The Special Education Advisory Council provides an opportunity for parents/guardians of students receiving special education services to collaborate with and advise staff regarding district policy and decision-making.

The Council:

  • Advises ISD 279 on policy and decisions affecting and/or related to special education;
  • Provides parent involvement in the program improvement process;
  • Recommends priorities to be addressed in planning; and
  • Provides parent/guardian perspectives on matters related to special education.

Any parent or guardian of a child with disabilities may participate. Staff, including administrators, teachers, support staff and paraprofessionals, are also encouraged to participate.

2016-2017 meeting dates (topics added as they are developed)

Unless otherwise noted, all meetings take place from 6:30-8:00 pm at the Educational Service Center, 11200 93rd Ave N, Maple Grove. 

September 12 – Welcome back to school. Come and meet the district coordinators and learn about Student Services priority work. 

September 15 – PACER Center presents, “Pathway to the Future—Using the IEP to Develop Transition Services.”  Visit to register.  Workshop will be held at Maple Grove Community Center from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Pizza available at 5:30.

October 10 -- PACER Center presents “The ABC’s of the IEP for Transition Age Students and Their Parents” Workshop, which will be held at Maple Grove Community Center from 6:00-8:00 pm. Visit to register. Pizza available at 5:30. 

November 14 — Inclusion – How is the appropriate setting chosen for students?

January 9 – Transitions – How do we ensure students are prepared to handle transitions between programs and schools?

February 13 — Options for Summer! Camps, extra-curricular activities, adaptive sports, etc.
Meeting NotesNuts and Bolts presentation

March 13 — Working with your IEP team to utilize the results of your child’s three-year evaluation in order to write appropriate IEP goals.

April 10 — Speaker, topic yet to be determined.

May 8 — End of the year celebration at Sundance Bowl.


Kate Emmons
Director of Student Services