2021-2022 Meetings

Wednesday, October 6 The return to in-person school after 18 months of virtual/hybrid learning.

Thursday, November 11 – The ABCs of IEPs in PreK: Special Education during the preschool years. (Missed the meeting? View the presentation here.)

Wednesday, December 8 – Get to know SOMSD’s new Assistant Superintendent of Special Services, Susie Budine.

Thursday, January 13 – Beyond SOMSD: Behavioral, disability, and family support services available through the State of New Jersey. (Missed the meeting or want a recap? View our PerformCare Fact Sheet here.)

Wednesday, February 16 – Black Family Voices and Special Education: A panel discussion with SOMSD families. Co-hosted by SEPAC SOMA and the Schools Committee of the Community Coalition on Race.

Wednesday, March 2 – Speech & Social Skills, with special guest Reesa Salomon, MS, CCC-SLP.

Tuesday, April 5 – Q&A Panel: Preschool & Elementary. Learn more about how Special Education works in preschool and elementary with our panel of Special Education teachers and Child Study Team members.

Wednesday, April 20 – Workshop: Now What? The Transition to College. Join Matthew Endlich, CHS Transition Coordinator, to learn about the transition to college for students with IEPs and 504s.

Wednesday, May 4 – Q&A Panel: Middle School & High School. What happens during your tween or teenager’s school day is often even more of a mystery than it was in elementary. Go behind the scenes with our panel of SOMSD experts.

Thursday, June 9th @ 7:30pm

What’s Next?!
Looking ahead to summer and next September! Join us to talk with other parents who are navigating IEPs and 504s about what worked this year, what didn’t work, and what your hopes are going forward.

If you weren’t able to attend our grade-level meetings in April and May, this is another opportunity to ask transition questions and draw on the collective wisdom of our SEPAC SOMA community.

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2020-2021 Meetings

Monday, September 14  Virtual Learning and Special Education Students

Wednesday, November 11 Out-of-District Families. Led by OOD Liaisons: Ann Leeb and Sandy LoPiccolo. Special Guests: Renee Joyce and Penny Petcher.

Tuesday, December 1  Behaviors and Mental Health. Special Guests: Arelis Tapia-Vargas, Laura Prato, Cheryl Irwin & Nicole Stewart

Wednesday, January 20 – New Year, New Goals: Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) – meetings, goals and tips

Tuesday, February 16 – Intersectionality of Special Education and Race

Tuesday, March 2 – Out-of-District School Liaisons-led Meet Up for Families/Caregivers of Students who attend OOD Special Education Schools and those that are interested in learning about them.

Thursday, March 18 – Group Meetings: PreK/Elem and Secondary with Special Education Supervisors and Dr. Alegria, Assistant Superintendent of Special Services

Monday, April 26 – Transitions for all Ages: PreK – Kindergarten; 5th – 6th; 8th – 9th; 12th and beyond

Wednesday, May 26 – Wrap Up and ESY: How did the year go? What’s happening for ESY?