By-Laws

MassPAC Home SEPAC Basic Toolkit Following the Rules Under Massachusetts law, SEPACs can establish by-laws regarding officers and operational procedures. By-laws are rules that define how your group operates. A formal structure or framework for conducting SEPAC business can help your SEPAC be effective in an orderlyRead more

Advising the District

MassPAC Home SEPAC Basic Toolkit     Additional Ways - How parents can get involved to advise their communities!Identifying Issues/Member SurveysAdvising the School Committee/Annual Reports A SEPAC is primarily an advisory group. The members represent a broader group of people (all parents of children receiving special education servicesRead more

Advising the School Committee/Annual Reports

Massachusetts regulations state that the SEPAC should “advise the School Committee on matters that pertain to the education and safety of students with disabilities”.  Building a relationship with the School Committee is very important.  The SEPAC should develop a plan to attend School Committee meetings and/or assign

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Identifying Issues/Member Surveys

A SEPAC needs to have a good pulse on the state of special education in the school district. To learn what the concerns are among parents, many SEPACs conduct a “needs assessment” to identify the greatest areas of need and to assist the SEPAC to meet its

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Additional Ways – How parents can get involved to advise their communities!

MassPAC Home SEPAC Basic Toolkit    Task ForceLocal Boards of HealthPTA/PTOMunicipal Commission on DisabilitySchool CommitteeSchool Site CouncilDESE Advisory Councils TASK FORCE Task forces are time-bound and outcome-focused groups that are convened to support an organization or district’s mission, strategic objectives or program activities. Parent voice would beRead more

FCSN Networking Series

Are you a Special Education Surrogate Parent, PCTI trained Parent Consultant, or SEPAC Officer? If so, register for an upcoming Networking Series!   The Networking Series is a collaborative effort of the Recruitment, Training and Support Center (RTSC), Parent Consultant Training Institute (PCTI), and MassPAC projects of the Federation for

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SEPAC Basic Toolkit

SEPAC Basic Toolkit
MassPAC Home Advising the DistrictBy-LawsMission Statement/Annual GoalsOpen Meeting LawPublicityPublic Records LawBuilding MembershipFund-RaisingAnnual Calendar/Meetings MassPAC has collected information to help you start, maintain and grow your local Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC). The advice given on this website covers a wide range of ideas and should be tailoredRead more

PCTI Registration

PCTI Registration

<h3><strong>Update: February 10, 2021</strong></h3> We have reached capacity for our upcoming Winter 2021 PCTI session. Please click on the following link if you would like to be added to the waitlist.&nbsp; <ul> <li>Winter 2021 Waitlist <em><strong><a href=”https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd3M0h7twWTus1RqfTb_HI7LGpcUgz2CmgBa_sbsAHMAA3–Q/viewform?usp=sf_link”>link</a>.</strong></em>&nbsp;</li> </ul> <h3><strong>Details about Winter 2021 PCTI</strong></h3> <em>Session Dates :</em>&nbsp; Wednesdays,

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Workshops

Workshops
Informing, Educating, Empowering Families At the Federation for Children with Special Needs, we strive to inform families of their legal rights, educate families about systems and strategies, and empower families to be their child’s best advocate. The Federation for Children with Special Needs presents workshops throughout theRead more

PCTI Format and Structure

PCTI Format and Structure
PCTIs are generally held once weekly for 8-weeks which previously included an optional ninth day for individuals wishing to complete the Federation's Information Center internship (postponed due to the current COVID-19 pandemic). To ensure the health and safety of participants and presenters, our 2021 PCTIs will takeRead more