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Special Education Advisory Council

The purpose of the Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC) is to represent the interests of district learners with disabilities from birth through age 21; advise the Special Education Department on current issues, program development, parental concerns and involvement, and department priorities; serve as an advocate for high quality special education programs, and promote communication between family, school and community, actively seeking input from students and parents.

Members

Members include 20 to 25 people, including district parents, community representatives, students with a disability and school staff; approximately half of the members are parents and parent advocates of diverse disability areas. SEAC offers members a unique opportunity to advise the district and help other families and children with disabilities. Our members offer valuable insights into experiences that help guide the work of the district in providing equitable learning opportunities for all students. If you're looking for an opportunity to learn more about effectively working with the district, increasing your knowledge regarding special education and positively impact your community, join SEAC!

What is the role of members?

  • Review and abide by SEAC bylaws, including confidentiality of person-specific information shared in meetings or in SEAC-related activities. 
  • Attend scheduled meetings: To remain in current standing, members are required to attend at least 50 percent of the meetings scheduled in a year.  In addition, members share equally in the responsibility to serve on related SEAC subcommittees or task forces as needed.
  • Prepare for meetings: Read SEAC agendas, minutes, reports, and related materials. Provide requested input prior to meetings. Come prepared to discuss agenda items using relevant examples or supporting information. 
  • Participate in meetings: Provide requested feedback. Contribute ideas for solutions. Identify barriers or challenges experienced by other families; represent family concerns; focus on student needs as a group, rather than on individual student concerns. Share personal experiences as they relate to decisions regarding policies and procedures; ask clarifying questions. 
  • Encourage parent involvement and participation; participate in community awareness activities and information sharing with families in the district. 
  • Work collaboratively with the school district’s special education director as well as other school personnel and SEAC parent and community members to fulfill the local SEAC’s purpose and mission.

Meetings

Meetings are held from 6-8 p.m. at the District Office (Dakota Room), 3455 153rd Street West, Rosemount, MN 55068. Meetings scheduled for the school year are as follows:

  • September 12, 2019
  • October 10, 2019
  • December 5, 2019
  • February 20, 2020
  • April 16, 2020

Contact

For more information about the SEAC, contact Director of Special Education Janet Fimmen at Janet.Fimmen@district196.org or 651-423-7629.

Upcoming Events

Super Saturday-Free Parent Education Conference
Nov. 16 | 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Prior lake High School

Join NAMI Minnesota and Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools Community Education for a free Super Saturday Parent Education Conference at Prior Lake High School, 7575 150th Street West, Savage. This event is designed to meet the needs of biological, foster and adoptive parents, family members, paraprofessionals, and others who work with or care for children with and without a mental health diagnosis.

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NAVIGATING A LIFE OF MY OWN
Nov. 19 | 6-8 p.m.
Dependable 

Is it possible for my adult son or daughter with disabilities to live independently? Most parents of adult children with disabilities ask themselves this question and struggle with the many hurdles that have to be overcome to make it a reality. Cheryl Eliason, Certified Parent Coach and Motivational Speaker, has navigated this journey successfully with her daughter. Dependable, 23 Empire Drive, Suite 100 St. Paul, is sponsoring this session for all prospective parents exploring this journey.

RSVP: Alison Campbell at Dependable, 612-839-8350