Meeting Minutes – 2017-2018

General Meeting Minutes

2017-2018 School Year

July 2017 NO MEETING
August 2017 NO MEETING
September 26th MINUTESPRESENTATION & CONTACT LIST – Navigating Special Education in Prince George’s County Public SchoolsCome learn how to navigate the chain of command when you are having trouble with your school team. In this presentation, you will get information about who to contact for different types of issues as well as appropriate response times.
October 24th MINUTES – Transportation – In this meeting, we learned about the transportation of students receiving special education services and students with special health care needs. We also learned how to insure that accommodations on the bus address their needs. SECAC will host a bus driver, a transportation supervisor, and transportation leadership, to discuss how students’ transportation needs will be met.  
November 28th MINUTES – Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) and Additional Adult Support What is the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) and what codes/levels are available to students?  What determines a student’s LRE?  What “push in” or “push out” services are available that allow maximum, meaningful learning opportunities for students with disabilities within the general education classroom?  Should IEPs be reviewed by the Special Education Department or Family Support Center for students placed in 100% self-contained classrooms before second grade to ensure placement is based on student need and not insufficient resources at the school? (The discussion of this recommendation is not intended to undermine School-based IEP team decisions.)

As a follow-up to parent inquiries about Additional Adult Support, we will discuss when parents and IEP teams should consider additional adult support.  We will also discuss when a Dedicated Aid, a paraprofessional, or an Itinerant Special Education Assistant (ISSA) should be considered, and the role of Crisis Intervention Resource Teachers (CIRT).

Slides from the presentation: LRE & Addiitonal Adult Support SECAC November 2017.

December 2017 NO MEETING
January 23rd, 2018 MINUTES – Transition (Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle, High School, Post-Secondary) – Transition from Infant and Toddler to ECC and available supports to families and students, with emphasis on school readiness strategies.

Slides from the presentation: SECAC Transition Presentation, 1-23-18

February 27th MINUTES – Career Readiness and Advocacy – Career Readiness:  What Technical/Vocational training opportunities exist for students with disabilities beginning in high school (both public and non-public)?  How can students with disabilities be supported in volunteer opportunities to promote career skills? 

Advocacy for a Lifetime, from birth through adulthood:  How can parents better prepare to advocate for students over the life span, and teach advocacy to their son/daughter when appropriate?

March 27th MINUTES – Disproportionality & Equity – A discussion on how PGCPS will promote equity by targeting disparities in the identification, placement, and discipline of students of color with disabilities.  This is in response to the December 12, 2016 U.S. Department of Education issuance of final regulations under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA).  

See 34 CFR § 300.646 and 300.647, and the Maryland State Department of Education’s Technical Guidance issued in 2017, below.

Reducing and Eliminating Disproportionate Impact: Technical Assistance Guide for Local Educational Agencies and Schools to Address Disproportionality in School Discipline (June 2017).

Technical Assistance Bulletin – Memo – Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) 13A.08.01.21 – Reducing and Eliminating Disproportionate/Discrepant Impact

April 24th MINUTES – April 24, 2018 – Executive Functioning – What is Executive Functioning?  How does it impact students?  What possible strategies should school teams and parents consider to promote success? This presentation will help you work with your school team to support children who struggle to stay organized and on top of their schoolwork.

Slides from the Presentation on Executive Functioning by Elissa Kauffman

May 22nd Parent Panel (Advocacy for a Lifetime) & Board Elections – Come hear from parents who have been there before you. We will have panel members whose kids range in age from 3 to 26 to talk about lessons learned and to answer your questions about “what’s next”.
June 26th SECAC Planning for 2018-2019 School Year (BOARD MEMBERS ONLY)

Executive Board Meeting Minutes