Past Presentations

Missed our annual Basic Rights Workshop? Want to follow up on a past presentation? You’ll find that information below.

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Basic Rights Workshop on Evaluation and Eligibility

Presented on Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Each fall, the Woburn SEPAC–in conjunction with the Federation for Children with Special Needs–presents a Basic Rights Workshop. Since so many parents have reached out in recent months with questions about evaluations, we chose the Evaluation and Eligibility Workshop this year. Here are two takeaways you might not have known about:

– When scheduling a Team Meeting to discuss an evaluation, the evaluator must be present unless excused by the family. If the evaluator–or any other team member–isn’t included on the meeting invitation, the family can request that they be included. If the evaluator or team member is not available, the family can request the meeting be rescheduled for a date during the appropriate time frame that they are available.

– When measuring IEP benchmarks, effective progress is defined as “the documented growth in the acquisition of knowledge and skills, including social/emotional development, within the general education program with or without accommodations according to chronological age and developmental expectations and the individual education potential of the child.”

Effective progress is NOT determined solely by passing grades or being promoted from grade to grade.

And that’s just a bit of the helpful information that was shared. Thanks to Kristin LaRose from FCSN and advocate Lynne Hanley for organizing and presenting the workshop. If you missed it, download the handout below. If you’d like to attend a future presentation, e-mailĀ us atĀ wps.SEPAC@gmail.com and we’ll put you in touch with Kristin at FCSN.

BR Evaluation and Eligibility PDF Handout

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Wrapping up 2020-2021

We had a strong spring to end the 2020-2021 school year. In March, we discussed everything from post-high school paths for kids who learn differently to working with WMHS Guidance to make sure your child is getting the accommodations they need an identifying the best paths forward while they’re in high school.

In April, Andrew Lipsett from the Woburn School Committee updated us on the budget. In May, Joseph Flaherty of the Woburn Commission on Disability joined us to discuss what the group has been up to. You can go to the Meeting Minutes page for recaps of all our recent meetings, and you can watch the April 13 School Committee meeting here.

For our June meeting, WPS Director of Special Education Maureen Ryan and Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Courtney Young joined us. We are also still actively searching for a Secretary. Reach out to us via wps.sepac@gmail.com if you’d like to learn more about the position. We’ll be accepting nominations in September and holding elections in October. In the meantime, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more SEPAC news and updates.

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Basic Rights Workshop: Understanding the IEP

Presented on Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Thanks to everyone who joined us for the workshop. If you missed it, you can download the Basic Rights – Understanding the IEP PDF Handout.

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