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Visioning Session moved to Trail’s End

The visioning session that was scheduled for today at 5:30 pm at the Ripley Administration Building has been moved to 7:15 pm -8:30 pm at Trail’s End. We hope to see you there!


Due to the weather, the board meeting for March 8th, 2018 will be canceled.

Urgent Board Meeting 2/5/18 – 7:30 pm

There will be a presentation and discussion about the 2018-19 CPS and CCHS school budgets with the School Committee members Heather Bout and Melissa Morrow and we will be reviewing the following School Committee policies on Special Education:

Please join us! All are welcome!

School Committee Hosts Budget Info Coffee

Budget Information Coffee: Wednesday, 1/24 10:30-11:30 
You’ve seen teachers outside the schools with signs saying “Fund the Budget!”  You’ve heard rumors of cuts.  You’ve been asked to show up at the Finance Committee meeting January 25th to ask them to raise the guideline.  You’re wondering what’s going on…
Come find out!  The School Committee is hosting a coffee to answer questions about the 2018-19 Budget and the Finance Committee guideline.
School Committee Budget Coffee 
Wednesday, January 24, 10:30-11:30am 
Ripley Conference Room 4  
For more information or further info if you can’t make it, email Heather Bout (; Chair, Concord School Committee.

Happy January!

In our January 2018 Newsletter,  read about how outdoor activities in natural settings are not only fun but may also have added benefits for children with ADHD.

Join us at our upcoming Board Meeting on Thursday, January 11 12:30 pm at the Concord Fowler Library. Our meetings are always open to the public. Come see what great things SEPAC has in store.

We hope you had a wonderful holiday season and wish you and your family a happy and healthy 2018!

Decoding Dyslexia-12/7/17

Don’t miss it!

The Science of Reading Difficulties Workshop

Hosted by the Concord Public Schools and Concord-Carlisle Regional School District Special Education Parent Advisory Council

➢ Does your child find reading a challenge?
➢ Would you like to understand more about dyslexia?
➢ Can knowing about dyslexia help all struggling readers?
➢ How do you look at reading instruction and goals and recognize what will be effective?
➢ Do you have specific questions for a dyslexia expert?

This workshop will provide an introduction to the topic for parents whose kids struggle to read. It will also provide you with tools to help you better advocate for your child’s reading skill development.

When: Thursday, December 7th, 2017 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Where: Concord-Carlisle Regional High School, Learning Commons (inside main entrance)
Presented by: Nancy Duggan, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Decoding Dyslexia Massachusetts (DDMA)

For planning purposes please RSVP via Eventbrite

Our November Newsletter

We are excited to showcase our newly revamped newsletter!  In this issue, we feature the great adaptive and inclusive classes offered through Concord Recreation. In addition, we review some exciting new research examining a reading program that increases positive feelings about academic reading in children. We hope you enjoy our November newsletter and look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming events!

Join Us!

Join us for Basic Rights in Special Education

  • Want to understand how to navigate the complexities of
    special education?
  •  Need some help with learning how to advocate?
  • Want to understand your child’s Basic Rights better?
  • Have specific questions for an expert?

If you answer ‘yes’ to any of these questions, please join us at our Basic Rights workshop. The event will provide you with an overall understanding of the special education laws and procedures. You will learn how to better develop the partnership with your child’s school and understand your rights and responsibilities under Massachusetts
Education Law.

When: November 7, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Where: Concord-Carlisle Regional High School, Learning Commons (inside main entrance)
Presented by: Federation for Children with Special Needs
For planning purposes, an RSVP is appreciated but not required.

Jointly hosted by the Concord Public/Concord-Carlisle Regional SEPAC and the Carlisle SEPAC.

For CCHS Parents-

As discussed last year at school committee, CCRSD has now engaged WestED to conduct a special education program review on October 19th and October 20th. As part of this process, consultants from WestEd will visit classrooms and assemble focus groups comprised of students, parents, tutors, general education staff, special education staff, and members of the leadership team.
If you are interested in participating in a focus group please fill out the attached form.  Although we will do our best to include everyone interested, it might not be possible to accommodate all willing.  
Parent Focus Groups are tentatively scheduled for:
October 19, 2017 at 7pm at CCHS
October 20, 2017 at 9am at CCHS
Thank you for your interest and your continued support of special education at CCHS!
WestEd Mission
WestEd — a nonpartisan, nonprofit research, development, and service agency — works with education and other communities throughout the United States and abroad to promote excellence, achieve equity, and improve learning for children, youth, and adults.

Vision and Goals

Join us to discuss and determine the SEPAC’s vision and goals for the future.

Where: Ripley Administration Building Conference Rm. 1

When: Thursday, October 12, 2017, 7:00 pm

Light refreshments will be served.


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