2012-13 Andover SEPAC Workshops
“College Planning for Students with Learning Disabilities”
October 24 at 7pm at the West
Middle School Auditorium
How does a student with a learning disability approach
the college search process? What should
you be looking for from the High School to help
you through this process? How do you find the
colleges that offer the right services to assist your
student in become a successful college graduate?
When and how
does your student
disclose their disability
to the college?
offered cost extra?
These questions will
be answered by a panel of experts from the AHS
Guidance Department, AHS Special Education Department
as well as representatives from a number
of local institutions; Curry College, Landmark
College, Middlesex Community College, University
of Lowell and Northeastern University.
Easter Seals will present their assisted technology
offerings and services as well as a representative
from the Massachusetts Rehabilitation
Commission will be in attendance.
Please join us on October 24 at 7pm at the West
Middle School Auditorium for this informative presentation.
“Basic Rights in Special Education”
November 14 at 7pm in the School Administration Building,
36 Bartlet Street, 3rd floor conference room
This workshop will provide families with an introduction to their
rights and responsibilities under:
* Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA),
* Massachusetts Special Education Law, and
* No Child Left Behind (NCLB)
This workshop is designed to help parents learn to
be effective partners with their child’s school in
order to decide their child’s eligibility for special
education and to plan, make decisions and monitor
their child’s progress in school.
November 19 at 7pm at West Middle
We are delighted that Andrew Feldman
will present a talk that we predict you will find
Andrew recently graduated from
college, is living on his own, and is
working on a successful Congressional
campaign in the Washington
DC Area. Oh, and he has Asperger’s
Andrew was in middle school student
in Massachusetts when he was
diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome
(AS)—a form of Autism on
the mild end of the spectrum.
An accomplished speaker who has appeared on
PBS with Emily Rooney, Andrew will speak
about topics that included growing up with AS,
receiving and coming to terms with an AS diagnosis,
what often works and what often does
not work for elementary and secondary
school students with AS, strategies
for navigating college life with AS,
and increasing the odds of success, plus
expected and unexpected challenges
that arise after college.
Andrew’s mom frequently comes to
his talks to support him—we hope you
January 16th at 10am in the 3rd floor Conference Room of the School Administration Building
Director of Student Services Joyce Laundre and
her staff will discuss the procedures in place to
ensure smooth transitions for students and families
as they move up to the next level within the
Andover School System (preschool to elementary,
elementary to middle school and middle school to
high school). Staff from each school as well as
SEPAC representatives will be available to answer
questions. Please join us for this interactive session
that will provide the groundwork for helping
prepare your child as he or she moves through
their school years.
“Build a Better Brain”
February 6 at 7pm at West
An exciting presentation by two
nationally-known child psychiatrists. Focusing on
the proactive steps families can take to cultivate
effective mood regulation, executive functioning
skills, and positive mental health with their children,
this approach addresses parenting practices,
school preparation, and even diet and exercise
associated with positive mental health. With the
focus on maximizing good parenting and self-care
practices for all children, the presentation is
one that is appropriate for all parents.
Jeff Q. Bostic , M.D., Ed.D is a nationally
known expert on child psychiatry and
schools. He has consulted in the Andover
Public Schools for the past fourteen years,
as well as in other school districts around
the country. Dr. Bostic is Director of
School Psychiatry for Massachusetts General
Hospital, an Associate Clinical Professor
of Psychiatry for Harvard Medical
School, and is the Medical Director for the
Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project.
In collaboration with the Mood and
Anxiety Disorders Institute at MGH, Dr.
Bostic helped to launch a free website
(www.schoolpsychiatry.org) to assist families, educators,
and clinicians with mental health issues in
the school environment.
Mona Potter, M.D., is a child psychiatrist who
works in multiple school districts, including the
Andover Public Schools, to address the “fit” between
children and schools. She graduated and
remains on staff at Mass General/McLean Hospitals,
and has been the Director of the Acute Residential
Treatment program at McLean for adolescents
through this past year.
“Transitioning for 14-22 Year Olds”
March 27 at 7pm in the
Memorial Hall Library
Terri McLaughlin from
the Federation for Children with Special Needs
presents a workshop addressing the issues related
to designing the right curriculum and supports
during high school to keep your student on track
to becoming self -sufficient and living independently.
Information and strategies will be provided
to help parents and students translate their individual
preferences and dreams into meaningful IEP
“Technology Solutions - Can they Help?”
7pm on April 24 at ANDOVER HIGH SCHOOL Library
Janowski, M.S. Ed, OTL, of EdTech Solutions in Reading,
MA will speak about how Assistive Technology
supports struggling learners. The goal of Karen’s
expertise—and the focus of her business—is in providing
customized technology solutions to promote
academic success and independence for all learners.
When properly used by
trained students and/or
educational staff, assistive
technology resources have
the potential to promote
student success and
“Mary French Yellow Rose Award”
May 22, 2013 at the High Plain Elementary
Auditorium at 7pm
Leaders in education are frequently
hard found and unsung. Mary
French, who held the positions of
Andover Selectperson and Director
of Pupil Personnel, was truly such a leader,
breaking ground in the delivery of special education
and the inclusion of the whole child in service delivery.
It is in her memory that, since 2002, the Andover
Special Education Parents Advisory Council
(SEPAC) has sponsored the Mary French Yellow
Rose Award to recognize like leaders in special education.
As Director of Pupil Personnel, Mary
French led a group of Andover teachers
and parents on a field trip to visit
the Glastonbury school system to observe
programs designed to improve
delivery of service to special needs
children. Educators whose contributions
provided improved programming,
as well as a more inclusive environment
for special education students
were acknowledged for their work
with a yellow rose that would
“mysteriously” be found on their desk.
Thus the yellow rose became a symbol
of excellence and the seed for the Mary French Yellow
Rose Award was planted.