January 8 – CACSE Meeting

NOTE:  The January meeting was CANCELLED due to inclement weather. CACSE will hold its next regular meeting on Monday January 8, 2017. Our meetings take place in the “RED” or Special Education Conference Room” on the 2nd Floor, 23160 Moakley Street, Leonardtown, MD.  Everyone is welcome to attend! If you cannot attend – attend by phone!  Contact Kim at smccacse@yahoo.com to get access information for the conference line!   If you have any questions, email us! Want to bring up a problem or concern? Got a great idea that you want to share? Want to see a new program, discuss assistive technology, praise a teacher or para-educator or share a child’s success? Come make a comment! Sign up at the beginning of the meeting; comments are limited to three minutes per speaker. Concerns will be addressed at future CACSE meetings. We also hold a parent support meeting at 5:45 pm at the same location from October through May – come discuss your concerns or ask questions in confidentiality. Our representatives have been through the same issues you are facing; we will try to help you with your situation or suggest others that can do so! Now is a great time to get involved with CACSE and be a representative for your school! If you are interested but don’t know what to expect, join us for a meeting! Maybe you’re not ready to be a representative, but you still have questions about your school, your child’s IEP, or just need a little more help with your child. We would love to talk with you! Minutes for past CACSE meetings can be found on...

February 7 – IEP Mini Series Part 2

Get ready for Part 2 of our workshop “IEP Mini Series:  How to Become an Informed Effective Parent Team Member!” Missy Alexander, Parent Educator with Parents’ Place of Maryland, will present this two-part workshop series to help parents to gain a better understanding of the IEP process and the IEP itself.  The first part will be on January 24 and the second part will be on February 7. Participants will: Understand the steps of the special education process Understand why the role of parents is so important in developing IEPs Learn how to become a more active and effective participant in meetings Understand the parts of the IEP and what they mean Participants are encouraged to attend both sessions and bring a current copy of the child’s IEP with them to both sessions. The workshops will take place from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in the Board of Education Meeting Room, 23160 Moakley Street, Leonardtown, MD  20650. These workshops are free but you must register in advance.  Please contact Susan Shannon at (301) 863-4069 or email partnersforsuccess@smcps.org to register! A flyer of the workshop is PFS FLYER 2018 IEP Mini Series APPROVED. Check out the whole Winter/Spring calendar of events PFS FLYER 2018 Winter Spring Calendar of Events updated...

Parent Consent – Alternate Ed/Assessment and Seclusion & Restraint

MSDE has issued a new Technical Assistance Bulletin regarding Parental Consent under Maryland Law for children who receive special education services through an IEP. This new Bulletin addresses questions related to new parental consent requirements under Maryland law, which for these provisions exceeds Federal law; and these consents must now be provided on an annual basis. Now under Maryland law, an IEP team must obtain yearly written consent of a parent if the team proposes to: Enroll the child in an alternative education program that does not provide or issue credits toward a Maryland High School Diploma (that is, if the child is expected to receive a Certification of Completion rather than a Diploma, which affects 1-5 % of students with special needs), or Identify the child for the alternative education assessment aligned with the State’s alternative curriculum, or Include restraint or seclusion in the IEP to address a child’s behavior (independent of that necessary in emergencies or to protect the child or others fro imminent, serious, physical harm) The Bulletin was originally issued in June 2017, and a subsequent revision was issued in November. A PDF copy of the Bulletin can be downloaded here:  MDTABulletinParentalConsentUnderMdLaw112017 For more information on this and other publications issued by MSDE, please go...