2022-2023 Meetings

September 18 & 20 – CUP CHATS: Informal, in-person gatherings to connect with other parents and caregivers of kids with Special Education-related needs in our district.


Monday, October 17, 7:30-8:30pm
Susie Budine, Assistant Superintendent of Special Services, will join us to share an overview of Special Education services in the South Orange & Maplewood School District. This meeting will be virtual. The meeting link will be emailed to our subscriber list and available here.

2021-2022 Meetings

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

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

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

January – 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.)

February – 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.

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

April – 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.

April – 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.

May – 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.

June – What’s Next?! Looking ahead to summer and next September! Chat 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.