Programs for Educators and Families

The center offers workshops, webinars, and support groups for educators and families. Many of our events are designed to be informative for all educators and families, while others will target the specific needs of a smaller group. Our first series of topics have been selected based on data from our needs assessment surveys of over 400 educators and over 400 parents/guardians in the MetroWest region. If you have a request for a topic that you would like the center to address, please contact us at


November is Epilepsy Awareness Month! Please click here to register for two upcoming events:

Free Webinar: Children with Epilepsy and Seizures in the Classroom

Presenter: Susan Linn, the CEO of Epilepsy Foundation New England

There are 17,000 young people living with epilepsy in MA, with seizure types that range from “staring spells” to convulsions. This presentation will cover epilepsy basics and help participants recognize seizures, understand the impact of epilepsy on students, and help participants respond to seizures with timely and appropriate care.

Tuesday, November 10th, 12:30-1:30 PM (Held over Zoom)


Free Panel Presentation: What’s It Like Having Epilepsy?

The panelists will talk about how their experiences with epilepsy impact them on a day to day basis. They will talk about the challenges they faced, and how they manage them. They are willing to answer any of your questions regarding the epilepsy condition. There are 3.4 million people that live in the world with active epilepsy. Come hear about what it is like to have epilepsy and how you can help those with this condition.

Tuesday, November 17th, 2:30-3:30 PM (Held over Zoom)



2019-2020 Lecture/Webinar Series

Supporting Twice-Exceptional Learners at School and at Home

Presenter: Dr. MaryGrace Stewart, President of the Massachusetts Association for Gifted Education (MAGE)

Date: Wednesday, April 29th, 2020, 10:30-11:30 AM

Location: Online via Blackboard Collaborate 

Archived Webinar Video


Moving from a reactive to a proactive approach in education: The importance of screening, early identification, and preventive strategies for dyslexia and other reading disabilities

Presenter: Dr. Nadine Gaab, Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, & Harvard Graduate School of Education

Date: Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020, 12:30-1:30 PM

Location: McCarthy Center Forum and Online via Blackboard Collaborate 

Archived Webinar Video

Preparing Teachers to Implement Culturally Responsive Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

Presenter: Dr. James Cressey, Associate Professor of Education, Framingham State University

Date: Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Location: Alumni Room and Online via Blackboard Collaborate 

Archived Webinar Video:

Family Support Groups

Coming Soon

The center is developing a model for family support groups for parents/guardians in the MetroWest region. Stay tuned for more information about dates, times, location, and how to register for these events.