Meetings

Second Annual Arlington SEPAC Survey for Parents and Caregivers

Arlington’s Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) is seeking input from Arlington parents and caregivers around their experiences with special education in the district. We welcome feedback from anyone with an interest in special education, whether you have a child with an IEP or not. Please help us to understand and advocate for the needs of students and families by completing the second annual SEPAC survey here: 

https://forms.gle/V8PNtqGw5wer2S7o7

 The survey is anonymous. Survey responses will be collected and viewed by SEPAC officers (parent volunteers), and a report on the results will be shared with the administration and with the School Committee. No identifying information will be shared. 

You are also welcome to learn more about the SEPAC at https://arlingtonsepac.wordpress.com/, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ArlingtonSEPAC, or by email at ArlingtonSEPAC@gmail.com

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SEPAC Meeting Agenda: September 13, 2022

9/13/22 Meeting
ARLINGTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS

In accordance with the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 30A Section 20, notice is hereby given for the following meeting of the Special Education Parent Advisory Council,

Tuesday, September 13, 7 p.m. on Zoom
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AGENDA

  1. Call to Order
  2. APS Staff reports
  3. Parent Orientation Presentation on Tiered Focused Monitoring
    Presented by Joan Brinckerhoff and Dee Wyatt of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
  4. Planning Workshops for the coming year
  5. Public participation / New business / Open discussion
  6. Announcements
  7. Adjourn

Arlington Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEPAC) is a parent group that acts as a resource for parents and advises the district regarding meeting the needs of students with disabilities.  We provide support and networking opportunities for parents and guardians of children with disabilities, offer workshops and guest speakers to help parents become better informed about special education issues. We meet regularly with school officials to participate in the planning, development and evaluation of special education programs in town.

We hope you will join us!

SEPAC June 2022 Business Meeting Agenda

6/14/22 Zoom Meeting

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Tuesday, June 14th, at 9am

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AGENDA

  1. Call to Order
  2. Approve minutes
  3. Officers/committee reports
  4. Planning Workshops for the coming year
  5. APS Staff reports
  6. SEPAC Board Elections
  7. Public participation / New business / Open discussion
  8. Announcements
  9. Adjourn

Arlington Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEPAC) is a parent group that acts as a resource for parents and advises the district regarding meeting the needs of students with special needs.  We provide support and networking opportunities for parents and guardians of children with special educational needs, offer workshops and guest speakers to help parents become better informed about special education issues. We meet regularly with school officials to participate in the planning, development and evaluation of special education programs in town.

We hope you will join us!

SEPAC Meeting Minutes: May 10, 2022

SEPAC Business Meeting – May 10, 2022

Call to Order

Introductions: Alison Elmer, Inae Hwang, Sarah Barton, Jess Dombrosky, Sean Garballey (State Rep. For Arlington and Medford), Michele Phelan, Krasimira Petkov, Brenda Mahoney, Cheryl, Rabbi Talya Weisbard Shalem, Marais Young, Lauren Bellon, Lauren Lineback, Tracy Perneta, and Carole

Approve Minutes: Meeting minutes from February 2022 were approved

Officers/Committee Reports:

– We spoke to the School Committee two weeks ago and did a review of the findings of our first annual SEPAC survey. I think we were well-received. The slides are up online if you want to take a look at them.

Planning Workshops for the Coming Year:

APS Staff Reports:

– The superintendent strategic planning committee has been meeting each week, at least three times already.

– The district is going to be holding meetings around choosing a new Literacy curriculum, so if you want to participate in the process, stay tuned.

Discussion with Representative Sean Garballey:

– He represents the 23rd Middlesex district, which is Arlington and Medford. He was on the Arlington School Committee prior to being a State Representative. He was also a student at APS and was on an IEP, because he was born prematurely. His focus in the house has always been on Special Education, and students with disabilities.

-He is the main sponsor of Turning 22 (autism support services) and transportation services. He is also the main sponsor of the Conclusive Concurrent Enrollment Program, which is around students with autism, Down Syndrome or IDD as they attend college. This helps students who qualify attend college just like their peers. UMass Boston is the center of inclusion of these 15 inclusive programs around the country (state?). (Alison added: Arlington is going to be a MAICEI partner with Middlesex next year (we have previously sent students through LABBB)

– He is working on expanding the program to all the MA State public colleges. The program allows students who might not pass the MCAS still be able to have the opportunity to attend college with their peers.

– When he was on the School Committee he would attend these SEPAC meetings regularly, and he would still be happy to attend and listen to any feedback or complaints parents may have.

-Massachusetts is known as a free petition state, which means anyone can come forward and propose legislation or changes to State Law.

-Sean wanted to also share his cell number to anyone who wanted to contact him: (781)859-7781

-Inae shared slides showing the data from APS showing Chronic Absenteeism for the district, along with separating them into three categories: (High needs, All Students, and Economically Disadvantaged)

-JAMA found increases in diagnosed anxiety and depression between 2016 and 2020 (pre-COVID). Currently our laws lead to punitive responses for students who are dealing with mental health challenges. We would like to see the State Laws support more of a social-emotional/mental health/ system of support response to school refusal.

-Under current law, we have the Mental Health Parity law, and currently school Educational Psychologists aren’t covered under Parity Law, but they are working on introducing a bill that will allow Educational Psychologists to be covered and to practice under Mental Health Parity Law.

-Inae brought up continuing to push Bill H.537 in support of SEPAC representation on every state School Committee, and Sean agreed that it was worth continuing to try to push this bill through to be law.

-Sean mentioned a bill he’s promoting that would allow any teacher, current or retired, to serve on the DESE board. Currently they are forbidden from serving, and this doesn’t make much sense.

-Lauren Bellon said that school refusal is also being handled in wildly different ways across the elementaries in Arlington. She mentioned that so many behavioral supports and analyses are around fixing the kid and fixing the family, but not much attention is being paid to the environment that the kid is refusing to attend, and its role in the school refusal.

-Barbara Mahoney said that DESE put this out on their desktop regarding school refusal: Mental Health Resource on School Avoidance:

School avoidance has been identified as a growing concern amidst the overall youth mental health crisis. The Department, in collaboration with Thriving Minds – a partnership between BRYT (Bridge for Resilient Youth in Transition), the Massachusetts School Mental Health Consortium, and the Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy – is offering a training session on school avoidance to explore how to use available resources and case studies to identify what a school avoidance intervention might include. This session will be held at 3:00-4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17. Interested school mental health staff (school counselors, school psychologists, and adjustment counselors/school social workers) are asked to register online.

-Families are struggling to access mental health services. One of the biggest reasons is that there is a staffing shortage due to the salary for DDS and DMH staff being so low. The pandemic led to a lot of young DDS and DMH staff leaving their positions, so there is a long wait-list for these programs.

-Sean has worked on having insurance-mandated services, such as mandated hearing aids for students between birth and 21, and Lyme disease treatment/management. He mentioned that health insurance lobbyists have put in a lot of effort to kill bills like these, so it has taken a long time for bills like this to move forward.

-Sean said he was happy to work with parents on legislation with respect to getting Dyslexic learners the screenings, supports, and insurance coverage for services. He mentioned that the implementation of the laws are as important as the laws themselves.

-Rabbi Talya Weisbard Shalem mentioned how different districts in the state have different cultures around Special Ed and give differing amounts of services to students. Sean mentioned using the Special Ed circuit breaker fund to support students who need to go out-of-district to receive the services they need.

-Sean said they recently passed his bill around meal debt shaming into law, which would prevent schools from making an example of students who couldn’t pay for lunch.

-He mentioned that his concern is that Arlington might lose money if he encouraged the State to recalculate the aid which districts receive.

SEPAC Board Nominations

– Inae nominated herself for Chair

– Sarah nominated herself for Co-Chair

– Jess nominated herself for Secretary

– Lauren Bellon nominated herself for Webmaster

Public Participation/ New Business/ Open Discussion:

Announcements:

Adjourn

SEPAC May Evening Business Meeting with Rep. Sean Garballey – May 10, 2022 Agenda

5/10/22 Zoom Meeting

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ARLINGTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS

In accordance with the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 30A Section 20, notice is hereby given for the following meeting of the Special Education Parent Advisory Council,

Tuesday, May 10th, 7:30pm

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AGENDA

  1. Call to Order
  2. Approve minutes
  3. Officers/committee reports
  4. Planning Workshops for the coming year.
  5. APS Staff reports
  6. Discussion with Representative Sean Garballey
  7. SEPAC Board Nominations
  8. Public participation / New business / Open discussion
  9. Announcements
  10. Adjourn

Arlington Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEPAC) is a parent group that acts as a resource for parents and advises the district regarding meeting the needs of students with special needs.  We provide support and networking opportunities for parents and guardians of children with special educational needs, offer workshops and guest speakers to help parents become better informed about special education issues. We meet regularly with school officials to participate in the planning, development and evaluation of special education programs in town.

We hope you will join us!

SEPAC Meeting Minutes: April 12, 2022

SEPAC April 12, 2022 Meeting Minutes

Call to Order

Introductions – Alison Elmer, Deborah Perry, Joyce Schlenger, Roderick MacNeal, Lynne Bennett, Liz Homan, Kristin Burke, Inae Hwang, Sarah Barton, Jessica Dombrosky, Chris Carlson, Ally Magalhaes, Elisa M, Georgina Prager, Jacquelyn Aureli, Krasimira Petkov, Louisa Popkin, Rachel Ostrow, Sarah Forster, Stephanie Trinkle, Thad Dingman, Tracy Van Dorpe, Tonya Bourassa, and Catherine Bieksha attended

Meeting Minutes – Meeting Minutes were not reviewed at this month’s meeting.

Officer/Committee Reports

– Officer/Committee Reports weren’t discussed this month, since we moved straight to the Literacy Initiatives presentation.

APS Staff Reports

APS Presentation on Literacy Initiatives

http://www.arlington.k12.ma.us/departments/special_education/pdfs/apsk5literacyprogrampresentationsepac.pdf

Comments and Questions –

– After the general assessments are completed, and it’s determined that additional pull-out support is needed, a permission slip goes home to the parent, to allow that student to be pulled out. Progress reports go home multiple times during the year (November, January, April, June) and as students exit the reading intervention.

– If a student isn’t making gains, they sit down as a Whole Child Team to look at all aspects of the student’s learning, including social/emotional, to determine what might need to change with the intervention so effective progress can be made.

– Stephanie asked what happens after a student exits the intervention program. The answer is that classroom teachers continue to monitor progress through Dibels assessments, and conduct benchmark assessments 3 times per year to make sure that students are continuing to make progress toward grade-level benchmarks.

Public Participation / New Business / Open Discussion

– See above section for comments and questions.

Announcements

Adjourn

SEPAC Meeting Minutes: March 8, 2022

SEPAC March 8, 2022 Meeting Minutes

Call to Order

Introductions – Inae Hwang, Sarah Barton, Deb Savage, Amy Gabriele, Cara Hecker, Cheryl, Katell Guellec, Krasi Petkov, Lisa Welch, Liz Exton, Lori, Marais Young, Robin, Rohit Dhanjal, Sarah Evans, Sarah Forster, Sara Hamitay, Takako, Yossi Weihs, Alison Elmer, Maria Merkulova, Stephanie Ettinger de Cuba, Chris Carlson, Tracy Perneta, Ben Ferber, Carolina Herrera, and Matthew Janger attended

Meeting Minutes – Meeting Minutes from February 2022 were approved.

Officer/Committee Reports

– We didn’t have many people show up to our Parent/Caregiver listening session. We had about 3 who attended, but we still had a good discussion. Representative Garballey did show up, even though he didn’t have a student in APS.

– Our survey has ended, and we are currently aggregating the results. We are having another meeting this Friday to work on a presentation.

– We hope to have a number of recommendations/issues to address on a state-wide level to bring up at our May meeting, when Representative Garballey is in attendance.

– Our April Meeting will have Dr. MacNeal and the Director of ELA, plus reading coaches and reading specialists, and they will be presenting on the General Education (Elementary) ELA curriculum and supports. It was mentioned that the District is moving on from the Lucy Calkins reading curriculum, due to its lack of explicit and direct reading instruction. The District is currently going through a process to explore replacement curricula.

-Next month we are having a morning Zoom Business Meeting, and an Evening Zoom Parent Social Hour.

APS Staff Reports

– Dr. Janger is here to talk about the Heterogeneous Grouping Initiative at the High School

Dr. Janger Presentation on Heterogeneous Classes at AHS

– Last year we were all remote at the HS, and we came back in person at the end of the year. In response to this change, they switched to 80 minute periods and heterogeneous classes. In a heterogeneous classroom, students are all in the same classroom, but some pursue the honors level curriculum and others pursue the advanced level curriculum.

– Last year they noticed the increase in students taking the honors level curriculum as a result of exposure to the material/study group in the heterogeneous classes. We are reaching a point, after discussing the matter in the heterogeneous classes working group and with intra-department discussions, some departments are willing to have heterogeneous groupings (ELA, Freshman English), while other departments are waiting to adopt the heterogeneous model until more data is known.

– We are aware that separate classes are inherently not equal, and there are disparities in certain student populations (BIPOC, Special Education) in taking honors level curriculum vs. advanced level.

– We find that more students achieve the honors level when participating in heterogeneous classes than they do with typical groupings of separate honors classes and advanced classes.

-The current proposal has a few different pieces:

            – Currently in 8th grade, teachers are making recommendations on whether they should do honors or A-level coursework. Currently there are 18 different sections of Freshman English, which would have 21 students in each section.

            -There would be teams of 3 teachers who teach these classes over 6 periods. Four of those sections would have a co-taught model, where a special educator could support students on IEPs.

            -Our expectation is that we will see higher levels of honors level participation, and higher grades/more student engagement overall.

            -The last major measure is if we see that the program is successful, we may carry the heterogeneous model over to other departments in the future.

– We have a proposal in the works that tries to answer the questions proposed by the community. Currently there are many questions about how heterogeneity is structured, such as whether honors level curriculum is taught to all. Once the proposal is shared, we will have two focus groups from the community to give feedback on the proposal. The goal is to finalize the proposal and then present it to the School Committee in April.

– Grouping practices is one of the most studied practices in education. One of the populations that benefits the most are students on IEPs. The students are participating with their neurotypical peers, and they’re getting the kind of support that they need, and they often achieve at higher levels when participating in these groupings. The results show that these groupings also aren’t detrimental, and are even beneficial for honors level students.

TASA Presentation on Advocacy Efforts in Support of Students with Language Based Learning Disabilities

– They are a private parent group of 300+ members with students with disabilities, and they have two private online forums where parents can share advocacy advice and resources.

– SEPAC is public and not limited to parents, while they are private, with parents-only membership.

– They looked at what they perceive to be system-wide issues related to reading and reading support in Arlington Public Schools. Many parents are grateful to educators who work very hard for their children, but they are working in a system that they believe is stacked against them.

– The current concern is that if students aren’t proficient readers by the spring of third grade, they will be left behind in fourth grade, when students typically go from “learning to read” to “reading to learn”. Reading becomes one of the main ways that content is taught to fourth graders, and up to half of the printed fourth grade curriculum is potentially incomprehensible to students who read below grade level. Currently, their specific concerns are that there has been an under-identification of students with language-based learning disabilities such as dyslexia in APS* (12.2%-17.7%) vs. the State Average (23.7%-24.7%), evidence-based curriculum (both in GenEd and Special Ed settings) isn’t currently used, and there aren’t enough staff to implement the current supports

– They perceive that there currently isn’t enough teacher training and certification in evidence-based reading instruction for Special Educators. There currently is overlap between GenEd and SPED supports within academic support pullout services. They asked that more of these supports be part of the General Education setting, such as within the heterogeneous groupings that Principal Janger mentioned.

– There are currently significant gaps between GenEd and SPED students, and parents surveyed believed that there are low expectations for SPED student performance within APS.

– Parents are pleased that APS are improving early identification of students with dyslexia and related learning disabilities. They aren’t sure how these efforts of earlier intervention and improved professional development to staff on reading-related issues compares to State Law requirements on reading intervention, and they aren’t sure what can and has been done to support older students with Language-Based Learning Disabilities.

*(Based on analysis of available data and data collection from their membership)

Public Participation / New Business / Open Discussion

Announcements

– Our next meeting is on Tuesday, April 12th, at 9:00am. On that same evening, we will be hosting a Parent Social Hour at the same Zoom link, at 7:30pm.

– April’s meeting will focus on the District describing their reading programs, and what changes are starting to happen and will happen to the reading curriculum and supports at the elementary level.

Adjourn

SEPAC March 8th Evening Business Meeting Agenda

3/8/22 Zoom Meeting

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ARLINGTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS

In accordance with the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 30A Section 20, notice is hereby given for the following meeting of the Special Education Parent Advisory Council,

Tuesday, March 8th, 7:30pm

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AGENDA

  1. Call to Order
  2. Approve minutes
  3. Officers/committee reports
  4. Planning Workshops for the coming year
  5. APS Staff reports – Presentation on Heterogeneous Classes by AHS Principal Matthew Janger
  6. TASA Presentation on their Advocacy Efforts in Support of Students with Language Based Learning Disabilities
  7. Public participation / New business / Open discussion
  8. Announcements
  9. Adjourn

Arlington Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEPAC) is a parent group that acts as a resource for parents and advises the district regarding meeting the needs of students with special needs.  We provide support and networking opportunities for parents and guardians of children with special educational needs, offer workshops and guest speakers to help parents become better informed about special education issues. We meet regularly with school officials to participate in the planning, development and evaluation of special education programs in town.

We hope you will join us!

SEPAC Meeting Minutes – February 8, 2022

Call to Order

Introductions – Inae Hwang, Sarah Barton, Alison Elmer, Chris Carlson, Louisa Popkin, Kristin Burke, Audrey LaVallee, Kate Hadden, Tracy Perneta, Calpurnyia Roberts, Michele Phelan, Cheryl Miller, Claire Johnson, Sheherazade Essack, Kusum Thummalapalli, and Stephanie Trinkle attended.

Meeting Minutes – Meeting Minutes from January 2022 were approved.

Officer Committee Reports – 

– We just held the Crafting Minds workshop with Sarah Gannon, and it was well-attended, even by people from outside the district. The slides from this presentation are up on the District Special Education page, our website, and the link to them is also up on the Facebook page.

– Tonight we are holding a parent-only listening session, in conjunction with our survey that we sent out. We had 122 responses already to our survey, and are already seeing a number of common threads that might be able to be addressed at the State level, such as how school refusal is dealt with (a punitive vs. a mental health response). We are having representative Sean Garballey at a future meeting to present the results that can be addressed at the state level.

– The results of our survey will be published after they are aggregated.

– Our April meeting is going to have a focus on staff who work on the General Education reading curriculum, such as Dr. MacNeal, the APS ELA director, Reading Staff, and Reading Coaches, so get those questions ready.

APS Staff Reports –

– The Superintendent will present her budget proposal to the School Committee, and if the School Committee approves the budget then it will be presented for approval to the Finance Committee. Once it is approved by the Finance Committee, it becomes part of the Town Manager’s budget, which is voted on at the Town Meeting in May.

– We are looking forward to some of our upcoming presentations, such as the presentation on the Elementary ELA curriculum, and the upcoming School Committee presentation on social-emotional needs of students during the pandemic by Director of Social Emotional Learning Sarah Burd.

– Dr. Janger, the principal of AHS, and the heterogeneous learning working group, is looking at other areas, such as Science and ELA, where the heterogeneous classroom model can be applied. There is evidence that there is more equity for traditionally marginalized students who participate in heterogeneous classes, and that participation has led to these students taking higher-level courses in later years. Dr. Janger will be presenting on heterogeneous instruction at our March meeting.

Public Participation/New Business –

– We hope to get Rep. Sean Garballey to attend our May meeting.

– At our May meeting we will also be holding nominations for the SEPAC board, so if you want to be considered for one of our positions, feel free to nominate yourself.

– Maybe next year, since we are out of space for this year, we can have Jeffrey Benson do a presentation on Growth Mindset

– Stephanie Trinkle mentioned that she spoke with Laura Rodriguez (a district SEL coach), and found that the Second Step curriculum hasn’t been included in the curriculum for all grades. She mentioned that her second-grader is just starting the curriculum in February, rather than having it introduced at the beginning of the year. She also talked to her about how some of the tools that have been recommended for her child aren’t always accessible, such as using mindfulness when they have a disability such as ADHD or anxiety.

– Alison mentioned that the Second Step curriculum is being phased in gradually, so not all teachers have implemented it yet. Inae mentioned that a few years back Sarah Burd talked about rolling out the Second Step curriculum, starting in Kindergarten, so it was planned to be a gradual roll-out.

Announcements –

– We are holding the Parent/Caregiver Listening Session tonight at 7:30 at the same link as this meeting.

– Our March presentation is Dr. Janger on Heterogeneous Groupings, April is Reading Curriculum/Specialists, May is Rep Garballey, and June is elections.

– We usually hold social hours at night when we have morning meetings.

Adjourn

February 8th SEPAC Morning Business Meeting Agenda

2/8/22 Zoom Meeting

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ARLINGTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS
In accordance with the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 30A Section
20, notice is hereby given for the following meeting of the Special Education Parent
Advisory Council,
Tuesday, February 8th, 9:00am

Join the Arlington SEPAC Recurring Zoom Meeting:


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AGENDA

  1. Call to Order
  2. Approve minutes
  3. Officers/committee reports
  4. Planning Workshops for the coming year.
  5. APS Staff reports
  6. Public participation / New business / Open discussion
  7. Announcements
  8. Adjourn

Arlington Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEPAC) is a parent group that acts as a
resource for parents and advises the district regarding meeting the needs of students with special needs. We provide support and networking opportunities for parents and guardians of children with special educational needs, offer workshops and guest speakers to help parents become better informed about special education issues. We meet regularly with school officials to participate in the planning, development and evaluation of special education programs in town. We hope you will join us!