Medford SEPAC

Medford Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC)

“Where Everyone Belongs”

Mission and Purpose

The SEPAC’s purpose is to fulfill the directive stated in Chapter 71B of the Massachusetts General Laws which requires a school district to establish a PAC and assigns both an advisory and a participatory function to the PAC.

In meeting this requirement, the mission of the Medford Special Education Parent Advisory Council is to:

  • Advise the District on matters that pertain to the education and safety of students with disabilities by seeking input from the Special Education parent members;
  • Meet regularly with school officials;
  • Participate in the planning, development, and evaluation of the school district’s special education program;
  • Participate in planning workshops and activities, as prioritized by the SEPAC Board.

News and Events

The following is a proposed calendar for the 2014-2015 Academic Year. Events are subject to change. Please check Connect With SEPAC below on how to contact us for more information.

November

“Building Inclusive Schools”
Wednesday, November 12
7-9 pm Andrews Middle School

Presented by Dr. Joseph Petner, Ed. D, retired principal, Haggerty School, Cambridge, MA; Adjunct Faculty Lesley University and Wheelock College; Support Facilitator, District and School Assistance Center – MA Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education; Parent Advocate Training presenter: Federation for Children with Special Needs (FCSN), Dr. William “Bill” Henderson, PhD, retired principal of the William Henderson School, Boston Public Schools and consultant

Creating a truly inclusive school takes more than simply having children with disabilities on the roster. In this presentation, two highly recognized principals of model inclusive schools will share their experiences and offer specific strategies and leadership moves that made their schools places where truly, everyone belongs.

December

“Executive Functioning”
*TBD
Wednesday, December 10
7-9 pm Andrews Middle School

January

“Building Your Village” – Family Supports
Wednesday, January 14
7-9 pm Andrews Middle School

Where and how do families find support? What resources are there? Learn from a panel of experts on how best to support your family member as we explore how to ‘build a village’ to create community and support for your family.

February

General Meeting/SEPAC Social
Wednesday, February 11
7-9 pm Andrews Middle School

Come and meet other parents / guardians of children with special needs. Find out what we’re all about. Share a drink and some laughter as we network and plan.

March

“In My Shoes” – Find out why differences make life so interesting.
Wednesday, March 11
7-9 pm Andrews Middle School

We are all experts at something and we are all working on something. What does it feel like to be blind? To be intellectually disabled or to have a chromosomal difference? Join us as we bring experience to share with our community an understanding of our differences. SEPAC intends to create a week-long event where we present at each school in the District allowing students the opportunity to walk in our shoes and through a uniquely proven curriculum and hands-on lessons. The Wednesday March 11 event may feature a panel of students of all abilities.

April

“Special Education in Medford”
Wednesday, April 8
7-9 pm Andrew Middle School

Q&A Panel with Special Education Administration and Staff to give an overview of Medford Special Education Programs and Services and answer parent questions.

May

“Who Cares About Kelsey?” Documentary Film Screening
Wednesday, May 8
7-9 pm Andrews Middle School

Do you have a child who has social/emotional and/or behavioral challenges at school? Come see this remarkable film by Dan Habib which documents the lives of students with emotional/behavioral challenges. The film vividly captures innovative educational approaches that help these students to succeed – while improving the overall school culture and climate. We see high school senior Kelsey Carroll’s transformation from a defiant and disruptive “problem student” to a motivated and self-confident young woman. Along the way, critical figures in her life play important roles in an education revolution that’s about empowering—not overpowering—students with emotional/behavioral disabilities.

Including, a youth panel who will share their school experience and what they want our community to know about what matters most to our teenage students. The panel will offer a rare youth prospective that will leave you feeling inspired and motivated. There will be light refreshments and a question and answer period following the youth panel.

June

“End of Year Social / Celebration”
Wednesday, June 10
Time and Location TBD

Join us for family fun as we celebrate the differences that make us beautiful. Entertainment and refreshments. More information to follow.


SEPAC Board

Co-Chair Melanie McLaughlin
Email: medfordsepac@comcast.net
Phone number: 617-699-1962

Co-Chair Adrienne Szafranski
Email: medfordsepac@comcast.net
Phone number: 617-699-1962

Vice-Chair Susan Bibbins
Email: Suebibbins@gmail.com
Phone number: 781-439-1493

The Medford SEPAC is always looking for parents / guardians of children with special needs (and other interested parties) to be a part of our community. If you would like to learn more about how to get involved with the Medford SEPAC please email Melanie McLaughlin melanie.mclaughlin@comcast.net.


Business/Planning Meetings

Medford SEPAC General Business Meeting: The purpose of a general meeting is to plan, review, and discuss SEPAC initiatives; invite speakers that are relevant to SEPAC business, and to vote on agenda items that come before the board. All meetings are open to the public.

Please see the events listing above for more details.

Medford SEPAC will be meeting the second Wednesday of every month (unless otherwise noted) at 7:00pm at the Andrews Middle School, 3000 Mystic Valley Parkway, Medford.

Past meeting agendas and notes are on our past meeting notes page.


Connect with SEPAC

The Medford SEPAC can be found on Facebook, Twitter, our website, and our Yahoo listserv discussion group. A great first step is to join the Yahoo group below so you can keep up to date with special education in Medford, meet other parents, ask questions, share information, and learn about local and statewide events. We look forward to hearing from you!

Join the discussion at Yahoo
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/Medford_SEPAC/info or send a blank email to medford_sepac-subscribe@yahoo.com

Find us on the web
https://medfordsepac.wordpress.com

Like us on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/SepacMedfordMa

Follow us on Twitter
https://twitter.com/Medford_SEPAC

Join our Email List

To sign up to receive emails as well as Medford Public School’s special education event information online, email Medford Sepac at medfordsepac@comcast.net.