Seemingly no urgency here despite the state of Special Ed services in SPS. It will be interesting to see what this "marketing campaign" for more diversity on SEAAC will look like. It looks like a bit lift to find that many people from such a variety of groups.
That this will now run until the end of November likely means nothing will happen until after the winter holidays. Nothing like deliberate speed.
Dear Special Education Advisory and Advocacy Council (SEAAC) Nominees,
We want to thank you for your application to serve on the Special Education Advisory and Advocacy Council. We are looking forward to a productive year working with the Council to address the five goals for Special Education in the Seattle Public Schools Strategic Plan.
At this time, we are putting the selection of the committee on hold. While we are very pleased with the parent/guardian representation in the pool of applicants, there are groups that are not yet represented. Therefore we are extending the application deadline and will begin a marketing campaign next week, beginning on October 27, 2014 to recruit more nominees. Specifically we will be recruiting Council representation from the following:
· More families from our ethnically and culturally diverse populations representing students with a wide range of issues who are receiving Special Education services
· More SPS Special Education teachers that represent the diverse programs and regions of the District
· SPS administrators
· Community Organizations that serve families with children with disabilities
· Representatives from universities that can work with us to educate and recruit highly qualified teaching staff.
We are very excited to begin a new school year partnering with families and the SPED community to continue to improve communication and the quality of services provided to our SPS students with special education needs. Other efforts to partner with varied constituents includes the following activities: Special Education PTSA meetings, Special Education Task Force, Special Education Implementation, RC-CAP Steering Committee and university advisory teams.
Your nomination form/application will remain in the pool of candidates. The new deadline for additional nominations is November 14, 2014. It is our goal to widen the engagement of the Seattle Public Schools’ Special Education Community by increasing and diversifying the number voices on the Council.
Appointments to the council will be made by November 26, 2014.
Thank you again for your interest in serving on this council and for your patience as we expand our Special Education Advisory and Advocacy Council recruitment efforts.
Interim Executive Director of Special Education
Seattle Public Schools