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100-Day Plan – Listen & Learn Session – Nov 19, 2015 – Advanced Work Classes, Mass Core

Here is all of the detailed info for this General Meeting.

BPS is providing opportunities for all families – students with special needs and those in regular education – to give their feedback on the proposed expansion of Advanced Work Classes and BPS Graduation Requirements as recommended by Mass Core.

In its 100-Day Plan, under the direction of new superintendent, Dr. Tommy Chang, the District identifies core values that will guide its work of based on input from students, families, staff, community members and partners.  The 100-Day plan kicked off on September 8, 2015, and the District continues to listen and learn about what schools are doing well and what needs to be done to better support all students.  Parent, family and caregiver input will drive this process in obtaining key information for BPS’s
Three-Year Plan which will be unveiled in September 2016.

Child care and interpretation services will be available, please request by Nov. 17.

Please RSVP by calling TaWonia Watkins at (617) 635-7750

Mass Core Excerpt regarding Special Education
What are the implications for students with disabilities?
Studies show that students are more likely to pass high-level than low-level high school courses, including students receiving special education services. However, some high school special needs students will require extra support to meet more rigorous high school expectations.  There are no waiver provisions for particular disabilities for MassCore completion, however schools and districts should pay special attention to a student’s individualized education program (IEP) and transition plan to ensure that students are enrolled in appropriate coursework.

Full Details, Links and Info:
BPS Flyer 100-Day_Plan_Parents_SpeakUp_Flier_FINAL
SpedPac Flyer BPS_spedpac_flyer_Nov-19-2015_w_SPanish_AWC_MassCore
Mass Core Files:
Q & A – masscore_q&a_Oct-2015
Report – MassCore_Report_91714_FINAL
Presentation – graduation_requirements_2016
Excel – gradrequirements_2016_MassCore



Transition Services – Gen. Meeting March-27-2014

Here is the video from our 3-27-14 Workshop on Transition Services

Transition Services Workshop for Parents of Students with Disabilities
Sponsored by Boston SpedPac in partnership with the Boston Public Schools
Guest Presenters – Pamela Coveney, Attorney – Disability Law Center
Erica Sandlin, Transition Specialist – BPS
Meg Stone, Director – IMPACT: Ability
Glenn Gabbard, ICE Coordinator – Executive Office of Education (MA)
Johanne Pino – MAC

Workshop Transition Services – for Education, Work and Independent Living
Pamela will provide an overview of  the law and the basics of Transition Services for special needs children ages 14-22.

Transition Presentations:
Erica Sandlin – BPS Transition Specialist – Transitions Services Within BPS
Meg Stone – IMPACT: Ability – Empowering people with disabilities through safety & self-advocacy trainings – Live Safety Demonstration
Glenn Gabbard – ICE Coordinator – Executive Office of Education (MA)
The Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment (ICE) Program enables students with disabilities to participate in the college experience while still in high school.
Optional Program – Think College
Johanne Pino – Massachusetts Advocates for Children – MAC
Transition Workshops @ Dorchester Boys & Girls Club – Project B.I.N.D.

General Meeting – 3/27/14
Transition Services
Pamela Coveney, Attorney
Disability Law Center

Basic Rights Workshop 2-27-14 – Pamela Coveney

Here is the video from our 2-27-14 Workshop on  Basic Rights

Watch on our YouTube Channel

2-27-14 Basic Rights Flyer

Presentation – Basic Rights
This workshop provides families with an introduction to their rights and responsibilities under:

  • The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
  • Massachusetts Special Education Law
  • No Child Left Behind (NCLB).

It is designed to help parents learn how to be effective partners with their child’s school to decide the child’s eligibility for special education, and to plan, make decisions and monitor their child’s progress in school.

General Meeting – 2/27/14
Basic Rights
Pamela Coveney, Attorney
Disability Law Center

Basic Rights Presentation-DLC
Basic Right Appendix – DLC
Disability Law Center Brochure


BSP September 26, 2013 General Meeting

Here is the video from our Sept. 2013 GM.

Starting your year off right  PDF in English and Spanish

“Start Your Year Off Right” Workshop for Parents of Students with Disabilities Sponsored by Boston SpedPac in partnership with the Boston Public Schools Guest Presenter – Eileen Nash, Deputy Superintendent of Individualized Learning – BPS

PresentationStart your year off right Carolyn will go over the basics of how to start your child’s year off pre-pared and ready.

New SpedPac Technology Update John will give a demonstration of the SpedPac website.

A Parent’s Story – SpedPac Board Members Each month, we will introduce members the SpedPac Board.  We will tell our stories and how we are helping to make BPS better for all children with Special Needs. Carolyn and John will Tell Their Stories

SpEd Update – Eileen Nash – BPS Eileen will provide an overview of Special Education issues within BPS.