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MONTCLAIR SEPAC Meeting – June 15, 2017.

From Montclair SEPAC:

Hello SEPAC Community,

Our final meeting of the year will take place on Thursday, June 15th at 7:30pm.

Location to be decided.

We are happy to share that Interim Superintendent Barbara Pinsak will be joining us.

Also on the agenda will be general SEPAC business, including setting our priorities for the 2017-2018 school year.

Hope to see you there!
The SEPAC Leadership Team
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Bloomfield SEPAC Meeting – May 17, 2017, at The Early Childhood Center at Forest Glen School.

Our next Bloomfield SEPAC Meeting is set for Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at The Early Childhood Center at Forest Glen School from 7 – 9 P.M.

Our special guest will be Dr. Ellen Platt, a renowned Child Psychiatrist who will speak about such topics as helping Parents to deal with Anxiety and School Avoidance with Pre-School through  Elementary School Students. She will also hold a Question & Answer Session for our Parents

Dr. Platt held a very informative Forum for parents of our school Teens in January and she has graciously agreed to return to do the same for the parents of our younger age students at our May 17th Meeting.

The Early Childhood center at Forest Glen is located at 280 Davey Street, Bloomfield, N.J.  Davey Street is off Belleville Avenue, in Bloomfield.  After you turn onto Davey Street, just follow the winding road to the end and you will be in the School Parking Lot.

All are welcome. Please bring a friend and a question or two that you would like the Doctor to address.

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Tips For Managing Your Child’s Technology Use

“​This information is included in our Guide to Parenting in the Digital Age. Click here to see the rest of the guide.

Almost any child that has access to a computer has equal access to the dangers of the Internet. Recent events in the news highlight these dangers. That’s why it is imperative that you be informed on how to protect your children when they’re online.

The following tips are excerpts from 20 Internet Safety Tips for Parents provided by Lynette A. Battaglia, United States Attorney for the District of Maryland:

​Internet Safety Tips for Parents:

  1. Become computer literate and be actively involved in your children’s online experiences.

  2. Place computers in high-traffic areas, not a child’s room.

  3. Use screening software.

  4. Read unfamiliar e-mails. Monitor telephone and modem changes. Check out unfamiliar phone numbers and e-mail addresses.

  5. Don’t allow children to spend long periods of time on the computer, especially at night.

  6. Help children understand that online users may not be who they claim to be or who they seem to be. Get to know your children’s Internet friends.

  7. Tell children to report anything they come across online that seems strange or makes them uncomfortable especially if they are ever asked personal questions or invited to personal meetings.

  8. Tell children to report to you suggestive, obscene or threatening e-mail or bulletin board messages. Forward copies to your ISP (Internet Service Provider) and insist they help deal with the problem.

  9. Be concerned if children mention adults you don’t know, become sensitive, or appear to have inappropriate sexual knowledge.

  10. Post the Internet Safety Rules for Kids by your computer.

Internet Safety Rules for Kids:

  1. ​Never give out personal information, such as your name, address, school name or address, or parents’ or teachers’ names or addresses.

  2. Never create online profiles.

  3. Never visit chat rooms or join an IRC (Internet Relay Chat) without permission.

  4. Never go to private chat rooms or meet online friends in a private online setting.

  5. Never go to new Web sites without permission.

  6. Never respond to rude or offensive e-mail, instant messages or postings.

  7. Never post, send or receive pictures (usually files that end with GI, jpg, jpeg, or tiff).

  8. Never meet online friends in person without a parent present.​”

The above information can be found in full at

Special thanks to a concerned and very helpful Parent for providing us with this important information.


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NJCIE Inclusion Conference. June 27th & June 28th at Montclair University

New Jersey Coalition For Inclusive Education- 15TH ANNUAL SUMMER INCLUSION CONFERENCE

Montclair State University

June 27th and 28th, 2017

Register Online Here!

Paper Registration Form Here!

Conference Schedule click here


Dr. Marilyn Friend


Marilyn Friend, Ph.D., has spent her career as a general education teacher, special education teacher, teacher educator, and staff developer. She is Professor Emerita of Education in the Department of Specialized Education Services at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and she is Past President of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of children and youth with disabilities and/or gifts and talents.

Dr. Friend has consulted with school professionals nationally and internationally (more than 3000 presentations and projects in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia) as they collaborate to educate their students, assisting them to form productive and efficient work teams, to learn the best ways to manage awkward or adversarial conversations, and to communicate effectively with parents

Her particular areas of interest include skills for collaboration, co-teaching, inclusive school practices, team building, shared problem solving, interpersonal communication, conflict and controversy, and home-school communication. She is the author or co-author of three widely used college textbooks on special education: a variety of co-teaching materials for teachers and administrators; more than 50 articles about collaboration, inclusive practices, and co-teaching; and a highly popular video series on co-teaching and other inclusive practices

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Conference Schedule click here

Dr. Rhonda Bondie


Dr. Rhonda Bondie is an assistant professor of special education at Fordham University in New York City. She began her teaching career as an artist-in-residence and then became a special education teacher. She enjoyed over twenty years as both a teacher and administrator in K-12 urban public schools.Rhonda has been a faculty member at Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Project Zero Classroom for many years, where she has developed expertise in teaching for understanding, making thinking visible, and using protocols to build collaborative learning cultures. Rhonda’s innovative learning strategies have been published in books such as, Making Thinking Visible and Igniting Creativity in Gifted Learners , K-6: Strategies for Every Teacher and on websites such as the National History Education Clearinghouse.

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Michelle Lockwood, M.S.


Michelle Lockwood, M.S., NJCIE’s Director of Positive Behavior Support Services, has over 17 years of professional experience working with students and individuals in need of behavioral support in public and private facilities. Prior to moving to New Jersey and joining the staff of NJCIE in 2007, Michelle was a Behavior Specialist and Inclusion Facilitator for the Howard County Public School System in Maryland. At present, she is working in multiple districts throughout New Jersey, providing professional development and support to school staff in developing school-wide, classroom, and individual student positive behavior support systems. Michelle also presents workshops to parent groups and facilitates the development of behavior intervention plans for individual students (elementary and secondary) based upon Functional Behavior Assessments (FBAs).

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Conference Schedule Click Here

Breakout sessions will feature 60 Workshops over 2 days including these topics:

Maintaining an Inclusive Setting: Delving into the IEP and the Least Restrictive Environment Portion

Using a Flipped Classroom to provide Special Education and Related Services in an Inclusion Model

“People in Motion” Creating authentic inclusive (non- therapeutic) recreational movement opportunities for your child

Inclusion and the Co-Teaching Classroom: Partnership for Student Success

Community Building for Differentiated Strategies

Successfully Transitioning to a Response to Intervention Framework in NJ

When the World Loses Hope: How Can Teachers Help Students to Keep Pushing Forward?

Easy Individualized Reading Instruction for Struggling Readers

Disabling Oppression in K-12 Curricula: Teaching students to recognize ableism in popular culture

From an I&RS Team to a Problem-Solving Team

Developing Emotional Regulation and Problem Solving Skills in Youth: Social Decision Making Skills an Evidence-Based Model

Best Practices in Developing and Implementing Inclusion Programs in the Public Schools

Project Lead; Training and Consultation Specialist, Person Centered Approaches in Schools and Transition (PCAST), Respectively

New Jersey Tiered Systems of Support (NJTSS)

The development of the Increasing Access to College Project at Montclair State University

Co-teaching Math within A Response to Intervention Framework

Co-teaching Writing in a Data Driven Classroom

Adapting your technology classes to a student with a visual impairment

Pre-school transformation

Strategizing Success for Secondary Co-Teaching

Beyond Rewards and Consequences: Class-Wide Applications of Positive Behavior Support for ALL Students

Been There, Done That, Now What? Developing Behavior Interventions for Students After Class-Wide Ideas Have Failed

Using Google Apps for Education for Universal Design

The Best Google Apps for Education (GAFE) Extensions and Add-Ons for Universal Design

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Pricing Information:

Early Bird Rates until March 1st, 2017:

ONE DAY RATE $115.00

TWO DAY RATE $225.00

After March 1st, 2017:

ONE DAY RATE $150.00

TWO DAY RATE $255.00

*Groups of 10 plus, please contact us

*Parents, self-advocate, and student rate is $100 per day; scholarship and volunteer opportunities are available (we can always use volunteers to help run the conference

Address: NJCIE, 60 Park Place, Suite 601 Newark, NJ 07102


Fax: 732-390-7696