Special Education Parent Advisory Group
2020/2021 Meeting Dates:
September 10, 2020 – Parent/District Leaders
October 8, 2020 – Parent & Community
November 12, 2020 – Parent & Community (MTSEPAG November Agenda)
December 10, 2020 – Parent & Community
January 14, 2021 – Parent/District Leaders
February 11 ,2021 – Parent & Community
March 11, 2021 – Parent & Community
April 8, 2021 – Parent & Community
May 13, 2021 – Parent/District Leaders
June 10, 2021 Parent & Community
Monthly Meetings will usually take place 6:30 -8pm HS Media Center (or via Zoom) on 2nd
Thursday of each month.
For parent/community meetings, district staff may attend as observers. District employee responses may only be given to parents by District Leaders. (SEPAG Leaders will also meet with District Leaders monthly and advise group of outcomes.)
Who We Are
MTSEPAG is a parent-led advisory group for the parents/guardians of students receiving special education services, also known as Monroe Township Special Education Parent Advisory Group. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act encourages parents and educators to work collaboratively, emphasizing that as a team they are uniquely suited to make decisions that help improve the educational experiences and outcomes of children with disabilities. In New Jersey School districts are required to have a SEPAG:
Each Board of Education shall ensure that a special education parent advisory group in in place
in the district to provide input to the district on issues concerning students with disabilities.
[New Jersey Administrative Code 6A:14-1.2(h)]
The Purpose of the MTSEPAG: Our Mission
- Facilitate effective and productive communication between parents, students, Special Services Administration, the community and Board of Education members; providing direct input on the policies, programs and practices the impact services and supports for students with disabilities.
- Collaborate with key district and community stakeholders to enhance the quality of special education policies, practices and programs for all students receiving special education services; advising on matters that pertain to education, health and safety for students with special needs.
- Promote inclusion and acceptance of students with special needs and learning challenges in school and extracurricular activities.
- Serve as a resource to parents through meetings, workshops and social media presence.
How You Can Get Involved
Our SEPAG consists of a Leader and a few Co-Leaders, so that we have a parent liaison to work with each of the schools. This also includes parents of students who are in an out of district educational placement. In this volunteer role, parent liaisons serve as a representative of the SEPAG to ensure that the mission of the group is being followed through in each school as well as serve as a representative at PTA/PTO meetings when needed. Additionally, they attend SEPAG meetings (both with the district and parent-only) and provide feedback on best practices as well as challenges and help generate solutions that positively impact children.
Connect with Us
Betty Saborido – Leader
Katie Belko – Co-Leader
Alyson Black – Co-Leader
Mina Patel – Co-Leader
Kimberley Toto – Co-Leader