How Can Special Education Parent Advisory Groups (SEPAGs) Engage Families to Support Learning for ALL Students?
A local Special Education Parent Advisory Group (SEPAG) gives parents the opportunity to provide direct input to their school district about policies, programs, practices, and services that have an impact on students with disabilities and their families. An effective SEPAG can also increase the proactive engagement of families of struggling learners and/or those with social-emotional, behavioral and chronic healthcare needs by inviting input that can be used to improve educational outcomes and well-being for ALL students. In addition, an active SEPAG can help foster partnership and collaboration between families, schools, and the community on the local as well as state level.
Please answer this brief survey to share your SEPAG’s influence and expertise in partnering with the local school community that has the potential to improve outcomes for ALL students.
1. What parent groups does your local SEPAG partner with? For example, district’s Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO), Parent Teacher Association (PTA), or Home and School Association (HSA). How has this partnership impacted student achievement and school improvement?
2. What school or district-level committees does your local SEPAG have representatives on? For example, School Climate Team, Health Advisory Committee, Title 1 committee, or Bilingual/English as a Second Language (ESL) committee, or Literacy Committee. How has this partnership impacted student achievement and school improvement?
3. What community-based organizations does your local SEPAG partner with? For example, faith-based groups, Family Success Center, County Council for Young Children (CCYC), Family Support Organization, Urban League, or local library branch. How has this partnership impacted student achievement and school improvement?
4. What public service or non-profit organizations does your SEPAG have relationships with? For example, intramural sports, Coalition for a Safe Community, local government/council, mayor’s office, or police association league (PAL). How has this partnership impacted student achievement and school improvement?
5. What regional and state-level organizations does your local SEPAG partner with? For example, Parents Inc., Regional Family Support Planning Council (RFSPC), State Special Education Advisory Council, or National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). How has this partnership impacted student achievement and school improvement?
Please share other ideas about how SEPAGs and their members can create and support learning environments for ALL students. We greatly appreciate your suggestions!
Please provide your name/SEPAG name and contact information if you are willing to be contacted about your response. All submissions will remain anonymous.
If you need information about any of these groups, organizations, and committees, please feel free to reach out to the START-EPSD Project team or your school district. Thank you for your participation!
~ The START-Engaging Parents of Students with Disabilities (START-EPSD) Project Team
Website: spanadvocacy.org/programs/start/
Phone: (973) 642-8100 x123
Email: start@spanadvocacy.org
Twitter: @STARTNJ
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