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.
November 17, 12:00 – 1:30pm via Zoom
November Monthly Meeting
All parents and guardians are encouraged to attend our monthly meetings. During the first hour we meet with administrators to discuss topics of common interest. The remaining time is reserved for parent-only discussion to share experiences and ask questions related to special education.
This month, the district Special Education Administrators will provide updates on special education from preschool to post-grad, with plenty of time for your questions and feedback. This will be followed by the presentation Planning Ahead: What to Expect if Schools Go Fully Remote when the Special Education Administrators will describe the circumstances that would necessitate remote schooling in their respective schools and outline the process for determining how services, testing, and accommodations would be provided in that case.
November 19, 7:00 – 9:00pm via Zoom
Basic Rights - Understanding the IEP
This presentation will break down the Individual Education Program (IEP) document 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
How schools are addressing IEP delivery in the age of COVID
Opportunity to ask questions and learn about resources related to compensatory services
Please register to receive meeting link.
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.