Advocacy

Equity Advisory Council and the Office of Equity and Inclusion

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School District has a long-standing awareness of the importance of creating an equitable learning environment for all students and staff and developing collaborative partnerships with families and stakeholders that represent our diverse community. The Office of Equity and Inclusion will work to eliminate inequities by disrupting systems that have historically marginalized students through student empowerment and district support.

Gifted Program Advisory Council

GPAC Purpose

To advocate for students who need differentiated approaches for advanced instruction in order to meet their academic and intellectual needs.

  • To improve the overall quality of gifted programming for students in K-12.

  • To foster clear and constructive communications among parents, schools, and the school district.

GPAC Function

  • To provide direct support for implementation of the focus practices of the 2019-2022 Plan Cycle.

  • To provide feedback to the parent and educational communities regarding the status and implementation of gifted programming at respective schools.

  • To recommend strategies for improving services and opportunities to students in K-12.

  • To serve as a liaison for sharing of programmatic successes and constructive feedback among the district, school and parent groups in our community.

Special Needs Advisory Council

The Special Needs Advisory Council (SNAC) strives to represent the interests of Exceptional Children (EC) students, with the goal of helping to improve the educational experience of EC students and promote inclusion and awareness to benefit all students in the CHCCS district. A full discussion of SNAC, including its purpose, meeting calendar, and Bylaws, are found at http://snac.chccs.k12.nc.us/home


SAVE THE DATE: January 27th 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The CHCCS Exceptional Children’s Department will host an informational webinar regarding the Presence Learning platform. The purpose of this opportunity will be for families to learn more about how Psychologists, Speech-Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists are using the Presence Learning platform to meet the needs of our students during a remote learning environment. Session will be recorded.

To attend, please use this ZOOM link:CLICK HERE (for session in English) at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, January 27th

RESERVE LA FECHA: 27 de enero 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

El Departamento de Niños Excepcionales de CHCCS organizará un seminario web informativo sobre la plataforma Aprendizaje con Presencia. El propósito de esta oportunidad será que las familias aprendan más sobre cómo los psicólogos, patólogos del habla y el lenguaje, terapeutas ocupacionales y fisioterapeutas están utilizando la plataforma Aprendizaje con Presencia para satisfacer las necesidades de nuestros estudiantes durante un entorno de aprendizaje remoto. La sesión será grabada para su conveniencia.

Para asistir, utilice este enlace ZOOM: HAGA CLIC AQUÍ (para la sesión en español) a las 6:00 pm el miércoles 27 de enero


Attached you will find our SNAC Mid-Year Report. Our leadership team will be meeting with members of the Board of Education, Dr. Hamlett, and district leadership on Wednesday morning to present this report and continue our collaboration with the district for the improvement of education for EC students. We thank you for your support of SNAC and the EC students in our district.


Sincerely,

Lindsay Bedford

SNAC Chair

Get Involved with SNAC

The Special Needs Advisory Council (SNAC) is organized with four current workgroups. The members of these workgroups study areas of concern brought forward by its members and the special needs community. We then collaborate with district staff and advocate on these issues to the District, Superintendent, and Board of Education. We invite you to read below to learn more about each workgroup. Please fill out the form attached if you would like to join a workgroup listserv or the general SNAC email listserv, which sends communications about monthly meetings, resources, and important updates. Even if you are unable to attend workgroup meetings, the leaders do send out email communications.

Our four current workgroups include:

General Education Workgroup - working on behalf of students with IEPs or 504s who are placed in general education/grade level classrooms. Areas of study include:

  • Co-teaching

  • Support for social skills and executive functioning in high school

  • Support for students when group work is required in high school

  • Improved instruction for students with dyslexia

  • Support for families during remote learning

Adapted Curriculum Workgroup - working on behalf of students who are in system level adapted curriculum classes on the extended content standards. Areas of study include:

  • Staff retention and support

  • Literacy Supports

  • Augmentative Communication Technology

  • Professional Development

  • Progress and safety of AC Students

  • Loss of vocational rehabilitation during the pandemic

Secondary Transition Workgroup - working to improve post-secondary transition opportunities for high school students with IEPs. Areas of study include:

  • Family access to transition resources and processes during remote learning.

  • Implementation of student transition plans

  • Community Engagement with Lincoln Center, especially in how to create job training opportunities during and after the pandemic

  • Advocacy for OCS students missing school and community based work training hours during remote learning.

Twice Exceptional (2E) Workgroup - working on behalf of students who have an IEP or 504 and are identified as gifted. Areas of study include:

  • Advocacy for families during remote learning

  • Supporting and training for teachers and staff

  • Communication with Powerschool and coordinating multiple services such as gifted, EC, 504, guidance, and Multi-tiered System of Support (MTSS)

  • Code of Conduct/SROs

Click here to fill out the google form to join a workgroup listserv or our SNAC email listserv.

Sincerely,

Lindsay Bedford

SNAC Chair

snacofchccs@gmail.com


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