START-Engaging Parents of Students with Disabilities

Offering programs and services that support the engagement of families to improve outcomes for students.

 


PARENTS AS LEADERS

SPAN Parent Leadership E-News

View articles from the START-EPSD Newsletter Archive below

2019, November 21  |  Advocacy is at the heart of leadership

2019, August 22  |  Leadership is a capability in action

2019, May 25  |  Leaders translate vision into reality

2019, Feb 27  |  Leadership is a choice, not a position

2018, Nov 10  | Parent leaders aren’t born. They’re made!

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START-Engaging Parent of Students with Disabilities (EPSD) offers programs and services that support the engagement of families to improve outcomes for students, including developing and supporting Special Education Parent Advisory Groups (SEPAGs) in communities and school districts.

Through workshops, regional meetings, and parent leadership development activities, we help parents and parent leaders:

  • Become informed and active participants in their child’s education
  • Partner with educators in improving educational programs for students with disabilities, particularly in the area of Inclusion
  • Start or strengthen parent advisory groups or parent support groups in their areas

TOPICS

For more information, resources, and materials about a topic, 
select from the one of the START-EPSD focuses below.

Parent Groups

Supporting the engagement  of families in schools to improve student outcomes

Literacy

Increasing the capacity of schools and parent leaders to engage families in promoting literacy achievement

Inclusion

Providing families with information in order to increase the numbers of students benefiting from greater access to inclusive education

NJTSS

Sharing information useful for families and school and district leaders to engage families in the NJ Tiered Systems of Support Framework


Parent Group Highlights

Mi Casa es Puebla Parent Support Group

November 21, 2019
The Mi Casa es Puebla Parent Support is a once-a-month daytime Spanish support group for parents of children with disabilities....
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Hamilton Township School District (Atlantic County) SEPAG

November 21, 2019
The Special Education Supervisor’s Perspective The Hamilton Township School District (Atlantic County) SEPAG has been in existence for many years....
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New Providence Special Education Parent Advisory Group (SEPAG)

November 21, 2019
New Providence parents spent their summer preparing for the official launch of their Special Education Parent Advisory Group (SEPAG). One...
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Union Special Education Parent Advisory Group (SEPAG)

September 5, 2019
A Special Education Parent Advisory Group (SEPAG) gives parents the opportunity to provide direct input to their school district about policies,...
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Cinnaminson Township Special Education Parent Advisory Group (SEPAG)

August 22, 2019
Cinnaminson Township, which is a small school district in Burlington County, had a well-established SEPAG in the past but as...
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Ocean City Special Education Parent Advisory Group (SEPAG)

May 25, 2019
The purpose of the Ocean City SEPAG is to keep lines of communication open between parents/families and the Ocean City School District...
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SEPAG

What People Are Saying

A strong parent advisory group can help foster ongoing communication between the parents and school to better serve our children.

Our group started with two parents and a supportive District Supervisor. What’s important is to get up and running and see where it takes you.

The advice that parents need to continually talk with school district personnel and develop meaningful inclusion programs and then continually evaluate their children’s progress based on data was on the mark.

SPAN’s START-EPSD Project is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the New Jersey Department of Education, Office of Special Education Professional Development.