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

Needham SEPAC 2e Networking Group

Monday, March 20, 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Needham Public Library, Community Room

Please join our next meeting where we will have time for group and individual conversations, and discuss support and resources for twice-exceptional children and teens in and out of school.

Educating and Parenting with Trauma Sensitivity

Wednesday, March 22, 6:30 pm on Zoom

Many kids struggle with communication and learning when they have invisible and often inconsistent social and emotional deficits formed by traumatic experiences. From Jennie Dunkley's presentation, you'll begin to see how to channel a child's unpredictable behavior into a meaningful opportunity for growth and learn how to advocate for an IEP that serves your whole child with non-stigmatizing, systemic practices that can be integrated at home as well as at school. You'll leave knowing how to elicit, hear, and amplify the most important voice of all -- the child's. This presentation welcomes an audience of parents, educators, and high school and older-aged students.

Zoom • Meeting ID: 617 696 9653 • Passcode: 383531  •  

Jennie H. Dunkley has been a special education consultant, advocate, trainer, mentor, and presenter for over 20 years. Her special education process training includes advanced programs at William & Mary Law (ISEA) and Suffolk Law Schools, the COPAA and OSEP-developed Special Education Advocacy Training (SEAT 2008) with a practicum at the Disability Law Center, the Federation of Children with Special Needs (FCSN) Parent Training Institute and Wrightslaw. She is a co-instructor for COPAA’s SEAT 3.0 “The Business of Advocacy.” She created and taught “Autism and the Law” for AANE’s MA Professional Educator Autism Endorsement. Jennie has served on many boards and committees, is a Special Education Surrogate Parent, and of most importance, is an enormously proud parent of a young adult on the autism spectrum.

Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, March 28, 12:30-1:30 pm on Zoom

All parents and guardians are invited to attend this meeting to hear updates from the district special education administrators, and to offer feedback and ask questions regarding policies and practices as they relate to special education students within Needham Public Schools.

For our Topic of the Month, we welcome Michelle Hennessy-Kowalchek from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, who will provide a parent information session about the Tiered Focus Monitoring Review of Special Education that is currently taking place within Needham.  


Zoom • Meeting ID: 617 696 9653 • Passcode: 383531  •  

Know Your Next School Night

Transitioning to High Rock, Pollard, and Needham High School

Tuesday, March 28, 7 pm, Broadmeadow Media Center

Moving up to a new school can be a source of worry, but having the support of other IEP families, especially those who have already been through it, can be a big help!

Please join other parents for an evening of conversation with our current parent liaisons for High Rock, Pollard and Needham High. This is a great opportunity to make connections, ask questions, and learn from other’s  experiences.

This event is not limited to those making the transition this fall; some tips may be helpful to know as you plan for the final year of your current school.



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