Marlborough Special Education Parent Advisory Council
Parceiria, Integridade e Crescimento • Sociedad, Integridad y Crecimiento
M-SEPAC: Partnership, Integrity and Growth
Mission: The mission of the M-SEPAC is to work by Communicating, Evaluating, Advising and Educating within the community for understanding of, respect for, and support of all children with special needs in the community.
Meetings: SEPAC meets from October - June at 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the Whitcomb Middle School Library (see below for dates). All are welcome - bring your ideas of what you would like to see SEPAC become!
- October 3rd meeting postponed
- October 10th - All SEPAC members are invited to attend the free program "Your Kid's Gonna Be Okay" being held at 7:00 p.m. at the Whitcomb School Library.
- November 4th
- November 7th - 6:00-8:00 p.m. "IEP 101" is being offered at the Thrive Offices at 65 Post Road Marlborough click for link
- December 5th
- January - No meeting
- February 6th
- March 5th - "Moving towards a more inclusive school community" being held at 7:00 p.m. at Marlborough High School's Principal's Conference Room click for link to flyer.
- March 6th - SEPAC Meeting MOVED TO MARCH 5th.
- April 10TH - "Regional Transitoin Fair" being held 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Algonguin Regional High School Library click here for link to flyer, click here for link to fair contacts.
- May 1st
- June 5th
Note: If anyone has ideas for workshops or presentations please contact Terri Taylor
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About Marlborough SEPAC
Leadership Council 2018-2019
Chair: Terri Taylor
Members at Large: "Open"
Additional parent volunteers are needed for:
- School Liasons
- Special Events
- Program Planning
- School Committee Liasons
- Fund Raising
For more information on volunteer opportunities please contact Terri Taylor
One of the responsibilities of SEPAC is working with the district and participating in reviews and audits when the state agencies come in for regular reviews. This school year the district is due for a Coordinated Program Review (CPR). A copy of the findings of the last review (2014) can be found here.
Our bylaws were approved by the voting membership on June 9, 2010. To view our current bylaws please click here:
Below are links to resources our parents have found helpful. If you have any suggestions, please send a note to any member of the Leadership Council.
The Federation for Children with Special Needs
- Main site index: http://fcsn.org/
- Open Listserve for families (Family Voises): http://fcsn.org/mfv/
- Parent’s Guide to Special Education: http://fcsn.org/parents-guide
- Online summer resource guide: http://fcsn.org/camps/
- Wonderful online resource directory: http://massfamilyties.org/index.php
The MA Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE)
- Good resources/parent information: http://www.doe.mass.edu/sped/parents.html
- IEP Process Guide: http://www.doe.mass.edu/sped/iep/proguide.pdf
- Transition Planning Form: http://www.doe.mass.edu/sped/28MR/28m9.pdf
The Massachusetts Autism Commission
- Report published in March 2013: http://www.mass.gov/anf/docs/mddc/autism-commission-report-full.pdf
Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress
- MDSC "Promoting acceptance & inclusion" : http://mdsc.org/
The Center for Executive Function Skill Development is offering a series of workshops (click here).
- (From their website): Executive function skills is a term used to describe difficulties associated with goal setting, carrying out organized steps and modifying a plan to complete a task successfully. These skills are important for learning from past experiences and applying the knowledge in new experiences. Attention, memory, impulse control, organization, planning, and hierarchical thinking problems often described by parents and teachers are the executive function difficulties that can interfere with an individual’s ability to benefit from some traditional speech-language therapy approaches.