NSPAC: Go the Distance Nominations; rescheduled reading workshop and more

Above: NSPAC has a busy week with “Go the Distance” award nominations due and a rescheduled reading workshop (photo of reading in the classroom cropped from image posted to flickr by US Department of Education)

I’m overdue in sharing news from the Northborough-Southborough district’s Special Education Parent Advisory Council. This Friday is the deadline for “Go the Distance Award” nominations. And I never posted that a special reading workshop scheduled for March 2nd was reschedule due to snow. There’s also a regular monthly meeting this week. More details on each NSPAC news item are below.

Go the Distance nominations

The annual awards by NSPAC honor people who have made a difference for children with special needs:

Please complete the form [here] to nominate one individual who has made a positive impact in your child’s life during this current academic year. This person can be a bus driver, teacher, cafeteria worker, paraprofessional, support staff member, another student, or community employee (such as a hairdresser, coach, dance teacher, or librarian). It should be an individual who has made a significant contribution in enhancing the life of your child. Everyone nominated will be recognized.

Any family member or guardian of a child with special needs in the Northborough or Southborough Public School District is free to submit a nomination. The nomination can also be made by the child or in the name of your child.

We are only accepting ONE nomination form per family/per child who is currently on an IEP or 504 plan. If you have two children on an IEP or 504 plan, you may make one nomination for each child; however, a separate form must be completed for each nomination.

The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, April 12, 2019 at 7 p.m. Nominations received after this date and time cannot be accepted due to planning purposes. Sorry, no exceptions.

Reading Goals Workshop

Back in February, I posted about a special workshop co-sponsored by NSPAC. The new date is this Saturday, April 13th, 1:00 pm at Northborough Library, 34 Main Street.

The presentation subtitled “A Clear and Structured Process for Effective Reading Goals” is something parents of children with dyslexia will want to note. But it is also intended for parents of children with other learning disabilities. 

Reading is complex and effective instruction is urgent for those with a disability like dyslexia or other learning challenges. . .

You will learn what you need to know about the science of reading, understand how to apply the correct data for making Individualized Education Program (IEP) decisions, know if the instruction your child is receiving is targeting the needs of your child, and know if your child’s instruction is meeting the standards of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) law. Parents are encouraged to bring copies of student evaluations and IEPs.

Reading Goals Workshop flyerA flyer notes that reading science topics addressed will include decoding, evidence-based interventions, fluency, and comprehension. (Ignore the date and time on the flyer.)

The event is co-sponsored by the SPACs for Shrewsbury and Westborough. That means there may be a lot of attendees, so RSVPs are encouraged. Please email NSPAC at nspac1@gmail.com.

The workshop will be run by Nancy Duggan, the Executive Director of Decoding Dyslexia – Massachusetts: 

Nancy Duggan recently was honored and received the 2018 Alice H. Garside Award for her dedicated, inspiring, and effective grassroots leadership in support of struggling readers. She is a school counseling professional, Orton-Gillingham reading therapist, and educational consultant and has provided professional development in reading, dyslexia and learning disabilities for public and private schools and departments of education in many states.

And a previous announcement shared:

Most recently, Nancy’s dedication, drive and knowledge helped to pass the first legislature in Massachusetts for early screening for dyslexia.

You can find out more about her organization here.

Other events

More is coming up this spring, including a regular NSPAC meeting this week:

Wednesday, April 10 –

NSPAC Meeting*, 10:00 am @ Southborough Library (An informal social/support group will meet after the meeting as time allows.)

Thursday, May 16 –

Go the Distance Recognition Night, 6 – 7:30 pm @ Algonquin Regional High School Cafeteria

Wednesday, June 12 –

Board Officers Election*, 10:00 am @ Southborough Library (An informal social/support group will meet after the meeting as time allows.)

For more information on NSPAC, click here.

*These morning sessions are open meetings and all are welcome to attend. However, you are asked to please use the proper channels to discuss any individual IEP or 504 concerns.

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