Tag Archives: Darien

Is My Child Making Progress?

Understanding Progress Monitoring

Monday, October 5th, 11 am, Royle Common Room
Please RSVP: dariensepac@gmail.com

Dr. Susie Da Silva, Assistant Superintendent of Schools, K-12 will discuss the purpose and components of a strong Scientifically Research-Based Intervention (SRBI) model. She will outline how an effective program supports students in the most meaningful way.

Find out the answer to your questions including:
What are the assessment tools the district currently uses?
How will I be notified of my child’s progress in SRBI?
How do I know if my child is reading on grade level?

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Meaningful Inclusion Benefits All Students

Darien SEPAC and Darien Library are pleased to present:

William Henderson, Ed.D.
Inclusion Expert and Author

Monday, April 27th

12:00 – 1:30 PM — Public Meeting
RSVP: https://dlchildrenslibrary.wufoo.com/forms/meaningful-inclusion-benefits-all-students/

3:30 PM– 4:45 PM — Educators Only Session
RSVP: https://dlchildrenslibrary.wufoo.com/forms/bill-henderson-educator-visit/

Darien Library Louise Parker Berry Community Room
Light refreshments will be served.

William Henderson, Ed.D., author of “The Blind Advantage: How Going Blind Made me a Stronger Principal and How Including Children with Disabilities Made the School Better for Everyone,” will present practical strategies for developing successful inclusive schools.

Dr. Henderson will discuss approaches to developing a culture of inclusion, to provide instruction with universal design and specialized supports, and to build a community that collaborates and problem solves. He will also highlight how including students with disabilities can be a catalyst for improving teaching and learning for everyone.

As a first-year teacher, Dr. Henderson learned he was gradually losing his vision and was advised he “should get out of education.” Instead he continued to persevere and went on to become principal of the Patrick O’Hearn Elementary School which is now renamed the Dr. William W. Henderson K- 12 Inclusion School.

“In an age when the word ‘hero’ is overused, Bill Henderson clearly deserves the title. Long before most educators embraced the concept of inclusion, Bill built a school that became a model of equity and excellence.”
— Thomas Hehir, professor of practice, Harvard Graduate School of Education & Author of ”Effective Inclusive Schools, Designing Successful Schoolwide Programs.”

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ADHD & MOOD DISORDERS: New Strategies and Treatments Monday, March 2, 7-8:30, Darien Library

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Darien SEPAC and Darien Library are pleased to present Alan Wachtel, MD on ADHD & Mood Disorders: New Strategies and Treatments.

Dr. Wachtel will discuss medication options, treatments and strategies to help children who struggle with mood and attention. He will cover school-based accommodations and strategies. Research has shown that parents and teachers need to foster a child’s focus to maximize their ability to learn. In addition, Dr. Wachtel will address the benefits and risks of available treatments and when to commence or postpone treatment at various stages of a child’s life.

A board certified psychiatrist, Dr. Wachtel is the author of The Attention Deficit Answer Book. He is founder and director of Familyhealth Associates, which specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of attention, behavior, mood and learning disorders. He is a distinguished life fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

RSVP: https://dlchildrenslibrary.wufoo.com/forms/adhd-and-mood-disorders-new-strategies-treatmen/

CANCELED DUE TO BLIZZARD: ADHD & MOOD DISORDERS: New Strategies and Treatments

CANCELED: Monday, January 26, 7-8:30, Darien Library

NEW DATE TO BE DETERMINED

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Darien SEPAC and Darien Library are pleased to present Alan Wachtel, MD on ADHD & Mood Disorders: New Strategies and Treatments.

Dr. Wachtel will discuss medication options, treatments and strategies to help children who struggle with mood and attention. He will cover school-based accommodations and strategies. Research has shown that parents and teachers need to foster a child’s focus to maximize their ability to learn. In addition, Dr. Wachtel will address the benefits and risks of available treatments and when to commence or postpone treatment at various stages of a child’s life.

A board certified psychiatrist, Dr. Wachtel is the author of The Attention Deficit Answer Book. He is founder and director of Familyhealth Associates, which specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of attention, behavior, mood and learning disorders. He is a distinguished life fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

RSVP at https://dlchildrenslibrary.wufoo.com/forms/adhd-and-mood-disorders-new-strategies-treatmen/

Understanding Dyslexia and SRBI

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Darien SEPAC is pleased to present:

Why Does My Child Have Trouble Reading? Understanding Dyslexia and SRBI  

Please join Dr. Margie Gillis, President of LiteracyHow and Research Affiliate at Haskins Laboratories to learn the signs and symptoms of dyslexia, how it is evaluated, how it affects reading, writing, and math, and the specific instruction and help your child needs.
March 6, 2014
10:00 am
Royle School
To RSVP, please email dariensepac@gmail.com.

Important Information for Parents

Upcoming Board of Education and SEPAC Meetings

Please attend these critical meetings. Ask questions, be informed and make your voices heard!

Special Board of Education Meeting – Tuesday, Jan. 21 – 7:00pm @35 Leroy *Changed to Wednesday, January 22nd
During this meeting the BOE will be discussing the 2014-15 proposed budget with the Board of Finance.

Special Board of Education Meeting – Wednesday, Jan. 22 – 7:00pm @35 Leroy *Changed to Monday, January 27th
The Superintendent’s proposed 2014-15 Special Education Budget (RC-24) and the Annual Special Education Update will be presented for Board and audience questions.

This school year’s first meeting of the BOE’s Special Education Subcommittee – Thursday, Jan. 23 – 9:00am @35 Leroy 
Special Education Ombudsman, John Verre, will be presenting the District’s Response to the CDSE Letters of Findings, the Special Education Action Plan and an update on Guidelines for Practice and Professional Development. Also on the agenda is a discussion on the reorganization of the Special Education Department
**(the PDF’s of the two CDSE letters and Attorney Gamm’s full investigation and recommendations are easily accessible on dariensepac.wordpress.com)

Transitioning from ELP to Kindergarten – Tuesday, Jan. 28 – 9:30am @ Royle School Common Room 
This is a special meeting for parents of preschool children with disabilities who would like to know more information about the options available in Kindergarten. John Verre, Assistant Principal, Laura Straiton and a Kindergarten teacher will be presenting for discussion and questions. Please contact Holly Wamser or Mary Jo Miller (ELP SEPAC reps) through our website with any questions about this meeting.

Regular Board of Education Meeting – Tuesday, Jan. 28 – 7:30pm @35 Leroy
Meeting with RTM Education and Budget Committees. BOE discussion of modifications to the budget.

SEPAC January Meeting – Wednesday, Jan. 29 – 9:30am @35 Leroy
Discussion of the Special Education Budget as well as an update on the BOE’s 1/23 Special Education Subcommittee meeting. An update on the status of ESY: Guidelines for Practice.

Public Hearing on the Proposed Budget before the Board of Education – Tuesday, Feb. 4 – 7pm @ Darien Town Hall
All parents and community members are invited to speak publicly on the proposed budget. We strongly encourage our SEPAC members and parent community to comment on the proposed Special Education Budget.

We will be sending out regular reminders for all of these dates. Please join us in attending these meetings. Ask questions, become informed and make your voices heard. As a community, we are at a critical juncture. The educational policy decisions made today affect our children for years to come. If you have any questions, please contact us at dariensepac.wordpress.com.

We look forward to seeing you this week.

Darien Special Education Parent Advisory Committee

Final Version of Special Education Report

BoardofEdFrom The Board of Education:

“On December 16, 2013, the Darien Board of Education received the final version of the special education report, “Procedures and Practices Relevant to the Administration and Operation of Instruction, Services and Support for Students with Disabilities in the Darien Public Schools for the 2012-2013 School Year,”  prepared by Sue Gamm, Esq.  An Executive Summary (revised December 16, 2013) was also received.

We thank Attorney Gamm for her extensive report and have started the review process.  Please find links to the report(s) Full Report,Revised Executive Summary.

We look forward to discussing these findings at our next Board meeting on January 14th, in the context of our preliminary action plan.  The preliminary action plan presented on December 10th took into account the 70 page executive summary and the recommendations from the two state reports.  We are now taking the time to read the 161 page full report to make sure that any additional information provided by Attorney Gamm will be fully considered as the action plan takes shape.  The Administration will be reporting to the Board on a monthly basis.”

Elizabeth A. Hagerty-Ross, Chairman

Darien Board of Education