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11/14/20

Prepare Students with Learning Differences for College, Career & More

Session 1: Who Will I Become?; Tues., Nov. 17, 2020, 7-8 p.m. EST
Register: bit.ly/SFCTransitionSeries

Session 2: College Bound with Challenges; Thurs., Dec. 3, 2020, 7-8 p.m. EST
Register: bit.ly/SFCTransitionSeriesCollege

Session Three: Learning & Doing: When College Isn’t Your First Next Step; Tues., Jan. 12, 2021, 7-8 p.m. EST
Register: bit.ly/SFCTransitionSeriesCareer

Learn more at bit.ly/HSTransitionSeries

10/29/20

Threshold Program

Threshold continues to serve students in their life-long journey of independence and growth—even during these unprecedented times. We are an incredible community—it is so very special!

 

Now, more than ever, students with learning differences need Lesley’s support. We are writing to request that you spread the word to your networks about just how impactful the program is. Below you will find information about our live, interactive Virtual Information Session on Monday, November 2, which will include a panel comprised of current Threshold students and staff. It is sure to be engaging and dynamic!

 

Threshold Program Virtual Information Session
Monday, November 2, 4:00-6:00pm EST

 

 

As well, you may also wish to guide anyone interested toward our new webpage, where prospective families can take a virtual tour, read detailed program information and FAQs, and watch videos.

 

Thank you in advance for any help you can offer in inspiring and sharing with members of your community exactly how rewarding the Threshold program is. We appreciate your time, testimony, and support.

 

Ernst VanBergeijk
Professor and Director
Threshold Program
10/17/20

Student Forum: Advocating for Your Rights Beyond the Book

If you have not yet registered for Advocating for Your Rights Beyond the Book, please join Bookshare on Thursday, October 22, 2020, at 5 pm Pacific/ 8 pm Eastern.

You will hear from Betsy Beaumon, Benetech CEO, and Bookshare members in different stages of high school, college and career. They will provide advice to help you advocate for what you need in school, living situations and future employment.

You do not have to be a Bookshare member to attend, so please share with anyone you know who is interested in disability rights and accessible materials in high school and college. Thank you to those who have already reserved your spot.

  • Topic: Bookshare Student Forum: Advocating for Your Rights Beyond the Book
  • Date: Thursday, October 22, 2020
  • Time: 5:00 pm Pacific/8:00 pm Eastern
10/13/20

10_29_20 @ 7 PM_Basic Special Education Rights

 

Zoom:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81038032832?pwd=YWxIOThnajk4UXgwWkRiQmd6YVlPQT09

Meeting ID:  810 3803 2832

Passcode:   896366

Dial In: +1 929-205-6099

 

Spanish

Cabo Verdean Creole

Chinese

Arabic

Bengali

 

Vietnamese

Somali

Portuguese

Haitian Creole

French

08/19/20

School Committee Meeting: School Reopening Plan Update_8/19

BOSTON SCHOOL COMMITTEE REMOTE MEETING

The Boston School Committee will be meeting remotely on August 19 at 5 p.m.

JOIN THE ZOOM MEETING

Or join by phone:

 Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

 US: +1 301 715 8592  or +1 312 626 6799  or +1 929 205 6099  or +1 253 215 8782  or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 669 900 6833

 Webinar ID: 992 7735 9753

   International numbers available

DISCUSSION TOPICS

  1.  Agenda
    • Pledge of Allegiance
    • Roll Call
    • Approval of Meeting Minutes: August 5, 2020
    • Superintendent’s Report
    • Reports
      • School Reopening Planning Update
      • Policy Regarding Preparing and Sharing Student Incident Reports and Other Student Information with the Boston Police Department
    • General Public Comment
    • Action Items
      • Grants for Approval Totaling $62,889,945
    • Temporary Suspension of Maximum Age Assignment and Enrollment Policy
    • Superintendent’s School Year 2019-2020 Final Performance Evaluation Rating and SY 2020-2021 Goals
    • Report
    • Connecting Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) and Boston Public Schools (BPS): Proposal for a Connector System between UPK programs and BPS
    • Public Comment on Reports (Optional)
    • New Business
    • Adjourn

     

08/13/20

Compensatory Services -Basic Principles

With Tim Sindelar Esq. & Constance Hilton Esq. 
 
Tuesday Evening, September 15th 
School building closures in 2020 resulted in cessation of services and remote learning services that proved to be inappropriate, and inadequate for many students with disabilities. Many of these students will require some form of compensatory services. This webinar will provide both the theoretical and practical basis for presenting these claims.
  1. Review of the basic principles for compensatory services for students with disabilities.
  2. Compensatory services in light of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
  3. The mechanics of seeking compensatory services.
  4. Building the best case for compensatory services.
  5. Fashioning appropriate relief
  6. Barriers to seeking relief: statute of limitations, burden of proof, “clean hands”.
  7. Making a case in these “challenging times.”
When:
Tuesday Evening, September 15, 2020
6:30 to 9:00 pm
Where:
Virtual Presentation Via Zoom Webinar 
Registration Rates:
Member $25
Non-Member $40
Registration closes on Sunday September 13th. Walk-in/late registrations please email info@spanmass.org for availability.
Presenters 
Tim Sindelar, Esq. 
 
Tim Sindelar has been a practicing attorney for more than 43 years with a practice specializing in disability and education issues for the last 25 years. After spending 25 years in public interest law, he started a solo practice in Newton, where he represents students and their families and adults with disabilities. He has had the pleasure of working on a wide range of matters, representing 100s of families at the BSEA and in state and federal courts.
Constance Hilton, Esq. 
 
Connie Hilton has recently retired from private practice after more than thirty years representing children with disabilities and their families in special education cases and other school related matters. Connie also served as a guardian ad litem in probate court and juvenile court cases. Connie previously served as a hearing officer for the Bureau of Special Education Appeals (BSEA) and as a staff attorney with the Massachusetts Office for Children (OFC).
08/7/20

SpEd Reopening Question & Answer Meeting

Please RSVP here.

Thursday, August 13, 2020
6:00-7:30p
Zoom: https://bit.ly/2PqdmWn Meeting ID: 999 2061 9783
Passcode: 013617

08/4/20

BPS Reopening Fall 2020, Draft 1

BPS Reopening Plan Draft 1

07/21/20

Reopening Schools for Special Education Families July 28th Meeting

Tuesday, July 28,
6:00-7:30 pm
Reopening Schools for Special Education Families
Register here

 

Boston Public Schools (BPS) is conducting meetings with students, families, staff, district partners, and community members to gather input to help develop a plan for remote learning and the reopening of school buildings for this upcoming school year. We value your input. More meetings are being scheduled so that you can voice your concerns and recommendations.  

The health, safety, and well-being of our students and staff remain our top priority. All decisions are made based on current guidelines from public health officials and what is best for our community.

All public meetings will be recorded and shared. No Boston Public School internal meetings will be shared publicly.

Get involved! Contact communityengagement@bostonpublicschools.org and join the discussion.

UPCOMING MEETINGS

05/2/20

4_30_20 SpEd PAC General Virtual Meeting

This meeting starts with Melanie R. Jarboe & Alicia Warren – Special Education Attorneys at Kotin, Crabtree & Strong. The first part of the presentation is about Transition. At 31:10 mins the presentation addresses COVID-19.
Marcia Fitzpatrick, Assistant Director of Transition Services starts her presentation at 49:45.
At 1:06:49 min the Q&A with Kotin, Crabtree & Strong attorneys, and district Special education leadership starts with a Transition question and COVID-19 questions follow.