Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. -Helen Keller
We invite you to volunteer and join a community of parents working together to ensure understanding, respect, support, and the appropriate education of all students on an IEP or 504 plan. Volunteering is a great way to get to know the administration, teachers, and staff in our districts. You’ll also learn more about special education and the many opportunities and resources available for your child. Please consider volunteering for one of the following open positions.
Open Volunteer Positions 2018-2019
- Events Chair
- Communications Chair
- School Liaison-Concord Middle School
Smaller committee support opportunities are available. Let us know your talents and job preferences.
Below find a list of volunteer positions and responsibilities:
- Preside at all meetings of the SEPAC and attend PTG Presidents Meeting
- Draft the agenda for each general meeting
- Recommend the creation of and monitor the function of sub-committees
- Monitor and facilitate the activities of other Officers
- Monitor compliance with the Bylaws and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Regulations
- Act as liaison with the district and school officials and representatives, including the Special Education Administrator, the School Committee, the Superintendent, the Principals, and the Educators
- Lead efforts to advise the district on matters that pertain to the education and safety of students with disabilities
- Coordinate regular meetings with school officials to participate in the planning, development, and evaluation of the school district’s special education programs.
- Report to the Special Education Administrator regarding SEPAC activities and needs
- Identify and pursue ways to collaborate on common goals
- Funnel parent/guardian feedback to the Concord SEPAC Board and the Special Education Administrator
- Act as liaison between parents/guardians of students with disabilities or suspected disabilities and the Administrator of Special Education.
- Transition knowledge and expertise to the next Chair upon the end of term
- Take meeting minutes
- Draft and distribute approved general meeting minutes to Publicity and Technology for public posting
- Maintain an accurate attendance log of meeting attendees
- Count and record all vote results
- Responsible for public comment forms at meetings
- Book meeting locations in handicap accessible facility
- Serve as coordinators to school liaisons
- Lead efforts to encourage parents to get more involved in the Concord SEPAC
- Coordinate efforts to recruit parents from each school, program, and out-of-district placements to become members
- Coordinate communication with non-English speaking parents/guardians of children on IEP’s or 504’s
- Lead event planning
- Maintain an accurate attendance log of all events
- Recruit assistance from publicity and communications, and community
- Coordinate event planning sub-committee
- Coordinate event logistics (book location, speakers, date and time, refreshments, etc.)
- Publicize events and meetings to the schools and general public
- Post meeting minutes to the Town Clerks of Concord and Carlisle, according to the regulations of Massachusetts Open Meeting Law
- Post events to the SEPAC Calendar and Facebook page
- Write and distribute bi-monthly newsletter
- Create a biennial survey to be distributed to all parents/guardians of children receiving special education services in the district
- Coordinate SEPAC Appreciation Awards
- Oversee, maintain, and/or improve online tools implemented by the SEPAC to include but not be limited to: Facebook, Twitter, Website, blog posts, the creation of flyers, visual presentations (ex: slides)
- Post newsletters, meeting agendas, and minutes on the website
Non-Board Positions-roles and responsibilities
- School PTG/Parent Liaison
- The role of the SEPAC liaison is to represent the SEPAC at various events, help connect parents to the resources SEPAC offers, stay abreast of school happenings, and share information about their school to the SEPAC Board.
The Liaison will:
- Attend school meetings and events such as PTG meetings, Special Education coffees, informational sessions, back-to-school nights, and other school meetings and events.
- Organize a table and represent SEPAC at back-to-school night for their school
- Listen to any parent concern, suggestion, or question brought to the attention of the liaison and then bring that information to the SEPAC board always keeping the source of that information confidential
- Attend SEPAC meetings when possible and update the board on an as-needed basis.
Other volunteer positions:
- Events Committee-assist the Event Chair in organizing SEPAC sponsored events. Duties may include but not limited to:
- Reserving space
- Organizing refreshments
- Set up and break down of event
- Publicity Committee– assist the Publicity Chair with publicizing events and meetings and help with the composition of press releases.
- Fundraising Committee-assist Fundraising Chair in organizing fundraising events
- Newsletter-contribute current and relevant special education information for the monthly newsletter that is distributed to SEPAC parents/guardians and SEPAC members.
Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering. There are many rewarding volunteer opportunities where we can utilize your interests and skills.