The Special Education Advisory Council provides an opportunity for parents/guardians of students receiving special education services to provide their perspective in 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.

2017-2018 Meeting Dates, Topics and Notes

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 11 Meeting Notes
Welcome Back to school, team introductions and SEAC goals and initiatives for the year.

October 9 Meeting Notes
Transitions: Parent/staff round table discussion regarding transitions. What we have learned that would be beneficial to share with other families.

November 13 (No Meeting Notes)
District 279 SEAC Community Resource Fair

December - No Meeting

January 8 (No Meeting Notes)
Focus work for our inclusion initiative.

February 12 Meeting Notes
Topic: Inclusion:  Advocating for inclusion on your child’s behalf for community and city programs.
Speakers: Jen Gillard, Recreation Supervisor for Recreation and Parks Department in Brooklyn Park and Emily Miller, Director of Adaptive Recreation with Reach for Resources.
Meeting Notes - 02/12/18 (google doc)

March 12 
Topic Inclusion: An overview/update on what district staff has implemented or is currently working on to promote inclusion in our schools.
Speakers: Jan Bitzer and Joy Fredrickson, Student Services Coordinators for Osseo Area Schools, and Nick Cedergren from Special Olympics Minnesota. 

April 9 
Focus work for our inclusion initiative, The Transition IEP (Grade 9 through age 21)--what do you need to know to be an effective advocate for your child?

May 14 
End of the year gathering.  More details will follow.


Student Services Contact
Kate Emmons
Director of Student Services


Kate Emmons

Jill Lesné
Assistant Director