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PSB Special Education Program Review: Call for Focus Groups

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The communication below provides important information from the Public Schools of Brookline. Translated versions are available at the following links:

Dear Parents/Guardians of Students in Special Education,

 

As Dr. Guillory communicated in his October 22 Superintendent’s Update, the district has contracted with two external consultants to conduct a review of Brookline’s special education program in order to inform the District’s strategic planning process.  This review seeks to answer the following questions:

  • To what extent do all students have equitable and effective support and access to both general education and special education programming? 
  • What is the experience of parents/guardians as they engage in the planning and delivery of special education services for their children? 
  • To what extent does the current special education organizational structure support effective programming for all students with special needs?

In addition to analyzing student data from the Public Schools of Brookline, the consultants have begun to interview and hold focus groups with key district stakeholders to gain an understanding of the district’s current strengths and areas of need.  

 

Parents/guardians of students in Special Education are one of these key stakeholder groups, and we are offering opportunities for ZOOM structured focus groups in January on the following dates and times:

 

Tuesday, January 11

9:00 - 10:30 AM  

PreK - Grade 5 Parents/Guardians

Thursday, January 20

7:00 - 8:30 PM   

PreK - Grade 5 Parents/Guardians

     

Thursday, January 20

9:00 - 10:30 AM  

Grade 6 - Age 22 Parents/Guardians

Tuesday, January 11

7:00 - 8:30 PM  

Grade 6 - Age 22 Parents/Guardians

 

We encourage all voices to be heard in these focus groups. The consultants will be structuring the ZOOM meeting to provide an inclusive and comfortable experience for all participants. We hope to have a maximum of 25 parents at each meeting and will set up more meetings if there is a larger response. Please sign up for a meeting here.   

 

Additionally, in an effort to maximize participation, we will be offering an anonymous survey online.  The survey will be open for the month of January, and your responses will be sent directly to the consultants.  We will be sending information about how to access the survey after the winter vacation. 

 

We look forward to learning from you.  

 

Sincerely,

Office of Student Services
Public Schools of Brookline