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)

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

Dyslexia Awareness presentation

Thursday, June 18, 7:30pm - 9:30pm, St. Augustine's Religious Education Center, Assembly Hall, 35 Essex Street

Please join us as Dr. Nadine Gaab, from Boston Children's Hospital Gaab Lab (Harvard/MGH), will discuss recent advances in the development of literacy, and its failure in developmental dyslexia, with emphasis on the brain.

Dr. Gaab will present results from longitudinal studies which aim to investigate whether observed functional and structural brain differences associated with a diagnosis of DD are already present in infants and preschoolers, how they develop over time, and whether these functional and structural differences could be exploited to predict later reading outcome.

Sponsored by: Decoding Dyslexia Massachusetts and Andover SEPAC

About Dr. Nadine Gaab

Nadine is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital Boston and the Harvard Medical School and a member of the faculty at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She received a  PhD in Psychology from the University of Zurich in Switzerland and did postdoctoral training at Stanford University and MIT. She joined the faculty at Boston Children’s and Harvard medical School in 2007. Her current research within the Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience focuses on auditory and language processing in the human brain and its applications for the development of typical and atypical language and literacy skills. The Gaab Lab utilizes structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) as well as behavioral measurement tools. The Gaab Lab is currently working on various topics such as the identification of possible pre-markers of developmental dyslexia in the pre-reading and infant brain, the identification of the underlying neural mechanism of comorbidity of developmental dyslexia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, brain plasticity following sound and music based remediation programs for reading and language impaired children, the influence of musical training on cognitive and academic abilities and the neural correlates of language and reading development across the life-span. The Gaab Lab employs cross-sectional and longitudinal study designs and work closely with over 20 private and public schools within the Greater New England area. Please visit www.bostonchildrens.org/gaablab for more info.

Childhood and Adolescent Anxiety; Parents Guide to Survival

Tue, April 28, 6:30pm - 8:30pm, St. Augustine's Religious Center, 35 Essex Street

Dr. David Stember will cover the developmentally normal anxieties that young children and young adults face, tools that parents can utilize to help empower their kids, and signs that suggest more significant difficulties. Dr. Stember will touch upon strategies that all parents can use, as well as approaches he utilizes to assist individuals who display more concerning symptoms (e.g., anxiety, learning and spectrum disorders).

SEPAC's presentation to the school committee — January 15, 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

Come join us!

Meeting schedule

September 16, 2015 (7-9pm)
October 14, 2015 (7-9pm)
November 18, 2015 (12-2pm)
December 9, 2015 (7-9pm)
January 13, 2016 (7-9pm)
February 10, 2016 (12-2pm)
March 9, 2016 (7-9pm)
April 13, 2016 (7-9pm)
May 11, 2016 (12-2pm)
June 8, 2016 (7-9pm)

Meeting location

St. Augustine's Religious Education Center, Room TBD, 35 Essex Street, Andover, MA
Please read St. Augustine's Policies and Procedures

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