Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEAC)
What is SEAC?
Our MissionThe mission of the Special Education Advisory Committee is to represent the interests of district learners from birth through the age of 21 with disabilities, by advising on current issues, program development, parental concerns and parental involvement, serving as an advocate for high quality special education programs and promoting communication and understanding between family, school and community, while actively seeking input from students and parents. The Special Education Advisory Committee will report to the Director of Special Education, Directors of Educational Programs, and the Superintendent's Advisory Council.
- Special Education Advisory Councils (SEAC) are parents working under MN law to advise and advocate for special education issues in education.
- Special Education began with parents advocating for their children in the 70s and brought laws that protect our children's right to education, regardless of any special needs.
- One of the last things that most parents want to hear is that their child has a disability and requires special education services. You may begin to feel panicked, but know that you are not alone!
The Special Education Advisory Committee will work together to sponsor one parent training per year.Our GoalThe mission of the SWWC SEAC is to represent the interests of district learners with disabilities from birth through age 21 by advising on current issues, program development, parental concerns, and parental involvement; service as an advocate for high quality special education programs; and promoting communication and understanding between family, school, and community while actively seeking input from students and parents.Benefits of Membership
How Can I Help?
- Parents & school personnel gain more accurate and positive views about each other's attitudes, intentions, and abilities.
- More parents are equipped to act as advocates for and supporters of public schools and programs.
- Parent input helps keep things real & relevant, resulting in more practical outcomes.
- Members feel more invested in the school system.
- Parents can advocate for system & program changes in ways staff can't.
- The presence & active participation of parents helps keep the focus of discussions on children, which may lead to more family-centered practices.
- Advice received & implemented by decision makers may lead to improved outcomes for students with disabilities.
- Attend a SEAC Meeting
- Participate Online
- Share Knowledge
- Advocate for Special Education children
Need more information? Want to attend a meeting? Please Contact: Cassandra Gohman, Due Process Specialist email@example.com
SEAC Meeting Dates
Fall Meeting: September 22nd, 2020 5:30pm-6:30pm (Dinner provided and served at 5:00pm)CANCELLED: Parent Training: The ABCs of the IEP: Making the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Work for Your ChildThis workshop will help parents understand how to use the Individualized Education Program (IEP) to benefit their child. We will use a PACER booklet to understand how each required part of the IEP can be developed to meet the child’s needs. Parents will gain knowledge about how to participate effectively in the annual IEP meeting. Parents need to bring a copy of their child’s most current IEP, and their child’s most recent school special education evaluation report