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Special Education Parent Advisory Council

Worcester Public Schools Special Education Parents Advisory Council (SPED-PAC) offers informational forums for parents to meet and share ideas, and resources. The variety of parents trainings are designed to provide support to all parents and families navigating the special education eligibility and IEP process within each school. The SPED-PAC also works towards increasing disability awareness within the community and strives to be a resource to schools and families. The Advisory Council collaborates closely with the District Administration in planning and developing targeted workshops to meet the needs of students with disabilities. This council is here as a support to parents as well as the voice for our children. We hope that you would consider becoming an officer is SPED-PAC as we welcome the opportunity to partner with schools to improve opportunities for access and inclusion through a continuum of services within each school in the district.

Please contact SPED-PAC Officer, Rupa Chatterjee (ruparanjan@yahoo.com) or the Special Education Department if you are interested in joining the Special Education Advisory Council, and/or if you should have any questions regarding the SPEDPAC Advisory Council at 508-799-3055.

Meetings

SPED-PAC WELCOME PARENTS AND FAMILIES TO JOIN OUR MEETINGS
PLEASE LISTEN FOR CONNECT-ED MEETING REMINDER MESSAGES

If you have any questions and/or need an Interpreter please contact the Special Education Department to also register for any of the workshops by calling (508)799-3055

SPED-PAC Session 1: Parents Rights & the IEP Process

DATE: NOVEMBER 13, 2019 [10:30-NOON & 4:30 – 6:30PM]
LOCATION: Durkin Administration Building, 20 Irving St. Worcester*

Special Education Reception to meet Department staff and Overview of Regulations and Parents Basic Rights to understanding the special education process:

Panel discussion designed to help parents learn how to be effective partners with their child’s school to understand the eligibility process for special education, and to plan, make decisions and monitor their child’s progress in school. All parents are welcome to attend a reception prior to the meeting to meet the Worcester Special Education Administration Leadership TEAM. Refreshments will be served at both meetings.

*SPED PAC Officers’ election will take place at this training

SESSION 2: Understanding Dyslexia & Language Based Disabilities

Understanding DyslexiaDATE: FEBRUARY 12, 2020 [6:00 - 7:00PM]
LOCATION: Worcester Art Museum

Parents will understand dyslexia and multisensory strategies that are used to teach students with dyslexia and language-based disabilities

Parents will have an opportunity to understand dyslexia and language-based disabilities and the characteristics of these disabilities on a child’s learning of language, reading, writing and comprehension. This presentation will also review strategies and assessment tools that are used to evaluate and determine the educational needs of students.

SESSION 3 Caring for a Child/ Adolescent Exposed to Trauma

DATE: MARCH 23, 2020 [5:30-7:00PM]
LOCATION: Central Mass Collaborative, 14 New Bond St

This workshop will increase caregivers’ understanding of underlying factors that lead to challenges in caring for a trauma-impacted child. Specific strategies focused on addressing the needs and social-emotional learning competencies of trauma-impacted children/ adolescents will be provided.

* This meeting will start with a review of the proposed district calendar for the 2021-2022 school year.

SESSION 4: Every Student Succeed Act (ESSA) Parent Informational Forum

DATE: APRIL 2, 2020 [5:30-7:30PM]
LOCATIONS: Quinsigamond Community College, Harrington Learning Center Room 109 A&B

What do I need to know in planning for my child beyond high school? Transition Planning/College & Career & Community Resources

Transition Planning: Quinsigamond Community College Disability Services will present information for parents and students, who may be interested in applying for admission. Parents will also deepen their understanding of transition planning, which begins at age 14. They will learn how to prepare their children to be college or career ready through the development of self-advocacy skills needed to navigate through their next stage of life.

SESSION 5: Autism Resources

DATE: APRIL 13, 2020 [6:00-7:30PM]
LOCATION: North High School Auditorium

The Autism Resource Center will present a review of Center Services, as well as public supports parents can access, followed by a question and answer session

8th Annual Event: A Celebration of Our Students’ Success and Achievement

DATE: MAY 14, 2020 [6:00PM – 8:00PM]
LOCATION: Worcester Technical High School ~ Auditorium

Award Ceremony to recognize and embrace our student’s talents, abilities, strengths and their self-determination through self-advocacy skills and academic achievement.

Information on Community Resources

  • Worcester Connections Family Resource Center (508-796-1411)
  • Ecotarium (508-929-2700)
  • Girls and Boys Club (508-754-2686)
  • Head Start (508-799-3259)
  • Mass Rehab (617-204-3600)
  • Quinsigamond Community College (508-853-2300)
  • Worcester Art Museum (508-799-4406)
  • Worcester Library Main Branch (508-799-1655)
  • Worcester State University (508-929-8000)
  • Worcester Family Partnership (508-799-3136)
  • YWCA of Central Mass (508-767-2505)
  • You Inc. (508-849-5600)
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