEES). If you are just beginning your research on Chicago Public Schools, we recommend viewing the CPS 101 webinar available on our NPN Video Library. Please note: This event covers elementary school programs beginning at kindergarten and first grade in great depth. We will also touch on Academic Centers (7th and 8th grades). CPS preschool, magnet, and neighborhood/open enrollment options will NOT be covered in this discussion. This video will answer these questions and more: What is the difference between a classical and gifted school? What does the testing process involve? What can my child do to prepare? How do admissions work? How do I know if these programs are right for my child? Grace Lee Sawin, Chicago School GPS: Not being a native of Chicago, Grace Lee Sawin had no idea how daunting it would be to find a great school fit for her girls. She quickly discovered how confounding the process was. After years of research and a few different schools for her daughters, she founded Chicago School GPS to help other families successfully navigate the ever-changing Chicago school landscape, from preschool to high school.
  9. Presenters Pamela Epley, PhD, and Jena Valdez, MS, Adjunct Professor, both of the Erikson Institute, offer practical guidance and strategies you can use to support social interactions, learning and development for young children with developmental differences during Covid-19. They will also cover the roles and responsibilities of the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs in supporting students with IEPs during remote and hybrid learning. SPEAKERS Pamela Epley, PhD is an Associate Clinical Professor and Director of Special Education at Erikson. Dr. Epley has more than 25 years of experience in early intervention and early childhood special education. Jena Valdez is a special education teacher with a passion for teaching diverse students in a developmentally appropriate manner. She currently works as an adjunct professor at Erikson Institute teaching current and future educators working towards their Special Education endorsement. In this webinar, parents will learn practical guidance and strategies to use to support social interactions, learning and development for young children with developmental differences during Covid-19. This will also cover the roles and responsibilities of the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs in supporting students with IEPs during remote and hybrid learning.
  10. NPN Meredith M

    IEP 101

    Whether you are just starting to consider an IEP for your child or your child has had one for a few years, it is important to understand the terms, organize your documents and know how to advocate for your child. NPN has teamed up with autism expert and special education advocate Mo Buti to educate parents on the ins and outs of the IEP process. Mo Buti is an advocate and instructional expert for people with all disabilities. With over 30 years of experience, Mo is a practiced professional in the field of special education, providing services and support to those with disabilities and their families. She assists parents with every stage of the IEP process, ensuring that students receive a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment (LRE). Mo consults with families to determine specific educational solutions, services and programs, as well as appropriate placements, to meet student’s individual needs to capitalize on their strengths. She works to further the individual’s educational, social-emotional and vocational goals to help realize maximum potential.
  11. NPN Meredith M

    Preschool Primer - School Fair 2020

    This session is for anyone who wants to learn when to start the preschool search, what to look for in a preschool, the various types of preschools available, how to determine "school fit" for a 2-year-old, when you should think about making a change, the difference between public and private preK, Chicago's universal preK initiative, and how to best prepare your child for preschool. When discussing preschool programs, this session will focus mainly on private preschool options and touch only briefly on public options. This webinar was recorded on 9-14-2020 for the NPN School Fair; all information is current through then. The webinar is available to NPN members only. Not a member? Learn about the many member benefits and join now. . Grace Lee Sawin, Chicago School GPS: Not being a native of Chicago, Grace Lee Sawin had no idea how daunting it would be to find a great school fit for her girls. She quickly discovered how confounding the process was. After years of research and a few different schools for her daughters, she founded Chicago School GPS to help other families successfully navigate the ever-changing Chicago school landscape, from preschool to high school.
  12. NPN Meredith M

    CPS 101 - School Fair 2020

    NPN's popular CPS 101 presentation is for any NPN parent searching for information about Chicago Public Schools. Presenter Grace Lee Sawin of Chicago School GPS breaks down the facts in an easy-to-understand format. This webinar was recorded on 9-14-2020 for the NPN School Fair; all information is current through then. The webinar is available to NPN members only. Not a member? Learn about the many member benefits and join now. Grace Lee Sawin, Chicago School GPS: Not being a native of Chicago, Grace Lee Sawin had no idea how daunting it would be to find a great school fit for her girls. She quickly discovered how confounding the process was. After years of research and a few different schools for her daughters, she founded Chicago School GPS to help other families successfully navigate the ever-changing Chicago school landscape, from preschool to high school.
  13. NPN Meredith M

    How To Talk Race With Your Kids

    Join Damon Sumner in discussing how to have conversations about race with our children. With his trademark wit and humor, Sumner breaks down why the time is now for these conversations, how we can educate ourselves to be the informed parents our children need, and discuss practical ways to help raise our children to be young men and women who love all and desire justice for all. For nearly a decade, Damon Sumner has had the privilege to speak to thousands of people around the world. He delivers talks for parents that engage, empower and encourage them to be THE parent their family needs. He’s a jack-of-all trades: an award-winning comedian, speaker, educator, consultant, writer and Little Debbie apologist. Damon takes pride in stepping in front of people and delivering talks that aren’t filled with fluff, but rather with humor and relatable stories on various topics that parents deal with every single day.
  14. NPN Meredith M

    CPS Preschools Decoded

    Learn the differences between CPS Magnet Preschools, Tuition Based Preschools and Chicago Early Learning preschools. Get insight on finding the right preschool setting for your little one. This hour long webinar session will cover the various types of programs available, factors to consider, application processes, and how to time your search to find the best preschool option to meet your family’s needs. Grace Lee Sawin, Chicago Schools GPS: Not being a native of Chicago, Grace Lee Sawin had no idea how daunting it would be to find a great school fit for her girls. She quickly discovered how confounding the process was. After years of research and a few different schools for her daughters, she founded Chicago School GPS to help other families successfully navigate the ever-changing Chicago school landscape, from preschool to high school.
  15. NPN Meredith M

    CPS Offers Received and What That Means

    Chicago Parents should have received their CPS offers Friday, May 8th, this webinar presented by Grace Lee Sawin with Chicago School GPS, addresses how to read them and parent next steps. This webinar is for parents of students entering Chicago Public Schools in grades Kindergarten through 8th grade. Parents might receive multiple offers, one offer, no offers, and wait list numbers for their child. This webinar also addresses how to understand the notifications that you have received and how to handle multiple offers and wait lists. Because of the current pandemic, parents are unable to tour schools or meet face to face with principals and current school families, typical strategies that parents use to get a "feel" of a school and make a decision. While the impact of COVID-19 is still playing out, alternative ways to get a sense of a school before making a decision are discussed. * Please note that there is a pause and interruption at the 24 minute through the 33 minute mark. The slide show is presented without issue after the 33 minute mark. The Parent Q&A begins at the 1 hour 14 minute mark. Many questions were asked up until the 1 hour 38 minute mark. This parent webinar is similar to the webinar titled: CPS Offers and What to Expect Parent Q&A. However it was taped after parents received their CPS Notifications and the Q&A is geared toward: What Now? Tiers are also discussed in more detail as well as what the next round means. Grace Lee Sawin, Chicago Schools GPS: Not being a native of Chicago, Grace Lee Sawin had no idea how daunting it would be to find a great school fit for her girls. She quickly discovered how confounding the process was. After years of research and a few different schools for her daughters, she founded Chicago School GPS to help other families successfully navigate the ever-changing Chicago school landscape, from preschool to high school.
  16. NPN Meredith M

    CPS Offers and What to Expect Parent Q&A

    Member-only videos This webinar is for parents of students entering Chicago Public Schools in grades Kindergarten through 8th grade, and parents who are curious about the selection process in CPS. Chicago Public Schools elementary school notifications come out on Friday, May 8th. Parents might receive multiple offers, one offer, no offers, and wait list numbers for their child. Join us for a chat about how to understand the notifications that you receive and how to handle multiple offers and wait lists. This video was recorded live on 4/27/20. Grace Lee Sawin, Chicago Schools GPS: Not being a native of Chicago, Grace Lee Sawin had no idea how daunting it would be to find a great school fit for her girls. She quickly discovered how confounding the process was. After years of research and a few different schools for her daughters, she founded Chicago School GPS to help other families successfully navigate the ever-changing Chicago school landscape, from preschool to high school.
  17. The businesses below are exhibiting at NPN's Developmental Differences Resource Fair on March 29, 2020. To learn more and to register, visit npnparents.org/ddrf. Company Name All Bright Therapies The Answer Inc. Autism Awareness & Support Agency The Arc of IL, Programs of The Arc of IL Autism Assessment, Research, Treatment, and Services (AARTS) Center at Rush Autism Home Support Services Autism Speaks Bel Air Jiu-Jitsu BGF Children's Therapy Blue Bird Day Brighthouse Diagnostics and Treatment Center Camp Firefly Chicago Autism Network Chicago Autism Project Chicago Public Library Chicago Public Schools Starnet Region V Chicago Chicago School GPS Child & Family Connections ChiME - Chicago Center for Music Education City Elementary City of Chicago - Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities Communication Clubhouse, Inc. CST Academy Dynamic Lynks Early Intervention Research Group at Northwestern University EB Pediatric Resources EDGE of Orion Eyas Landing IFC COUNSELING Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN) Chicago LEEP Forward Inc Lindamood-Bell Matt Cohen & Associates LLC Metropolitan Schoolhouse Neurowellness North Shore Pediatric Therapy Oak Hill Brands One In A Hundred Summer Camp Orange Pediatric Therapy PlayWorks Prep Summer Camp Robin's Key Speech, Language, and Learning, PLLC Rogers Behavioral Health Roots Family Chiropractic Smart Love Family Services Steinberg Behavior Solutions Stock School Total Spectrum UIC Center for Literacy-Resource Center for Autism and Developmental Delays Wize Choice Creations
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