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)

Upcoming events

SEPAC will present the Needs Assessment Survey analysis to the school committee

January 15, 7 - 10pm School Administration Building, 36 Bartlet St.

The Andover Special Education Advisory Council (SEPAC) is First Annual Needs Assessment Survey. Thanks to the hundreds of interested parents and guardians who took the time to thoughtfully fill out the survey and provide invaluable feedback to Andover School System.

SEPAC will make recommendations to the School committee bases on the results.
Letter to School Committee | 2014 Full Survey Results | 31 Responses

The Goal Driven IEP

January 22, 6:30-8:30pm 36 Bartlet St., School Admin. Building, Conference Room B, 3rd floor

This informative talk about your child’s IEP will be presented by Dr. David Stember. Topics covered will include:

  • Specific items and wording parents should ask for in their child’s IEP
  • Common mistakes seen in ineffective IEP plans
  • How to ask for specific goals, approaches and outcome measures that will be sensitive to whether progress is being made
  • Common best practice approaches to address learning needs, social pragmatics, organizational skills and behavior/emotional problems (i.e., what to ask for, how to define it and how would you know that progress is occurring)

Dyslexia Awareness Presentation

If you thought dyslexia only affects a few people, if you thought all kids who struggle with reading are not smart or they just need to work harder, if you thought dyslexia means you see backwards, you may be surprised to learn the truth about what dyslexia really is...and is not! Learn more about the typical profile of a dyslexic learner, how children with dyslexia can learn to read well, and become aware about the current dyslexia research. Andover SEPAC Presents "Dyslexia Awareness (Video)" | Language-Based LD vs. Non-Verbal LD | Self Esteem and Dyslexia | View Flyer | Workshop Handout

How does SEPAC work, key objectives:

  • Members are made up parents of children with disabilities. This may include other interested parties, see Andover SEPAC by-laws for more details.
  • Meetings are open to the public.
  • SEPAC directs its own activities, controls their own publications and correspondence in collaboration with the school district.
  • SEPAC determines the contents of it's own reports to the school committee.
  • Provides a forum for parents and guardians of children with disabilities to have access to relevant information, training and emotional support; and to encourage an atmosphere of effective open communication, transparency, understanding and mutual respect among students, parents, educators, school administration and the communit at large.

Come join us!

SEPAC meetings are opened to the public

Meeting schedule

January 6, 2015 @ 12 p.m.
February 3, 2015 @ 7 p.m.
March 3, 2015 @ 12 p.m.
April 7, 2015 @ 7 p.m.
May 5, 2015 @ 12 p.m.
June 2, 2015 @ 7 p.m.

Meeting location

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

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