APPLE Workshops

MassPAC APPLE Conference Information Workshops Apply Today Resources APPLE Project Brief ASYNCHRONOUS LEARNING – We have created 6 short, recorded presentations providing an introduction to the APPLE Institute.  Team members are asked to review each session prior to attending the whole group convening.  The videos are postedRead more

APPLE Conference Information

MassPAC APPLE Conference Information Workshops Apply Today Resources APPLE Project Brief   The APPLE Institute is a free training program to help parent leaders, special education administrators, and school community members build collaborative leadership teams to increase parent engagement in their school districts. NOTE: This training programRead more


MassPAC APPLE Conference Information Workshops Apply Today Resources APPLE Project Brief Family Engagement and Leadership Training for School District Communities Want to increase family engagement in your school community? Looking for ways to attract more families to your parent group meetings? (SEPACs, ELPACs and PTA/PTOs) Ready toRead more


  In Massachusetts, school districts are required by law to have a special education parent advisory council (SEPAC). SEPACs, as advisers to the school committee, play a key role in the planning, development, and evaluation of a district’s special education programs. Families of students with disabilities have

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MassPAC Listserv and Facebook

GOOGLE GROUP: A popular MassPAC resource is our Google Group or the “MassPAC Listserv” with over 700 active members.  This forum provides SEPAC officers with access to the statewide conversation about how to effectively run a SEPAC.  Group members can share questions, resources and experiences. FACEBOOK GROUP:

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What is a SEPAC?

A SEPAC is a Special Education Parent Advisory Council. Every public school district in Massachusetts is required to establish a SEPAC. Massachusetts state law assigns both an advisory and participatory function to SEPACs. Membership is open to all district parents of children with disabilities (IEPs and 504 plans) and other interested parties. Duties shall

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SEPAC Summer School

MassPAC Home MassPAC started a new initiative during the pandemic for SEPAC officers and members to learn how to build and grow a successful SEPAC.  The series of zoom webinars ran for 10 weeks on Tuesday evenings from 7-8 PM.  The first 30 minutes was a presentationRead more

SEPAC Leadership Training

MassPAC Home SEPAC Summer School FCSN Networking Series SEPAC Networking Series APPLE Listserv and Facebook A SEPAC needs a few interested parents to take the lead in getting a parent group organized. Consider stepping up to the plate and running for a SEPAC position or ask aRead more

Basic Rights Workshop – SEPACs

Massachusetts regulations require school districts to conduct, in cooperation with the SEPAC, at least one workshop annually on the rights of students and their parents under state and federal special education laws. MassPAC PLUS members receive a free Basic Rights workshop New FCSN Basic Rights Special Education

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Trauma Trainings

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, childhood trauma is defined as: “The experience of an event by a child that is emotionally painful or distressful, which often results in lasting mental and physical effects.” Just under half (45 percent) of children in the United States

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