Special Education Advisory Council

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.


Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 5:00-6:30 pm, Media Center, Oak Park Building, 6355 Osman Avenue North, Stillwater
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 5:00-6:00 pm, Media Center, Oak Park Building, 6355 Osman Avenue North, Stillwater
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 5:00-6:30 pm, Media Center, Oak Park Building, 6355 Osman Avenue North, Stillwater

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.

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