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    Parent Leadership in Special Education

    The Special Education Department has a network of parents and guardians who help ensure that family voices are always included in our work. We believe this is especially important to this department because parents and guardians play integral roles in developing their student’s Individual Education Program (IEP). Our parent leaders help us improve communication, support, and collaboration throughout our school district.

    These leaders serve in four capacities:

    Special Education Advisory and Advocacy Council Members (SEAAC)

    • This group works collaboratively on systemic issues affecting special education.
    • The SpEd Department hosts and plans between five to ten meetings per year.
    • SEAAC members apply and are selected by the district; members serve as volunteers. Apply to be a member of SEAAC.

    Parent Partners

    • Provide private peer-to-peer support to individual families
    • Referrals are coordinated through the SpEd Department Parent Liaison.
    • Parent Partners apply and are selected, trained, and paid by the district. Apply to be a Parent Partner.

    School-based Parent Liaisons

    • Provide a “parent-oriented” point of connection between schools, district, and PTSA.
    • These volunteers are coordinated and managed by SpEd Department Parent Liaison.
    • School-based Parent Liaisons apply and are selected and trained by the District; members serve as volunteers. Apply to be a School-based Parent Liaison.

    If you are interested in applying to be a member of SEACC, a Parent Partner, or a School-based Parent Liaison, or if you have any questions about these programs, contact

    Special Education PTSA

    This group provides organization and advocacy under the bylaws of Washington State PTA. This means they have a voice, membership, and communications that are independent of the District.

    • The District and SpEd PTSA Board have regularly scheduled points of engagement throughout the year.
    • The Board is nominated and elected by the Seattle SpEd PTSA Membership.
    • To get involved, contact Seattle Special Education PTSA.