We are parents and guardians of special education students who provide information and support to each other. We meet regularly with school administrators to give input about the policies and programs that affect our children.

Needham SEPAC

Monthly Meeting

All parents and guardians are invited to join for updates from the district special education administrators, and our topic of the month School Committee: A Primer for Special Education Families.

This month, SEPAC welcomes Matthew Spengler, School Committee Member and Liaison to SEPAC, to provide an overview of Needham's School Committee. Learn more about the general calendar, current priorities, and how special education families can get involved.

The remaining time is reserved for parent-only discussion, to share experiences, ask questions in a safe and supportive environment, and develop areas of common interest

Tuesday, October 26 • 12-1:30pm • Zoom • Meeting ID: 617 696 9653 • Passcode: 383531 Agenda

Basic Rights: Understanding the IEP

This presentation will break down the Individual Education Plan (IEP) by section, explain its development, and describe how the document will support a student. Presented by Faith Morgan-Gaines B.S. Ed., M.P.P. for the Federation for Children with Special Needs (FCSN).

Workshop topics include: Why the IEP is important, Who is eligible for an IEP, and how it is developed, Writing Strengths, Concerns and Vision Statements, Reading the IEP including PLEP A & B, Annual Goals and Service Delivery Grid sections, Differences between Accommodations and Modifications, Response, Placement and Consent, Procedural safeguards, How schools are addressing IEP delivery in the age of COVID, Opportunity to ask questions and learn about resources related to compensatory services.

Faith Morgan-Gaines, B.S. Ed., M.P.P. is a Special Education advocate specializing in Learning Disabilities, Social-Emotional and Behavioral Challenges, and Early Childhood Special Needs. Holding a Bachelor's degree in Education and a Master's in Family and Child Policy, Faith is a former Teacher and Administrator of integrated classrooms. She is a trainer for the Federation for Children with Special Needs, an Educational Surrogate Parent for students in the custody of DCF, and a member of many organizations including Special Needs Advocacy Network (SpAN) of MA.

Monday, November 1 • 7 - 9pm • Zoom • Attendees must pre-register here to receive the meeting link



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