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"The most successful parent advisory committees are those with a clear purpose of who is asking for advice, what advice is being sought, and who is committed to hearing and responding to the advice."

B. Schwab, 1992

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A Parent's Guide to Local and Special Education Advisory Councils in Minnesota

Working Together: A Parent's Guide to Parent and Professional Partnership and Communication Within Special Education
Helping parents effectively communicate with special education professionals as they develop their child's educational program. 2006.

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PACER Resources

Become familiar with your school district, Know Your School District: Tips for Parent Members of Local Special Education Advisory Councils (SEACs)

Learn how to plan and prepare to tell your story, "From Experience to Influence: The Power of a Parent's Story"

Determine what questions to ask, and how to ask them, "Key Questions for Special Education Advisory Countil (SEAC) Parent Members to Ask"

Discover and define your role as a parent leader, "IEP for Parent Leaders in Advisory Positions"

Learn ways to be a successful partner with your child's school, "Keys to Success In the Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC) Parent-School Partnership"

Investigate opportunities and determine if they are a good fit for you, "Guidelines for Exploring Interagency Opportunities"

Minnesota Charter Schools and Special Education Advisory Councils (SEACs) pdf document


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