SEPAC MEETING for South Orange Maplewood School District
Thursday January 9, 2014 7:00-9:00pm
District Meeting Room 525 Academy Street
Maplewood NJ 07040
Prior to the official start of the meeting, from 7-7:30, new parents introduced themselves, networked with other parents, and sought peer suggestions about how to proceed with advocating on behalf of their individual children.
At 7:30, SEPAC President Jane Bleasdale opened the meeting, introduced members of the District staff and Board of Education (BOE) who were in attendance, and introduced the guest speaker, Dr. Lydia E. Furnari, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum/Instruction, who presented an abbreviated version of a presentation she gave to the BOE in October regarding Common Core Curriculum Standards (CCCS) and the process and impact of their adoption by the South Orange /Maplewood School District. (The full slide presentation is appended below.)
After her talk, Dr. Furnari fielded questions from parents about how CCCS affects the way teachers differentiate instruction and provide supports for students with varying special needs.
The meeting concluded with a brief review by SEPAC Board members of 2013-14 priorities, especially strengthening communications between District faculty and staff and parents, and progress to date. For instance, one outcome of a recent meeting with the Director of Special Services was the scheduling of an Inclusion Committee meeting (including parent representatives) to hear the District Management Council’s recommendations. This meeting was set for January 21st but was canceled due to weather. It is now on the calendar for March 3.