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Monday, June 10, 2019

Cancelled -HCS—AC Relaunch Meeting On Wednesday

 Update: this meeting has been cancelled.

Editor’s note - I changed the blog title as apparently it did not accurately reflect the meeting information.  I actually did this to try to allow more parents to be aware of this meeting but I’m feeling like no good deed goes unpunished.

End of note

The Highly Capable Services Advisory Committee (HCS-AC) and HiCap Seattle would like to warmly invite all community members committed to the education of highly capable and twice exceptional students in Seattle to join us for our re-launch meeting this Wednesday (June 12, 2019, 7:00 p.m. in the Cascadia Elementary School library). We would like your input at this kick-off event to engage and unify the hicap/2e community on advocacy for hicap/2e students with schools, district staff, and board members on behalf of hicap/2e students, and lay plans for outreach and advocacy in the 2019-202 school year.

Please join us:
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 7 p.m.
Cascadia Elementary School library
1700 N 90th St, Seattle, WA 98103

The HCS-AC was founded two decades ago as an independent parent group focused on advocacy for hicap students. Under Colleen Stump, we were transformed into being partners with the district and an official advisory group. In 2016, the chair of the district's Advanced Learning department was invited to participate as a co-president, but the district withdrew from this role in 2018. As a part of our re-launch, we will be merging our equity work, district liaisoning, community building, and hicap/2e advocacy with HiCapSeattle.org as a single organization.

You may recall last fall that we shared a summary from the community survey on HC/AL. A high percentage of respondents with children in the HCC program shared similar concerns coalescing around these issues:
· Need for equitable identification practices and evidence-based practices in service delivery
· Low confidence in SPS plan for HC/AL curriculum
· Low confidence in SPS plan for operational aspects of HC/AL services delivery
· Poor response/communication from the district

We look forward to seeing you Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 7:00 p.m., at Cascadia Elementary School, to contribute in a reboot to unify and advocate effectively on behalf of all Highly Capable Services students!