Special Ed Advisory Committee

The Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC) will host a free parent workshop, “Understanding Special Education.”

Understanding Special Education

This free parent workshop will help you identify your child’s learning strengths and challenges as well as organize your important information about your child so it will be helpful in educational planning. Come and learn the seven phases of the special education process and identify the specific actions you may take during the special education process. You will become familiar with due process rights and learn ways to work as partners with teacher and other school personnel.

Contact the PEATC office at (800) 869- 6782 or raymond@peatc.org with any questions or cancellations.

The Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC) is a a statewide non-profit organization that strives to empower students and self-advocates to create positive futures for Virginia's children by working collaboratively with families, schools, and communities in order to improve opportunities for excellence in education and success in school and community life. Their special focus is on children with disabilities.

January 30, 2020
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST
Suffolk, VA

Booker T. Washington Elementary School
204 Walnut Street
Suffolk, VA 23434

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The Special Education Advisory Committee meetings are open to the public, and are held in the King's Fork Middle School library media center, beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Jan. 22, 2020
  • Mar. 18, 2020
  • May 20, 2020
  • July 15, 2020

Chairperson: Leslie Schiefer ... LSchiefer.SEAC@gmail.com

Vice Chairperson: Vivian Evett ... vevett@gmail.com

Secretary: Courtney Richardson

Minutes of 7-17-19 SEAC Meeting

The functions of the Special Education Advisory Committee are to:

  • Advise the school division of unmet needs in the education of children with disabilities
  • Assist the Suffolk Public Schools in the formulation and development of long-range plans which will provide services needed for children with disabilities in the Suffolk Public Schools and the community
  • Participate in the development of priorities and strategies for meeting the identified needs of children with disabilities
  • Submit periodic reports and recommendations to the Suffolk Public School Board through the division superintendent regarding the education of children with disabilities
  • Assist the Suffolk Public Schools in interpreting the community plans for meeting the needs of children with disabilities for educational advancement


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