IEP Clinic Workshop

IEP Clinic
A Workshop for Parents and Educators
When: May 28th, 2015
Where: Amherst Regional High School, Room 13
Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm
Free workshop and open to all in the public.
An IEP for My Child: Every child with a disability who receives special education services must have an Individualized Education Program (IEP). This workshop takes parents and educators step-by-step through IEP development, including how to articulate a vision, using evaluations to write measurable goals, and measuring their child’s progress.

STARS to Special Education Students

Recognition for Excellence in Supporting Special Education
Call for Nominations

Upcoming Meetings

PAARS SEPAC MEETING DATES 2014-2015(updated 4/24/15)
Date &Time Location Meeting Type
5/6/15 6:00pm ARMS, Library Co-Teaching Workshop

5/20/15 5:30pm-6:30pm ARMS, Professional Developent Room General &Elections

5/28/156:00pm-9:00pm ARHS, Room 13 IEP Clinic Workshop

JUNE TBD
Let us know!! Book Club

ALL OF OUR METINGS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

Executive Board Meeting March 6, 2015

Special Education Parent Advisory Council Meeting (SEPAC)
Representing: Pelham Elementary, Amherst Elementary, and Amherst Regional Schools (PAARS) as well as students out of district.

Date: 3/06/2015, Friday
Location: Amherst Regional Middle School, Professional Development Room
Time: 9:00 am- 10:00am
Meeting is open to all in the community!
Executive Board Meeting Agenda:
1. Introductions
2. Math Update regarding HS
3. Co-teaching- workshop review flyer, staff training, measurable data points
4. MCAS letter
5. Curtis Blake School
6. Review Draft of SEPAC Newsletter

Basic Rights Workshop 3/18/2015

Basic Rights Workshop
Wednesday March 18, 2015
6:30pm- 8:30pm
Professional Development Room, ARMS
An introduction to family rights and responsibilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Massachusetts Special Education Law and No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Everyone is welcome to attend for free.
• Learn how to be effective partners with the school
• Determine eligibility for special education
• Plan, make decisions and monitor student progress in school

No Meeting on 2/11

No meeting will take place for SEPAC this Wednesday. Understandably our meeting with the Superintendent and Dr. Brady was canceled due to the weather. We were also unable to post the meeting for Wednesday as the school as closed on Monday. I will let you know when meetings are rescheduled with administration . Unless I hear back from any of you our next meeting will take place as scheduled. Please note the major portion of the meeting will be the planned workshop on Widening the Friendship Circle.

Feel free to reach out to me if you need anything.

Executive Board Meeting 2/ 6/2015

Special Education Parent Advisory Council Meeting (SEPAC)
Representing: Pelham Elementary, Amherst Elementary, and Amherst Regional Schools (PAARS) as well as students out of district.

Date: 2/06/2015, Friday
Location: Amherst Regional Middle School, Professional Development Room
Time: 9:00 am- 10:00am
Meeting is open to all in the community!
Executive Board Meeting Agenda:
1. Introductions
2. Math Update regarding HS
3. Co-teaching Update, SEPAC support
4. Follow-up re robo calls
5. Follow-up escalation procedure
6. Update AIMS program MS/HS

General Meeting and Family Support Group

Special Education Parent Advisory Council Meeting (SEPAC)
Representing: Pelham Elementary, Amherst Elementary, and Amherst Regional Schools (PAARS) as well as students out of district.
Date: 1/21/2015, Wednesday
Location: Amherst Regional Middle School, Professional Development Room
Time: 10:00am- 11:30am
Meeting is open to all in the community!
General Meeting Agenda:
1. Introductions
2. Approve minutes
3. Co-teaching rollout SEPAC support, meeting 1/26
4. Recognition Program
5. School Committee Meeting
6. Update on HS/MS Math

School Committee Presentation January 13, 2015

Special Education Parent Advisory Council Meeting (SEPAC)
Representing: Pelham Elementary, Amherst Elementary, and Amherst Regional Schools (PAARS) as well as students out of district.

Date: 1/13/2015, Tuesday
Location: Amherst Regional High School
Time: 7:10pm
Meeting is open to all in the community!

Just want to inform community that SEPAC is making a brief presentation to the school committee!

Executive Board Meeting January 9, 2015

Special Education Parent Advisory Council Meeting (SEPAC)
Representing: Pelham Elementary, Amherst Elementary, and Amherst Regional Schools (PAARS) as well as students out of district.

Date: 1/09/2015, Friday
Location: Amherst Regional Middle School, Professional Development Room
Time: 9:00 am- 10:00am
Meeting is open to all in the community!
Executive Board Meeting Agenda:
1. Introductions
2. Math Textbook Review Feedback
3. Co-teaching Update, SEPAC support
4. Follow-up re robo calls
5. Follow-up escalation procedure
6. Suggest collaborative workshop ideas for community

Workshop, General Meeting, and Parent Support Group

Special Education Parent Advisory Council Meeting (SEPAC)
Representing: Pelham Elementary, Amherst Elementary, and Amherst Regional Schools (PAARS) as well as students out of district.

Date: 12/17/2014, Wednesday
Location: ARMS, Professional Development Room
Time: 6:30pm- 8:00pm

Meeting is open to all in the community!

Free Workshop:
Understanding Services & Benefits for Children & Youth with Special Health Care Needs

Executive Board Meeting December 12, 2014

Special Education Parent Advisory Council Meeting (SEPAC)
Representing: Pelham Elementary, Amherst Elementary, and Amherst Regional Schools (PAARS) as well as students out of district.

Date: 12/12/2014, Friday
Location: Amherst Regional Middle School, Professional Development Room
Time: 9:00 am- 10:00am
Meeting is open to all in the community!
Executive Board Meeting Agenda:
1. Introductions
2. Follow-up from email regarding school assemblies
3. Issue/complaint protocol
4. MTEL survey (more general education support from students on IEPS)
5. Co-teaching rollout SEPAC support

General Meeting November 19, 2014

Special Education Parent Advisory Council Meeting (SEPAC)
Representing: Pelham Elementary, Amherst Elementary, and Amherst Regional Schools (PAARS) as well as students out of district.
Date: 11/19/2014, Wednesday
Location: Amherst Regional Middle School, Superintendent Conference Room
Time: 10:00 am- noon
Meeting is open to all in the community!
General Meeting Agenda:
1. Introductions
2. Approve Minutes
3. Update from School Committee meeting
4. Update on SEPAC Workshops
5. Plans for December Workshop
6. Discuss plans to fill open board positions and liaisons positions

General Meeting November 5, 2014

Special Education Parent Advisory Council Meeting (SEPAC)
Representing: Pelham Elementary, Amherst Elementary, and Amherst Regional Schools (PAARS) as well as students out of district.

Date: 11/5/2014, Wednesday
Location: Amherst Regional Middle School, Professional Development Room
Time: 10:30 am- 11:30 am
Meeting is open to all in the community!

General Meeting Agenda:

1. Format/content for School Committee introduction
2. Update on SEPAC Workshops
3. Finalize rest of the year meetings to be published by 11/15

Free Workshop October 23, 2014

Meet Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC)

When: October 23rd, 2014
Where: Crocker Farm Elementary School, Community Resource Room
Time: 9:00am – 10:00am

This meeting is open to all community members!

We are fortunate to host this informal gathering and plan to do the following:
• Introduce you to some members of staff that help support your child on an IEP or 504C:
o Dr. Faye Brady, Director of Student Services
o Derek Shea, Principal of Crocker Farm
o JoAnn Smith, Student Services Administrator Coordinator

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