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

Monthly meetings start at 6:00 pm at the Worcester Seven Hills Family Support Center, for directions please call 508-796-1851.

Worcester Seven Hills Family Support Center
799 West Boylston Street
Worcester, MA 01606

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

DATE: FEBRUARY 5, 2020
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: Every Student Succeed Act (ESSA) Parent Informational Forum

DATE: SPRING DATE TBD
LOCATIONS: Quinsigamond Community College

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

Parents will have the opportunity to network and review various resources to promote and excel their child’s academic progress beyond high school. Parents will also deepen their understanding of transition planning which begins at age 14, and will learn the importance of this planning to prepare students to be college or career ready and to develop self-advocacy skills. Information for community resources and summer activities will also be shared.

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.

Save the Dates

  • Autism Awareness [April 2020]
  • Social Emotional Forum & Mental Health Resources [Date & Location: TBD]

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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