What is a SEAC?
A SEAC (pronounced “seek”) is an acronym for Special Education Advisory Council, which is a group that provides input on special education issues to its local school district. Its purpose is to advise & advocate, not to decide policy. Minnesota law requires each school district in the state to have a SEAC although it does not specify how the groups should be organized or what duties they should perform. As a result, each SEAC may have a unique mission and structure.
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - 6:30 - 8:00 pm - Central Serivce Building, 1875 South Greeley Street, Stillwater, MN Conference Rooms A&B
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Why Are SEACs Important?
Local SEACs advise school districts on the development of programs and services to meet the special educational needs of children and families. By sharing their unique perspective of what it is like to use these services, parents can help the district to be more effective. As a result, outcomes for children with disabilities should improve.
According to the MN statute 125A.24 the number of members, frequency of meetings, and operational procedures are to be locally determined. ISD 834’s SEAC will be made up of no more than one parent representative per school building. The rest of the council membership will be comprised of special education staff and administration. In addition, at least one member who is a parent of a nonpublic school student will be asked to be a member. If you are not a member of the Special Education Advisory Council and would like to attend a meeting, please contact the Student Support Services Office at 651.351.8309 for more information.
Reasons to Participate:
To help other families & children with disabilities in my school district
To share what I’ve learned since my child began his/her education
To support the school professionals in my district.
To be a good role model for my child
To make a contribution to this community
To learn information and skills that may help me work more effectively with my school district
To meet others with similar goals, both parents & school professionals
To build positive relationships with others in my district.
To become more knowledgeable about special education
To share my unique perspective & insights as a parent
To help the school district work more effectively with families & improve outcomes for children
Mission and Goals:
ISD 834’s Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC) will support the district’s mission of Stillwater Area Public Schools: The mission of Stillwater Area Public Schools, in partnership with students, family and community, is to develop curious individuals who are active and engaged leaders in an ever-changing world by challenging all students as they travel along their personalized learning pathways.