Purpose(s)/Goal: The Special Education Parent Advisory Committee is comprised of parent representatives from each school.  They meet with the special education district leadership and other district staff on a monthly basis during the school year.  Members work together to:

  • Identify common needs and goals among the parents of students receiving special education services, and facilitate strategies to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of their respective school programs.
  • Provide monthly district updates to parents regarding current issues in special education such as staffing, budgeting, curriculum, facilities, etc.
  • Provide consistent opportunities for training on relevant and timely issues/topics.
  • Bring to the district’s attention existing and emerging issues expressed by parents at the school they represent.
  • Serve as an advisory, not a decision-making body that encourages brainstorming and effective problem solving, regarding the Special Education Program.
Basis for Establishment:
  • The basis for establishment of the advisory group is to increase opportunities for family engagement and collaboration.
  • This group includes representative parents from each school to meet with district staff on a monthly basis to discuss a variety of topics, share information and broaden understanding of school-related issues.
Decision-Making Process:
  •  This group will make any necessary decisions based on a consensus of those present and primarily serve in an advisory capacity.
Responsibilities:
  • Attend Meetings
  • Actively Participate
  • Plan Trainings
  • Maintain Confidentiality
Budget Implications: 
  • There will be an occasional need to cover the cost of a substitute for teachers to attend and participate
Ex-officio:
  • Deputy Superintendent
  • Executive Director of Teaching and Learning
  • Executive Director of Communications and Community Relations
2017-18 Co-Chair

Julia Chen

Lisa Fenwick

Meeting Information

All meetings occur from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the District Office, 1306 Dupont Street, in the Board Room, unless noted. Meetings for the 2017-18 school year are scheduled as follows with minutes included.

2017-18 School Year 

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