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Special Education Parental Advisory Council

Weston SEPAC


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The Weston Special Education Parent Advisory Council (Weston SEPAC) is an all parent volunteer group of that promotes a network for parents of children with disabilities to provide a forum to share information, support, provide resources and discuss important issues.

We provide educational presentations for parents and teachers of special needs and typical students.  We meet with school administration and school committee members to give our input on policies and programs that impact our children.  We promote and raise awareness of children with special needs.  We meet with our state representative to share and discuss information to advocate for children with disabilities.

January/ February 2021

Welcome back to the 20/21 School Year!  The Weston SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council) has some upcoming events.

JANUARY 2021

PRESENTATION: “The Myth of Falling Behind: Parenting and Education during a Pandemic”  Wednesday January 27.2021 6:00PM -Speaker Robin Einzig from Visible Child -a 90-minute workshop exploring our children’s learning, stress, resilience, and what they need most from all of us during these difficult times.  Sponsored by: WPS Office of District Advancement, the Weston PTO, and the Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC).  PRESENTATION  Zoom link: Click HERE    Please consider submitting questions or topics in advance via this brief form, and we will do our best to address them. Help us make this workshop as helpful for you as it can be! For more information please visit Visible Child or email  kellya@weston.org

 

 

FEBRUARY 2021

MEETING:  SEPAC Business Meeting- Tuesday February 9, 2021 7:00PM Agenda Pending   

 

PREVIOUS EVENTS:

JANUARY 2021

PRESENTATION: “IEP Basic Rights: Evaluation and Eligibility” -Friday January 8, 2021 9:00am –Guest speaker: Tracey Morgan from a Bright Idea  Advocates -Federation for Children with Special Needs 

This presentation is a comprehensive introduction into special education laws and procedures. We will delve into the purpose of the law, referrals, evaluations, and the team meeting process including determining eligibility.  Further discussion will focus on services, placement, and what to do when you receive a proposed IEP. You will also learn what to do if the student is not eligible and parent’s procedural due process rights for resolving disputes.  Handouts ClickHere 

DECEMBER 2020

MEETING:  SEPAC Business Meeting -Tuesday December 15, 2020 7:00pm –Agenda Click here 

7:00pm  Weston High School Principal Paul Peri will meet with SEPAC members for an open discussion –DRAFT minutes pending

NOVEMBER 2020

MEETING:  SEPAC Business Meeting  Agenda -click here Monday November 23, 2020 9:00AM  Minutes click here

OCTOBER  2020

PRESENTATION:  “Executive Functioning in Remote Learning”  – POSTPONED from Oct 8th to now Wednesday October 28th – 7 pm –  Elise Wulff (MEd, Program Manager at Aspire) will be speaking about how to support your child’s executive functioning during this time of remote and hybrid learning.  Registration is free thanks to Wayland PTO sponsorship.  Weston SEPAC members WELCOME to attend Click Here for Presentation Slides  Stuck Help Handout

PRESENTATION:  “Back to School 2020: Advocating for your Student’s Special Education Rights During Covid-19”  –Wednesday October 14, 2020 at 7:00PM –Co-hosted with Wayland SEPAC- Attorneys Lillian Wong and Allison Boscarine from Wong & Boscarine LLC will present on DESE updates, Special Education Services during Remote or Hybrid, health Safety & Learning at School, Covid Compensatory Claims and Questions.  Click Here for Presentation Slides

SEPTEMBER 2020

MEETING:  SEPAC Business Meeting Click here for agenda Wednesday September 30, 2020 at 7:00PM Minutes click here

 

SEPAC SCHEDULE 2020-2021 year

Sept 30, 2020-Business Meeting

October 14, 2020-Back to School 2020:  Advocating Special Education Rights- Wong and Boscarine LLC

October 28, 2020-Business Meeting

November 23, 2020-Business Meeting

December 15, 2020-speaker planning for 2021-Autism awareness- Dyslexia

January 8, 2021 9am -IEP Basic Rights Presentation: speaker Tracey Morgan Advocate for FCSN

January 27, 2021 6pm- Presentation: The Myth of Falling Behind: Parenting and Education during a Pandemic- Robin Einzig from Visible Child

February 9, 2021 7pm-Business Meeting

March 9, 2021- Guest Dr. Greene Field School Principal meet with SEPAC members

March 11, 2021 9am-

April 13, 2021 7pm-

May 12, 2021 9am- Board Elections

June    2021- Staff appreciation

SEPAC BOARD 2020-2021

Co-Chairs: Lisa Lappi & Kathy Davidoff
Secretary:  Maija Cirulis-Gooch
Treasurer: Becky Dempsey
Member at Large: Vicky Gifford, Jeannette Velasquez, Lornece Tull, Michelle Galloway

School Committee Liaison:  Rachel Stewart

School & Program Liaisons:
High School: Kathy Davidoff & Lisa Lappi
Middle School: Becky Dempsey, Lornece Tull, Michelle Galloway
Field School: Mija Cirulis-Gooch
Country School: Vicky Gifford
Woodland School: Jeanette Velasquez
Out of District: Kathy Davidoff & Becky Dempsey
METCO: Lornece Tull & Michelle Galloway
Remote Learning Academy-Lornece Tull

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When you consider the average person in America reads at a 7th-grade level, an IEP goal that aims to achieve a 10th-grade reading ability prior to graduation may seem reasonable to some. It's not. At that reading level, you will not be able to even read the news.(towardsdatascience.com/how-smart-is-your-news-source-1fe0c550c7d9) ... See MoreSee Less
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Presentation: Wednesday January 27th 6:00pm!Please join us on Zoom at 6:00 P.M. on Wednesday, January 27th (1/27/21) for a workshop for WPS parents and families. The 90 minute-session will explore current research on our children’s learning, stress, resilience, and what they need most from adults during these difficult times.There are no magic fixes for parenting in a pandemic, but research-driven perspectives covered in this workshop can help us support student learning. Link for more info:www.westonschools.org/blog/2021/01/19/parenting-in-a-pandemic-workshop-january-27/Presentation Link:us02web.zoom.us/j/86055294976 ... See MoreSee Less
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SAVE THE DATE! Wednesday January 27, 2021 6:00PM -7:30PMPRESENTATION: “The Myth of Falling Behind: Parenting and Education during a Pandemic” -Speaker Robin Einzig from Visible Child Inc. will be presenting a 90-minute workshop exploring our children’s learning, stress, resilience, and what they need most from all of us during these difficult times. More information to come on zoom link etc... ... See MoreSee Less
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MAC Chat: Live Instruction & Student Engagement: New State Rules and Guidance ... See MoreSee Less
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