Wed13Jan20166:30 pmMarion Tavern
January 13th | Marion Tavern | 6:30/7:00-9:00pmPresented by the Federation for Children with Special NeedThe Basic Rights workshop provides families with an introduction to their rights and responsibilities under:· Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)· Massachusetts Special Education LawThis workshop is designed to help parents learn to be effective partners with their child’s school to decide their child’s eligibility for special education, and to plan, make decisions and monitor their child’s progress in school.
Tue09Feb20166:30 pmMarion Tavern
February 9th | Marion Tavern | 6:30/7:00-9:00pm
Presented by MABIDA
Join us for a presentation about Dyslexia, a language-based learning disability. Dyslexia refers to a cluster of symptoms, which result in people having difficulties with specific language skills, particularly reading. Students with dyslexia usually experience difficulties with other language skills such as spelling, writing, and pronouncing words.
This presentation will discuss the red flags, steps towards and after diagnosis and what to do when outside evaluations and school evaluations don't align.
Wed09Mar20166:30 pmMarion Tavern
March 9th | Marion Tavern | 6:30/7:00-9:00pm
Presented by OTA Wakefield
Executive functioning issues aren’t considered a disability on their own but often appear in kids with learning and attention issues. They’re weaknesses in a key set of mental skills.
Join us for a discussion about what executive functions are and how they impact learning and everyday living?
Tue12Apr20166:30 pmMarion Tavern
April 12th | Marion Tavern | 6:30/7:00-9:00pm
Presented by OTA Wakefield
It is not unusual for children to have pragmatic problems in only a few situations. However, if problems in social language use occur often and seem inappropriate considering the child's age, a pragmatic disorder may exist.
Join us for a presentation about Pragmatic disorders and how they can add to other language problems such as vocabulary development or grammar. Learn how pragmatic problems can lower social acceptance and what you can do to help your child with social thinking strategies that can help your child succeed.
Mon17Oct20167-9pmMarion Tavern at Grandview Farm
Come and meet this years PAC board and hear what the PAC has planned for the 2016-2017 school year. Also in attendance will be Louise D’Amato, Director of Special Education as well as special education staff. Hear about new developments in special education including new and improved programming, added staff positions and where we are headed as a district. There will a brief discussion of special education programming, time for q&a as well as the opportunity to speak with some of our special education staff. Don’t miss this informative night out!
Mon24Oct20167-9pmMarion Tavern at Grandview Farm
The Riverside Family Support Center offers services for adults and children with developmental disabilities living with their families. These supports include respite care, recreational activities, provision of adaptive equipment, skill training, and specialized staff support.
The primary goal of the Family Support Center is to enable individuals with disabilities to stay together with their families and to be contributing members in their community. We are a great resource that offers services that go beyond the school day.
The Family Support Center covers the Central Middlesex area, which is comprised of Acton, Arlington, Bedford, Boxboro, Burlington, Carlisle, Concord, Lexington, Lincoln, Littleton, Maynard, Stow, Wilmington, Winchester, and Woburn. Funding for our program is provided by the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS).
Thu10Nov20167-9pmMarion Tavern at Grandview Farm
The Burlington School Committee, as a representative body, seeks to understand, plan for, and meet the educational needs of all the children it serves. It is of particular interest for us to understand how the district is organized and the relationship of the special education program with the overall educational program of the district. Come meet Steve Nelson, current School Committee Chair and Christine Monaca, SEPAC Liaison to discuss Special Education Programs and funding in our district and answer questions you may have.
Mon05Dec20167-9pmMarion Tavern at Grandview Farm
Join us for a presentation about Basic Rights in Special Education. This discussion Provides a basic understanding of the complex special education laws and procedures. The following workshop is presented throughout the school year in communities across Massachusetts. Federation workshops are free to attend and are open to the public.
Please register for this specific workshop so we can notify you in case of any date, time, or location change.
Presented by Melissa Smith Keilbania, M. Ed, CAGS, Educational Advocate and Consultant
Hear from an educational advocate about the IEP process, when you might want to consider an advocate, how to find an advocate and what questions to ask. Ms. Keilbainia will answer general question to keep presentation more generic to the group and will make herself available via email and 15 min phone call to answer child specific questions. Send you questions into the PAC leadership 1 week before presentation so that Ms. Keilbania can prepare her presentation around the groups questions.
Come learn more about "BSEA" and how it conducts mediations, advisory opinions and hearings to resolve disputes among parents, school districts, private schools and state agencies concerning eligibility, evaluation, placement, individualized education programs (IEPs), special education services and procedural protections for students with disabilities.
Wed15Mar20177-9pmMarion Tavern at Grandview Farm
lda Carreiro King, Ph.D. is a Developmental and Educational Psychologist who uses the lens of classroom ecology to inform improvements in reading instruction. She is known for bringing a learner-centered approach to all levels of the school community: administrators, teachers, students, and parents. Through workshops, demonstrations and observations, she develops a continuum of services, curriculum and techniques that help all types of students become fluent, strategic, and independent readers.
Our school district is fortunate to have Mrs. King, serve as a consultant in our district. Come learn more about how she has made an impact in our schools.
Wed12Apr20177-9pmMarion Tavern at Grandview Farm
Family TIES of Massachusetts provides information and referral services, emotional support, and trainings to parents of children and youth with special needs. Join us to learn about this organization and how they can help light your way.
Wed04Oct20176:45pm - 9:00pmMarion Tavern at Grandview Farm
Come and meet this year's SEPAC members and hear what we have planned for the 2017-2018 school year. Also in attendance will be Louise D’Amato, Director of Special Education as well as team chairs and staff. Hear about new developments in special education including new and improved programming and added staff positions. There will be time for q&a. It's a great opportunity to meet other SEPAC families and the administration who work so closely with our children.
Wed25Oct20176:45pm - 9:00pmMarion Tavern at Grandview Farm
Allan Blume is a retired associate professor of practice formerly of Simmons College, Boston, and a current adjunct faculty member at Elms College, Chicopee. He taught courses that focused on laws and regulations of special education, IEP development, transition, and inclusion.
He continues to consult to schools throughout Massachusetts regarding topics such as federal and state special education regulations, writing and implementing individualized education programs, disability awareness, special education process, inclusion, eligibility, Section 504, as well as assisting school districts with the creation and editing of their District Curriculum Accommodation Plans.
Over the past few years, Allan has been providing extensive consultation to Burlington Public Schools at all levels. In his presentation to the PAC, he will talk about the work he has done in Burlington and will provide participants with insight into the IEP process, strategies he has provided for effective IEP writing and what parents might expect to see in their son or daughter’s IEP.
Wed01Nov20176:45pm - 9:00pmMarion Tavern at Grandview Farm
Ilda Carreiro King, Ph.D. is a Developmental and Educational Psychologist who uses the lens of classroom ecology to inform improvements in reading instruction. She is known for bringing a learner-centered approach to all levels of the school community: administrators, teachers, students, and parents. Through workshops, demonstrations, and observations, she develops a continuum of services, curricula and techniques that help all types of students become fluent, strategic, and independent readers.
Wed06Dec20176:45pm - 9:00pmMSMS Library
A Workshop for Parents and Professionals given by the Federation for Children with Special Needs - Workshop Presenter: Katherine Martin
This workshop provides a basic understanding of the complex special education laws and procedures.