Advocacy Workshop May 5th

We are partnering with the START Project to host a workshop for our May meeting:

Family-Educator Collaboration in the IEP Process:  A Joint Training Activity for Parents and Educators
Families Can Make A Difference!

In special education, collaboration between parents and educators is essential to ensuring that the student is the central focus. During this training, parents and educators will explore techniques and strategies that enhance parent/educator collaboration in the IEP process. Tools that advance ongoing parent/educator collaboration in the IEP process will be shared.

Date: Monday, May 5th Time 7pm-9pm

Location: South Orange Maplewood School District Administration Building,
525 Academy Street, Maplewood, New Jersey. 07040

Presenter: Myriam Alizo, Parent Group Specialist, START Project  (Statewide Parent Advocacy Network)

Who should attend: Parents and educators of children who are already receiving special education services and parents and educators of children who are having difficulty in school but may have not been determined to be eligible for special education services will benefit from this training.

The START Project is a collaboration of the New Jersey Department of Education Office of Special Education (NJOSE) and Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN) Funded by IDEA Part B funds

Information from SOM District on Inclusion and School Budget

The SOM School District posted two articles of interest to families with special education needs, one on the School Budget for 2014-2015 and one on Models of Inclusion.

Link to Budget Documents 2014-2015 as of April 4, 2014

Link to Models of Inclusion from South Orange Maplewood School District

The Models of Inclusion document, published in April 2014, contains the following topics:

What is inclusion?
What is an IEP?
What is “co-teaching?”
What is “in class consultation?”
Is SOMSD reducing inclusion classes?
Is anything changing in the special education services provided to students with disabilities?
Is SOMSD reducing the number of classes using co-teaching strategies?
How will general education teachers for inclusion classes be supported?
How will the effectiveness of the new approach be reported for special education students?
If the new approach is not meeting a student’s needs, what will be done to adjust their services?
Are you making adjustments to save money?
What can I do if I have questions?

The Department of Special Services encourages parents/guardians to contact their case manager with questions specific to their own child.  Parents/guardians are also welcome to contact Dr. Patricia Barker, Director of Special Services, at 973-762-5600 ext. 1841 or