Presentation on theme: "New Prague Public Schools. MMembers Include: SStudents with a Disability PParents SSchool Board Members TTeachers (Regular and Special Education)"— Presentation transcript:
MMembers Include: SStudents with a Disability PParents SSchool Board Members TTeachers (Regular and Special Education) AAdministrators DDirector of Individualized Student Services
The purpose of SEPAC is to empower families of children with disabilities and other special needs, to advise and recommend effective and responsible education services, to provide a vision for the future, to advocate for programs and system change, and to represent everyone's voice regarding students with disabilities.
CCo-Chairs = Parent and School Member 22 Year Service For All Members FFrequency = Minimum 4X Annually (2 Hours in Length) MMinutes Are Recorded & Displayed For Public Viewing GGoals Every School Year
“Minnesota legislators realized the value of parent involvement in school district decision and policy-making by requiring SEPACs… SEPACs can be an effective way for parents and school professionals to work together for the benefit of children with disabilities.” - Pacer (2007)
Special education accounts for a large percent of the total district budget. Special education provides a substantial amount of revenue for the school district. Special education students attend and participate in all buildings within the district. Legal obligation for all school districts. Provides guidance of special education programming and opportunities to the school district.
DDistrict Pupil Count = 4,012 students DDistrict Special Education Pupil Count = 456 students 11.3% of Total District Population 13% is State Average in Minnesota (Dec. 1, 2007)
Early Childhood Special Education 3 Elementary Schools 1 Middle School 1 High School 1 Transition Program
Early Childhood (Birth – 5 years old) 13 Disability Areas Related Services Outside Services Community Services Transition Services
PARENT INVOLVEMENT - Increase parent involvement to a level of minimum one parent from each school building. - Increase parent involvement as a whole.
DISABILITY AWARENESS - Increase disability awareness and literacy, as it relates to special education and disabilities through information and guest speakers.
TRANSITION - Improve and increase education on student transitions within the district.
- High School Transition Night - Annual S.E.P.A.C. Staff Appreciation Breakfast - Enhanced 911 forms - Adaptive Sports - Website improvement through collaboration * newly identified special education students * parent satisfaction survey
Pacer Organization (www.pacer.org)www.pacer.org ARC Greater Twin Cities (www.arc.org)www.arc.org Minnesota Department of Education; Family Support (www.mntafs.org)www.mntafs.org New Prague Area School District (www.np.k12.mn.us)www.np.k12.mn.us
MRVSEC Tour Thursday, Dec. 4 th or Thursday, Dec. 11 th Educational Forums : Guest Speakers in Disability or Service Areas. Autism Support Group: Amy Vandenberg – start up discussion