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Groton-Dunstable SPEDPAC lecture series

Essential facilitation of IEP meetings: Community awareness seminar

Presenter: Spectrum K12 School Solutions

Who should attend? Parents, staff and community members who want to learn about a new collaborative Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meeting model the District is exploring.

DATE: Thursday, Nov. 13

TIME: 7 to 9 p.m.

PLACE: Groton Dunstable Regional High School Library

The Essential Facilitation of IEP Meetings Community Awareness seminar provides a concise overview of the facilitation process and techniques to provide all IEP meeting participants the knowledge and tools to ensure successful, collaborative IEP meetings that are focused on student outcomes. This seminar will help educate parents, administrators and the community on the process and techniques of facilitation. Several members of the GDRSD Special Education Department attended a week long training course this summer and are in the process of planning for the future implementation of this type of IEP meeting model in the District.

Spectrum K12 School Solutions provides training and consulting services for special education and at-risk population administrators and educators as well as parents and the community. Visit www.spectrumk12.com for more information.

Next Groton-Dunstable SpedPAC Business Meeting:

DATE: Wednesday, Nov. 19

TIME: 1:15 to 2:45 p.m.

PLACE: Groton Dunstable Regional Middle School North Library Project Room. Note: Change in meeting date and time.

ALL GROTON-DUNSTABLE SPEDPAC MEETINGS & EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

The SpedPAC Lecture Series is funded through the generosity of a grant from the Groton Trust Fund.

For more information please contact Melissa Sweeny, SpedPAC President at 978.448.0082 or via email at msweeny@gdspedpac.org or visit www.gdspedpac.org.

Groton Dunstable Education Foundation’s Fall 2008 cycle closes

The Groton Dunstable Education Foundation’s fall 2008 grant cycle closed Nov. 1, yielding 18 grant applications totaling more than $7800. The Ed Foundation’s Board of Directors will review and evaluate all applications prior to voting on Nov. 14. Applicants will be notified the week of Dec. 1 on the status of their grant application and an announcement will be made to the public at the GDRSD School Committee meeting on Dec. 3.

Funding for Ed Foundation grants comes from the financial support of community members and businesses through donations to its Annual Giving Campaign and support of fundraising events. The Ed Foundation will be officially kicking off its Fourth Annual Giving Campaign in early December and will be asking for your tax-deductible donations to continue funding enrichment programs and materials and professional development for the Groton-Dunstable public schools. Last spring’s fundraiser, the Reach for the Stars Benefit Auction, will return to Groton on Saturday, March 14, 2009, so please save the date.

Prior to this cycle, the Education Foundation has funded 127 grants totaling just over $200,000 over the past five years. For a complete listing of grants and information on how you can help, please visit WWW.GDEFINC.ORG.