Archives of 2019-2020 Meeting Minutes

  • Monday October 7: Meet and Greet with Administration: Dawn Linden, new Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Student Support Services and Marianne Fidishin, new Executive Director of Student Intervention and Support Services. (parent questions from meeting and AAPAC responses)
  • Monday November 4: Lessons learned from the beginning of the school year, a building-level transition survey for parents, and how AAPS prepares students and families for planned and unplanned changes in staffing and programs. Following the discussion of transitions, Dr. Fidishin will share with us what she sees as key structural issues that need to be addressed to move AAPS toward a successful inclusion model district based on her previous work. She will also provide a brief update on what to expect for next steps in developing the SISS Strategic Plan. (agenda)
  • Monday December 2: Topic: Safety and Security for Individuals with Disabilities, presented by Sgt. Eugene Rush – Community Engagement, Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Department, and Jason Gold – Gem Advocacy Group (flyer with meeting info, agenda, minutes) – Presentation by Sgt. Eugene Rush with Q&A: How Law Enforcement is Prepared for Individuals with Disabilities & Presentation with Jason Gold with Q&A: SafeBeings™ application is a non-verbal communication tool actualizing personal safety for people with invisible and visible conditions or disabilities.
  • Monday January 6, 2020: Information on upcoming Safety Care Training for Parents (QBS) with Vicky James and David Barton, AAPS District BCBAs, then IEP 101 with Kristen Columbus, Michigan Alliance for Families (flyer, agenda, minutes)
  • Monday February 3 Building Level Transitions – What to Expect when your student moves up to Kindergarten, Middle, High, and Young Adult (flyer, agenda)
  • Monday March 2 – Summer Camp & Activities Fair – note alternate location at the WISD Teaching & Learning Center, 1819 S. Wagner Rd, 6:30 – 8 pm, in the Vogel A & B rooms. – Representatives from 20 local organizations who offer summer programming with disability accommodations or for children who have other special needs (flyer)
  • Monday April 6 – cancelled due to school closings and social distancing
  • Monday May 4 – cancelled due to school closings and social distancing
  • Monday June 8, 2020 – final parent meeting of the year via ZOOM, from 7-8:30pm with Special Education Mediation Services via Zoom. We started the meeting with an update and recap of AAPAC Board work since our last meeting in March, and discussed parent liaison recruiting board elections for fall. Then Beth Kohler with Special Education Mediation Services (SEMS) presented on how parents can utilize the FREE services offered by SEMS to facilitate and mediate conversations with schools about IEPs and 504s. (agenda, slides)



Archives of 2018-2019 Meeting Minutes:

  • Monday October 1 – Dr. Swift and the SISS directors were introduced. And there was an AAPS Board of Education Candidate Forum with a focus on special education for the eight candidates running for the four open seats on November 6–that was the feature of AAPAC’s first parent meeting of 2018-19 school year! (flyer, agenda, livestream)
  • Monday November 5: District Reading Initiative, Upper Level–Sarah Andrew-Vaughn, District Dept. Chair, 6-12, English Language Arts. Also, Secondary Sexual Health Education for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities — Shalyn Furton, Autism Spectrum Disorder Coordinator, SISS (flyer, livestream, safety care class flyer, safety care signup link)
  • Monday December 3, 2018: (flyer, agenda) “Updates and Enhancements from SISS and Instruction” from Concetta Lewis, Interim Executive Director, SISS, and Lee Ann Dickinson-Kelley, Assistant Superintendent, K-12 Instruction and “Adaptive Physical Education Updates” from Deak Swearingen, Adaptive PE Specialist, SISS
  • Monday January 7, 2019: 7:00pm: LeeAnn Dickinson-Kelley, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, showed Atlas, the new AAPS online curriculum map. This tool provides a comprehensive database for parents to see curriculum standards for every grade level and subject area. 7:30pm: two webinars from Michigan Alliance for Families: Free & Appropriate Public Education and Least Restrictive Environment. (invitation, agenda)
  • Monday February 4: AAPS Elementary Support Interventions for Reading, Math and Science – Presented by Erica Hatt and Tony Stamm (flyer)
  • Monday March 4 – Adapted Summer Camps and Activities Fair – Representatives from over 25 local organizations who offer summer programming with accommodations or for children with special needs (invitation, list of camps)
  • Monday April 1 – What to expect when your child with an IEP will change a level to a new school next year – Presented by Concetta Lewis – Interim Executive Director, SISS – NEW: Live-streamed to the public (to be archived on AAPS website for viewing, too!) Attend remotely using this link: (invitation)
  • Friday April 12 – Special AAPAC Parent Workshop – Planning For Your Loved One’s Future – This meeting discussed services and supports available for your teen as you help them make a successful transition to adulthood. – NEW Center – Presenter: Suzi Naguib, Psy.D., Clinical Director, Sunfield Center for Autism, ADHD and Behavioral Health.
  • Monday May 13 – A live presentation from Michigan Alliance for Families. Sandee Koski presented an Introduction to Positive Behavior Supports. Topics covered included how to ask for a Functional Behavior Analysis (FBA), how the FBA leads to a Behavior Intervention Plan, making sure the team is using positive behavior supports, and what to do when the plan isn’t working. (invitation).
  • Monday June 3 – Concetta Lewis, Interim Executive Director for SISS opened the meeting with a recap of the progress has SISS made over the 2018–2019 school year and changes implemented, and she discussed the next steps in the development of the SISS Strategic Plan. At 7:15 p.m. AAPAC held elections for the next year’s Executive Committee.At 7:30 p.m. Suzi Naguib, Psy.D., Clinical Director of Sunfield Center, gave a presentation on Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). PCIT is an evidence-based treatment for young children with emotional and behavioral difficulties. PCIT focuses on improving the parent-child relationship, increasing child compliance, and reducing problem behaviors. (flyer)



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