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What is the DCRSD Special Education Parents Advisory Council?

A SEPAC is a Special Education Parent Advisory Council. Every public school district in Massachusetts is required to establish a SEPAC

Special education parent advisory councils (PACs) have tremendous potential to have a positive impact on special education programs in a school district. PACs can provide invaluable activities for parents, and add an important voice to a school district's dialogue and decision-making. (from Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education March 2010)

An effective SEPAC takes the teamwork of the IEP process one step further, putting parents in the role of advisors who use their family’s experiences, unique perspectives and expertise to influence decisions and help shape programs and policies at the local level. An effective SEPAC is more than a meeting - it is an approach and a mindset that truly values the advice of parents. When parent advisors are valued and engaged through a local SEPAC, they can work together with school district staff and community leaders to improve education, not only for those with disabilities, but for all children. (from SPAN Parent Advocacy Network)

February 2023 Meetings

Group Discussion

Wednesday February 15th, 2023

Dudley Middle School Library

Board meeting at 6:30pm

SEPAC Meeting at 7pm.

Please join the Dudley Charlton Regional School District's Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) for a presentation on the IEP (Individual Education Plan) on Wednesday, February 15th at 7:00 in the Charlton Middle School Library.  

Can't make a meeting at night?

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Come to to Coffee and Conversation, and informal get together with other parents and caregivers.

February 1st  @9:00am Sturbridge Coffee Roasters 7 Brookfield Rd, Charlton.

DCRSD Superintendent Steven Lamarche and Director of Pupil Personnel Services Robert Bergeron will be in attendance.

Virtual Book Club

A guided virtual discussion of From Emotions to Advocacy authored by Pete and Pam Wright of Wrightslaw. Each week we will read a chapter, discuss the law it pertains to, and action plans that we can put into practice for advocacy of our children in Special Education. If you are interested in the book club email the SEPAC at sepac@dcrsd.org or click on the let’s chat button below and have the subject be book club.  Weekly virtual meetings would start after February vacation, and the books will be available for those that sign up for the Book Club. Virtual meetings  TBD.

Officers

 

Chair Kenny Laferriere

Vice Chair Jennifer Gadoury

Recording Secretary Vacant

Publicity Secretary & SEPAC/SC Liaison Jeanne Costello

May 3rd 2023, 9am 

Coffee & Conversation

Sturbridge Coffee Roasters

Dudley location

May 17th 2023

6:30pm Board Meeting

7pm SEPAC Meeting

Charlton Middle School Library

June 7th 2023, 9am 

Coffee & Conversation

Sturbridge Coffee Roasters

Charlton location

June 21st 2023

6:30pm Board Meeting

7pm SEPAC Meeting

Dudley Middle School Library

Summer Schedule to be determined at a future Board Meeting.

Fall 2023

September 6th 9am SCR

September 20th SEPAC

October 4th 9am SCR

October 18th SEPAC

SEPAC CALENDAR

February 1st 2023, 9am 

Coffee & Conversation

Sturbridge Coffee Roasters

Charlton location

February 15th 2023

6:30pm Board Meeting

7pm IEP 101 presentation

Dudley Middle School Library

March 1st 2023, 9am 

Coffee & Conversation

Sturbridge Coffee Roasters

Dudley location

March 15th 2023

6:30pm Board Meeting

7pm SEPAC Meeting

Charlton Middle School Library

April 1st 2023, 9am 

Coffee & Conversation

Sturbridge Coffee Roasters

Charlton location

April TBD 2023

6:30pm Board Meeting

7pm SEPAC Meeting

Dudley Middle School Library

Resources

Youth Counseling

Wrightslaw

Information for parents on knowing their rights on IEPs/504s and Federal Law governing special education.

Meditation Class

Federation for Children with Special Needs

The Federation’s mission is to provide information, support, and assistance to parents of children with disabilities.

Supportive Friend

Center for Parent Information and Resources

Supporting the Parent Centers Who Serve Families of Children with Disabilities

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