Special Education Parent Advisory Council

Andover Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) is a volunteer group of parents of children with disabilities, who are an advisory council. The SEPAC mandated objectives is "...to advise the school committee on matters that pertain to the education and safety of students with disabilities; meeting regularly with school officials to participate in the planning, development, and evaluation of the school committees special educational programs." (Excerpt from Massachusetts special education law, Section 3 of Chapter 71B that pertains to PACs)

A Parent's Guide to Special Education

"The purpose of this guide is to explain the special education process so that, if your son or daughter does receive special education services, you can work effectively with the school as a member of your child's special education team."
View the Parent's Guide to Special Education

Upcoming events


Anxiety and Homework: Helping your Child Shift from Undone to Done

Thursday, October 13, 2016, 7:00-8:30pm.

Location: 55 Chapel Street, Newton, MA, Cost: $15 per person

Presentation Will Cover:
  • How is anxiety useful, and how to tell when it becomes a disorder
  • The physiological processes that underlie anxiety and how they interfere with a child’s functioning
  • The different ways anxiety disorders typically present themselves in children
  • Why tension is a natural part of the parent-child partnership beginning in middle school
  • The stages of behavior change and why they matter
  • Strategies for helping anxious children
  • Tools to manage specific anxiety-provoking tasks

Michael Delman, CEO Beyond BookSmart
Massachusetts Distinguished Educator Michael Delman founded Beyond BookSmart, previously Thinking Outside the Classroom, in 2006 and serves as its CEO. In addition to being a highly MichaelDelman-1.jpgsought after speaker and Executive Function coach, he also helps the leaders of his team achieve greater levels of efficacy. Michael is also the co-founder of the McAuliffe Regional Charter Public School in Framingham, MA, a middle school teaching over 350 students through the Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound school model. He served as McAuliffe’s founding principal and has been an active member of its Board of Trustees since 2008. Prior to that, Michael taught in the Southborough Public Schools for eight years, during which time he received the Anti-Defamation League’s Teacher Incentive Award for creating a superior learning environment for his students. As an educator since 1982, Michael’s primary mission has always been to make learning relevant and to help young people find capacities in themselves that they don’t know they have.

Nancy Roosa, Psy.D. Pediatric Neuropsychologist
Nancy Roosa, Psy.D. has provided neuropsychological evaluations for children since 1997. Nancy_Roosa.jpgShe enjoys working with a range of children, particularly those with autism spectrum disorders, as well as children with attentional issues, executive function deficits, anxiety disorders, learning disabilities, or other social, emotional or behavioral problems. Dr. Roosa's evaluations are highly-individualized and comprehensive, integrating data obtained from a wide range of standardized assessment tools with information gained from history, input from parents, teachers and providers, and important observations gleaned from interacting with the child. Her approach to testing is playful and supportive. Dr. Roosa has also consulted with several area schools, either about individual children or about programmatic concerns. She speaks to parent or school groups, upon request.

SEPAC Meeting

Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 7:00-9:00pm.

St. Augustine Religious Education Center, Room 205, 35 Essex Street, Andover

Agenda Items

  1. Introductions
  2. Parent input/concerns
  3. Channel 5 Investigation - Battle over secret agreements for students with special needs
  4. Dyslexia Report
  5. How to Read an IEP
  6. Other Business - Invite Autism Eats, Transportation update

June 17, 2016

The Andover School District has shared the report from the Language Based Program Review conducted by the Eleni Steadman,MS, CCC-SLP

The Language-Based Program Review was conducted on Sanborn Elementary School LEAP, Doherty Middle School LEAP and Andover Hight School Language Based Program

View the Language Based Program Review

SEPAC's presentation to the school committee

January 15th, 2015

View SEPAC's presentation

SEPAC recommendations are based on results from the;
Needs Assessment Survey,
Dept. of Elementary, and secondary Education (DESE) report,
Corrective Action Plan (CAP),
2009 & 2013 Walker Reports

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General SEPAC Meetings

June 21, 2016(6:30-8:30pm)
July 14, 2016(5:30-8:00pm)
August 09, 2016(7:00-9:00pm)
September 15, 2016(7:00-9:00pm)
October 12, 2016(7:00-9:00pm)

Meeting location

St. Augustine's Religious Education Center, Conference Room 2, 2nd Floor, 35 Essex Street, Andover, MA

Please read St. Augustine's Policies and Procedures