By Amanda Green, Parent Training and Information
Massachusetts Association of Parent Advisory Councils
The Federation for Children with Special Needs is delighted to welcome the Massachusetts Association of Special Education Parent Advisory Councils (MassPAC) into our family of activities. MassPAC is the statewide organization providing information, training, and networking opportunities to Massachusetts special education parent advisory councils (PACs) and the professionals who collaborate with them.
Since MassPAC’s inception in 1998, the Federation has encouraged and supported MassPAC’s outstanding work with parents and school districts. In particular, the Federation commends MassPAC founder Suzanne Gervais for her longstanding innovation and leadership in the creation and development of MassPAC as a widely recognized name in special education parent leadership.
MassPAC is a natural fit for the Federation, since both organizations seek to inform and empower families. The Federation’s Parent Training and Information Center (PTI) is well known for providing more than 600 parent workshops statewide per year and responding to hundreds of parent calls and emails about special education topics every week. Over the past six years, the Federation has also developed special expertise in training PAC leaders through the Advancing Parent-Professional Leadership in Education (A.P.P.L.E.) Institutes, which assist local PAC leaders in establishing collaborative relationships with their district administrators and in improving parent involvement within their districts. Staff member Amanda Green, who has 10 years of experience as a PAC Chair, will coordinate MassPAC at the Federation. Amanda also created and taught the Federation’s first online graduate course for school professionals on the topic of parent-professional partnerships.
Going forward, the Federation will ensure that MassPAC continues to assist PAC leaders to maximize their effectiveness in partnering with schools and parents and in sharing resources and ideas with other PACs. We welcome your input. For more information, or to offer comments and suggestions, please contact Amanda Green at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-236-7210, ext. 307.