Thursday, March 31, 2011

Updated 2011 Georgetown SEPAC Meeting Schedule

Georgetown Spring 2011 PAC Meeting Schedule
Georgetown Special Ed Parents Advisory Council 2011 – 2nd Tuesdays of the month
At the Penn Brook Library, 68 Elm Street
7-8:30pm unless otherwise noted - Also see

April 12, 2011 – An IEP for My Child – 6:30-8:30pm – Penn Brook Library, 68 Elm St., Georgetown, MA. This is a Federation for Children with Special Needs presentation, sponsored by the Georgetown SEPAC and presented by Advocate Michelle Amato, ATR-BC, CDP. Wondering about how to write the best possible IEP for your child? This workshop takes parents step-by-step through the development of the IEP. Learn ways to write and express your vision for your child and what your concerns are. Be sure your IEP services will build on your child’s strengths and individual learning style, while also specifying the instructional modifications and accommodations your child needs to make academic progress. Clarify measurable goals, objectives, benchmarks, and assessments. Bring your child’s IEP and ask your specific questions! The agenda for the evening includes the following:
- IEP & the General Curriculum, - Filling out each section of the IEP
- Accountability for progress, - Progress reporting
Questions? Please check or call Pam Lundquist 978-352-5407.

Check the website below for notes from two presentations by Michele Amato, “Special Education and IEPs: The Essentials,” and “Writing Guide for the IEP,”

May 17, 2011 – 7-9pm, Penn Brook Library - Dr. Troy Carr, Psychologist - Role of a School Psychologist – Meet Dr. Carr and learn how his services can benefit our children with social/emotional and psychological needs in Georgetown. Dr. Carr will speak to us about the data that drives many educational decisions, the importance of selecting the right assessment tools, and what kinds of tests give us the best information under which conditions about our children’s educational needs.
Also find out about our new Special Education social-emotional program and services at the Georgetown High School.

June 14, 2011 – Our Final Meeting & Staff Appreciation
- Philosophy/Vision for Special Education Programs
- Staff Awards
- Program Development:
Where we have been, Where we are, Where we are going
- Parent introductions/questions, Parent Ideas for PAC

September 13, 2011 – Welcome to the PAC: An Informal Meet & Greet
o Introductions – staff and parents
- Philosophy/Vision for Special Education Programs
o Differentiated instruction, Early intervention, The referral process
o All children will learn/access the curriculum
o Program Development: Where we have been, Where we are (include parent advisory committees), Where we are going, Teacher Deveopment
o Communication between parents and schools Pre-website/post-website
- DESE Program Review & Results, Parent introductions/questions
- Parent Ideas for PAC: How can we help you? Ideas for speakers/workshops?
- Handouts: PAC brochure, staff directory, online directory, program brochure

October 11, 2011 - Autism Speaks: What do we need to know about Autism Spectrum Disorder? How can we help and understand our children with special needs on the spectrum?

November 15, 2011 - (because of Election Day), 2011 - Basic Rights in Special Education Workshop for Parents – presented by Sue Terzakis , an FCSN trained Special Education Advocate with the Andover Educational Advocacy Group. Learn about the Special Education laws, the process of how Special Education laws play out in your school, understand your rights so that you can effectively collaborate with your professional partners and become a more effective advocate for your child. Topics presented will include laws such as IDEA 2004, No Child Left Behind, Massachusetts Special Education Law, Section 504 and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); General Education supports; and Steps in the IEP process. Please join us at the Penn Brook Library, 6:30-8:30pm

December 13, 2011 – Financial Planning for Special Needs Families

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