The Clewiston News

Special Education Parent-Teacher Conference is April 29

CLEWISTON — An Education Conference for parents and teachers of Special Education students in Hendry and Glades counties will be offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at Harlem Academy, 944 Harlem Academy Avenue in Clewiston.

The initiative is a full-day event for families and professionals to learn more about Special Education, best practices for Positive Behavior Supports, promoting collaboration between teachers and students, and more.

The day will include guest speakers, parent-teacher conferences and lunch. There is no fee to attend but reservations are preferred by calling Barbara Ramos, a High School High Tech counselor for Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, at 239-281-2261.

In addition to Goodwill, the festival is sponsored by the Parent Education Network and Harlem Academy Daycare.

Keynote speakers will be Eliana Tardio and Joe La Belle, who will speak bilingually on the topic: “Your Child’s Success is Up to You.” Tardio, PEN program director, is the parent of two children with Down syndrome and one of the most influential Latina social media activists in the country. La Belle, who was diagnosed with ADHD and learning disabilities at an early age, graduated with a Bachelor degree in Criminology and currently is a PEN assistant director.

Ramos will also give an opening presentation about Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida’s mission and her role in the community.

Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that serves Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. Its mission is to help people with disabilities and disadvantages by offering life-changing opportunities to achieve independence. For more information about Goodwill, please visit or call 239-995-2106.

The Parent Education Network offers free help and information to families of students with disabilities and the professionals who serve them. PEN, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), is the Parent Training Information (PTI) center for the ten most southern counties of Florida, (Lee, Collier, Hendry, Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Martin, Charlotte, and Glades).