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Title: Santa Monica Malibu PTA Council Special Education Committee

Santa Monica Malibu PTA Council Special Education
  • Organizational meeting
  • Community workshop
  • June 16, 2008
  • Rebecca Kennerly
  • PTA Council President
  • 310.453.6305

Committee History
  • PTA Council voted to form committee on May 20,
  • Since then, meetings with Special Education
    District Advisory Committee, SMMUSD
    Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent, Chief
    Academic Officer, Special Education leadership,
    Classroom Teachers Association to receive input
  • Tonights community input gathering session and
    organizational meeting

A little help from our friends
  • Nancy Vandell and Todd Gary from San Ramon Valley
    Unified School District presented to a special
    joint meeting of PTA Council, the Special
    Education District Advisory Committee and the
    Board of Education
  • San Ramon Valleys PTA Council received National
    PTAs 2007 Advocacy Award, in part for their
    leadership in a collaborative approach in Special
  • Ms. Vandell Mr. Gary have agreed to a help
    mentor us on our journey!

Achieving Success in Special Education -- A
Collaborative Approach --
  • Todd B. Gary
  • Special Needs Liaison
  • San Ramon Valley Unified School District

Success Through Collaboration
  • Collaboration and Negotiation
  • Dynamics of Negotiation
  • Succeeding Through Collaboration
  • Empowering partners
  • Finding real solutions

Achieving Success in Special Education - A
Collaborative Approach
Success Through Collaboration
  • Requires partnership
  • Demands mutuality
  • Applies to Families and Staff

Success How Do We Get There?
Collaboration vs. Negotiation
  • Collaboration
  • Negotiation
  • Compatibility
  • Collaboration is Win-Win negotiation

Win-Win Negotiation
  • Collaborative toward a common goal
  • Most important needs or desires met
  • Respectful and supportive
  • Relationships preserved
  • Creative and productive

Dynamics of Negotiation
  • Negotiation

Achieving Success in Special Education - A
Collaborative Approach
Dynamics of Negotiation
  • Partnerships
  • Positive
  • Creative
  • Productive
  • Negotiated

Achieving Success in Special Education - A
Collaborative Approach
Succeeding Through Collaboration Finding Real
  • A Very Important Side-Note to Collaboration
  • Staff retention
  • Special Ed v. General Ed.
  • Competitive markets and staff shortages
  • Without staff there are no programs
  • When appropriate, help make it personally
    rewarding this is truly a Win-Win!

Achieving Success in Special Education - A
Collaborative Approach
Success Through Collaboration
  • Philosophy of Collaboration
  • Collaboration is people working together in a
    cooperative manner toward a common goal or
    vision. It requires the interaction of
    viewpoints, resources, and services from
    different individuals, each representing a
    distinct area of experience or expertise.
    Collaboration requires use of effective
    communication skills, creative problem solving,
    and mutuality of respect. When people share
    together, learn together, appreciate different
    perspectives, and are committed to working
    together for solutions that best meet the needs
    of all involved partners, we can truly succeed.

Achieving Success in Special Education - A
Collaborative Approach
Serving Every Child Organizing a PTA Special
Needs Committee
San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs
California State PTA Convention Workshop May 5,
Rachel Hurd Rob Kessler Nancy Vandell www.srvcoun
Workshop Objectives
  • Communicate benefits of a Special Needs Committee
  • Provide tools and methodologies to develop
    successful Special Needs Committees in other PTA
    districts, councils and units

  • Special Needs Committee formed by one of the PTA
    units in our Council in 2000
  • Provided support to parents of special needs
  • Held programs and support group meetings
  • Learned lessons
  • Chairman selection critical
  • Partnership with school staff (including
    principal) imperative
  • Committee beneficial to community

  • Much interest from parents in other schools
  • Thirst for knowledge to help their children
  • Feelings of isolation and stigmatism
  • Anger at school district by some vocal parents
  • Pending litigation
  • Compliance issues

  • Council Committee formed in Fall of 2002
  • Used lessons learned from unit committee
  • Established goals and organization early
  • Emphasized collaboration with district
  • Met with Superintendent to establish
    district-level support
  • Included school board member and assistant
    special education director on the committee
  • Spent significant effort to address school
    district concerns with committee intentions
  • Fully supported by Council Board

  • Held a series of 4 Evening Programs in Spring,
  • Help - My Child is Struggling Series
  • Held first Special Needs Conference December,
  • Full-day
  • Keynote, three break-out timeslots, breakfast
  • Encouraged PTA units to appoint Special Needs

  • Within first year,
  • Programs drew large audiences (75 - 250 people)
  • Appreciation from parents and district staff
  • Voluntary attendance by teachers/staff
  • School District became supportive and
  • Trust built through collaborative partnership
  • Staff strongly encouraged to attend
  • Provided facilities and support

  • Over past five years, our committee has
  • Continued to offer evening and day-long programs
  • Expanded unit involvement and representation on
    Council committee
  • Represented PTA and parents on school district
    special education steering committee and other
    District committees responsible for issues
  • Provided support for parents with questions
  • Partnered with school district to restart
    Resource-parent program with SELPA-trained
    resource parents
  • Received recognition from parents and staff
  • Worked on legislative issues affecting Special

  • In addition to the general purposes of the PTA,
    the mission of the Special Needs Committee is
  • To provide information and support to parents of
    children with special needs, so that they can
    help their children maximize their potential.
  • To work as a team with the school district to
    assist staff in most effectively helping children
    with special needs.
  • To provide information to all parents and
    community members about children with special
    needs, so that they can understand and support
    all children.
  • To help all children understand and appreciate
    challenges faced by children with special needs.
  • To work legislatively to secure and retain
    adequate laws (and funding for them) for children
    with special needs.
  • Tagline Fostering collaboration between
    parents, teachers, the schools, and the community
    to support children with special needs

Definition of Special Needs
  • Children with
  • Learning or processing disabilities
  • Physical challenges
  • Speech language difficulties
  • Social/emotional issues
  • Mental retardation
  • Autism
  • Gifted learners

Committee Structure
  • Special Needs Committee within Council PTA
  • Leads Council-wide activities
  • Coordinates with other Council committees
  • Legislative Advocacy
  • Parent and Community Education
  • Membership
  • Communications
  • Health Safety
  • Provides support to Special Needs
    Committees/Support Groups within Units

Council-level Committee members
  • Parents
  • School Board Trustees
  • School District Staff
  • Special Programs directors
  • School psychologist
  • Unit Committee Chairmen
  • SELPA CAC Chairman (new this year)

San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs Roles of the
Special Needs Committee
Parent/Teacher Education
Legislative Advocacy
  • PTA Parent/Teacher Programs
  • PTA Special Needs Conference
  • PTA Parenting 200X Conference
  • Other
  • PTA Lyris Email lists
  • PTA Newsletter articles
  • PTA District Websites
  • PTA Unit committee chairs
  • Other
  • Handbook for parents teachers (planned)
  • Website
  • Library materials
  • Other
  • State
  • Federal
  • Work through SRV Council Legislation Committee
  • Other

Specialty Subcommittees
Unit Committees
  • SRVUSD Special Education Steering Committee (and
    other committees)
  • District Gifted Talented Education (GATE) staff
  • Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA)
  • East Bay Learning Disabilities Assn.
  • International Dyslexia Association
  • Other
  • Gifted Talented (GATE)
  • Severely Impaired
  • Autism/Aspergers
  • Other
  • Most of funding from council membership dues
  • Minimal charge for conference
  • Grants
  • 20 of 29 PTA units
  • Liaison to Council Special Needs Committee
  • Report at PTA meetings
  • Support-group meetings
  • Other

Unit Special Needs Committee Chairman Job
  • Communicate information from the Council
    Committee to school community via PTA meetings,
    newsletters, email, on bulletin boards, etc.
  • Organize support group meetings or coffees for
    interested parents at your school site
  • Involve parents, special education or GATE staff,
    general education teachers, and administrators
  • Select a topic (or topics) to be discussed. A
    good one to start with is a get to know you
    coffee including a briefing by the
    staff/administration on the special education
    program at your school. Make sure the discussion
    is facilitated ground rules set up front,
    discussion is kept constructive, and all
    participants have opportunity to speak.
  • Make notes of any suggestions or issues.
    Communicate these to PTA president, principal,
    and council special needs chairman
  • Attend Council Special Needs Committee meetings
    if possible. If not able to attend, maintain
    contact with council chairman.

How to Establish a Unit Special Needs Committee
  • Discuss idea with PTA Executive Board and
  • Council committee member available to speak at
    board meetings
  • Find a committee chairman, someone who
  • is knowledgeable about and sensitive to special
    needs children
  • works in a constructive way with teachers,
    principal, other parents
  • Can keep personal issues separate from committee
  • Is a PTA member
  • Executive Board establishes the committee
  • President appoints committee chair Board

Superintendents Perspective
Committee Impacts
  • Support provided to parents and teachers
  • More knowledge helps them better support children
  • Reduced stigma, sense of isolation
  • Trust built with school district
  • Committee leaders influential members of
    problem-solving teams asked for input
  • Resource parent program embraced by District
  • Quality programs with expert speakers attract
    staff as well as parents
  • True partnership among parents and staff

Committee Impacts
  • Legislative advocacy raised awareness of issues
    at local, state and national levels
  • Partnered with Council Legislative Advocacy
    Committee, as well as California State PTA and
    National PTA advocates
  • Established reputation for excellence with other
  • SchwabLearning Foundation
  • East Bay Learning Disabilities Association
  • Special Education Local Plan Areas
  • Other PTA councils and units

Requirements for Success
  • Sincere desire to help all children
  • Collaboration among parents, district
  • Special Needs Committee on par with other unit or
    council-level committees
  • While special education has inherent challenges,
    focus needs to be constructive education and
  • All committee members involved in developing
    programs, participating, helping
  • Committee members representing various

Requirements for Success
  • Communication of programs, issues, resources
  • Training of facilitators
  • Expert speakers
  • Strict vetting for research-based, proven topics
  • Commitment of time
  • Ability to listen
  • A healthy sense of humor and a thick skin

Challenges to Success
  • Committee chairman and/or members with personal
  • Members who wish to force change in school
  • Change can be influenced, but only after trust is
  • Members or speakers who wish to endorse
    controversial diagnosis/treatment methods not
    supported by research

Evening Programs Held
  • Help - My Child Struggles! Series (January - May,
  • My child is struggling where do I start?
  • Understanding Special Needs Assessments
  • Writing Effective Individual Education Plans
  • Implementing IEPs
  • Put Yourself in the Shoes of a Dyslexic (Sept.
  • Helping Your Child Develop Friendship Skills
    (Oct. 2003)
  • Parenting the Anxious Child (Jan. 2004)
  • ADHD Medication Update (Mar 2004)
  • Helping Children Learn to Read Diagnosing
    Treating Dyslexia (Apr 2004)
  • Learning Disabilities Matter Strategies to Help
    My Struggling Child (Sept. 2004)
  • Diagnosing Assessing Disabilities (Oct. 2004)
  • Ways to Win the Homework Battle (Mar. 2005)

Evening Programs Held, contd.
  • Forum for Collaboration (April, 2005)
  • Parent-input gathering
  • Facilitated by Special Needs Committee members
  • Observed by District administrators, school-board
  • Input given to district for resolution report
    presented to school board
  • Special Education Back-to-School Night
    (September, 2005)
  • How to work with your childs teacher/school
  • Dyslexia Symptoms and Solutions (October, 2005)
  • Parenting the Anxious Child Helping Children
    and Teens Cope with Fear, Worry, and Shyness
    (February, 2006)
  • An Introduction to SRVUSD web-based IEP System,
    GENESEA (March, 2006)
  • Social Thinking and Related Skills (April, 2006)
  • Help - My Child Struggles in School Series
    (September - November, 2006)
  • Where do I Start Asking for Help, Student Study
    Teams, and Assessment
  • 504 Plans and Individual Education Plans
  • Placement Considerations
  • Put Yourself in the Shoes of a Person with a
    Learning Disability (January 2007)

  • Sample Evening Programs

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Full-Day Conferences
  • 1st Annual Special Needs Conference - 12/03
  • Keynote Child Development and How Parents and
    Teachers can Affect any Childs Potential, Dr.
    Brad Berman, developmental pediatrician in our
  • 3 breakout sessions (75 min.) choice of
  • ADHD Conference - 1/05
  • Helping Children and Teens with ADHD Succeed at
    Home and at School, Dr. Stephen P. Hinshaw, PhD.,
    UC Berkeley.
  • 2nd Annual Special Needs Conference - 4/05
  • Keynote Reflections from A Different Journey
    What people with Disabilities Want All Parents
    and Teachers to Know, Stanley D. Klein, PhD,
    psychologist and author.
  • 3 breakout sessions (75 min.) choice of

Full-Day Conferences (continued)
  • 3rd Annual Special Needs Conference 2/06
  • Keynote Redefining Success in School and
    Success in Life, Rob Langston, author and
    corporate consultant
  • 2 breakout sessions (105 min.) choice of
  • 2007 combined the conference with our Councils
    annual general parenting conference.
  • Keynote A Childs Journey into Adolescence
    Neurodevelopment from age 5 to 16, Dr. Brad
  • 2 breakout sessions 5 special needs topics
    offered each session

Other Activities
  • Coordinated SchwabLearning Show Your Spark
    Assemblies for 3rd - 5th grade classes at all
    schools at least once over three years
  • Addresses Mission To help all children
    understand and appreciate challenges faced by
    children with special needs.
  • Guest experts for SchwabLearning Website Message
    Board Forum on Organizing a Special Needs
    Committee in your PTA
  • Recognized SchwabLearning with Council HSA

Other Activities
  • Resource Library for Parents and Staff
  • Centralized at a school site
  • Online catalog
  • Any parent or teacher can check out remotely
  • Council PTA purchases books, videos, etc. for
    library and advertises on website, newsletters

Program Considerations
  • Make sure that speaker meets requirements
  • Research-based, proven material
  • Balance school-district standard practices with
    newer (although) research-based methods
  • Communicate collaborative focus with speakers
  • Include balance of programs for types of
  • Reading disabilities, ADHD, Autism spectrum,
    Anxiety, behavior, social issues, etc.
  • Learning disabilities/ADHD draws larger audiences
  • Offer programs for less prevalent disabilities in
    conference or subcommittee/support group

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Santa Monica Malibu Council of PTAs
  • PTA organization
  • Representation from the entire district
  • Elected Executive board
  • General membership consists of PTA Presidents
    from each school
  • Liaisons including Board of Education, Teachers
    Association, SEIU, City representatives, Chamber
    of Commerce, League of Women Voters, SMC,
    Education Foundation, Personnel Commission, etc.

SMMPTA Committees
  • Legislation - Coordinates legislative advocacy on
    a district-wide basis. PTA Councils Legislative
    Committee has been critical in the passage of
    local funding measures, as well as statewide
    political advocacy on school funding and issues
    concerning children.
  • Communication - in an unprecedented collaboration
    between PTA, District leadership, CTA and SEIU,
    the Communications Committee managed the
    aggressive World Class Public Schools campaign,
    including the Your Schools World publication,
    Public Schools Week, monthly e-mail newsletters
    from Superintendent, etc.

SMMPTA Committees
  • Operate under PTA Councils umbrella.
  • Chair appointed by PTA Council President.
  • Chair(s) drawn from or become members of PTA
    Council Executive Board make regular reports to
    PTA Council, raises issues of concern and works
    with PTA Council to resolve issues.
  • Committees
  • Regular meetings
  • Their own membership
  • Can have subcommittees
  • Not governed by Brown Act

SMM PTA Council Special Education Committee
  • PTA Council voted to form committee May 20, 2008.
  • Will be PTA Councils third independent
    committee, along with Communication and

SMM PTA Council Special Education Committee
  • Needs
  • Chair
  • Mission Statement
  • Members
  • Priority list of objectives
  • Timeline

SMM PTA Council Special Education Committee
  • Configuration
  • PTA Council President
  • Chair(s)
  • Board of Education Liaison(s)
  • District representation (Superintendent and/or
    Director of Special Education, Chief Academic
  • Teachers
  • Parent/community members

SMM PTA Council Special Education Committee
  • Is not
  • SMMUSD Special Education Department
  • Led by Special Education Director, Ruth Valadez
    and overseen by Chief Academic Officer Sally
    Chou, the Special Education Department actually
    provides all Special Education Services to
    students in the Santa Monica Malibu Unified
    School District
  • Special Education District Advisory Committee
  • Appointed by the district, SEDAC advises the
    Board of Education on issues related to Special
    Education Design Team
  • Design Team
  • Recently approved by the Board of Education, the
    Design Team will be a new ad hoc committee to be
    formed soon to engage in a facilitated process of
    analyzing designing Special Education in Santa
    Monica Malibu Schools

Committee Chair Requirements
  • Knowledgeable about and sensitive to special
    needs children
  • Works in a constructive way with teachers,
    principal, staff, other parents
  • Can keep personal issues separate from committee
  • PTA member
  • Can volunteer time

  • Working from PTAs mission statement, the
    committee must quickly establish its own mission

  • Members from across our communities should be
    recruited parents from both special ed general
    ed, teachers, staff, community members. All are
    welcome with specific areas of expertise needed
  • Special Education
  • Events
  • Communication
  • Research
  • Leadership
  • Legislation
  • ELL Community and translation

Priority Objectives
  • Parent/Teacher Education
  • Collaborating with staff and teachers to design
    and oversee a Fall Education Forum
  • Researching and vetting types of presentations
    needed, and available presenters
  • Partnership with local university to provide
    continuing education credits for teachers

Priority Objectives
  • Parent To Parent Support network
  • A network of trained resource parent volunteers
    to provide support and information to parents of
    students with special education needs. Parent
    Support Network parents are committed to
    supporting parents and staff as collaborative
    participants in the process of their child's
    education programs. San Ramon Valley
  • Parent Support Volunteer at each school site to
    work with principal and parents
  • Training in Special Education law, finance and
    mediation techniques for volunteers and committee
  • Regular meetings with school staff, and
    attendance at PTA Council Special Education
    Committee meetings
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Priority Objectives
  • Support Group
  • Establish ongoing, facilitated support groups in
    various geographic areas in our communities

  • Summer 08
  • Establish Chair(s)
  • Mission statement
  • Settle on Priority Objectives
  • Set committee members
  • Possible subcommittees? (i.e., Fall Forum Parent
    Support Network, etc.)
  • Begin work
  • Prepare report for September 23, 2008 PTA Council
    General Meeting

  • Fall 08
  • Establish first general meeting
  • Fall Forum
  • Begin work on Parent Resource Network
  • Find training program
  • Begin work on Support Group
  • Locations facilitators

  • 08 - 09 School Year
  • Continue regular meetings with district staff and
  • Parent Support Network and Support Groups slowly
    established at school sites
  • Evaluate progress at end of year and refine for
    following school year

Priority Objectives
  • Focus on students
  • Improve communication and collaboration between
    all stakeholder groups
  • Lower tension level
  • Work toward real partnership

By truly embracing collaboration we can build a
culture that nurtures and supports every member.
  • Every member needed
  • And every person welcome…
  • Thank You for helping!