Specialized Student Services Committee

  • Committee Work:

    The Committee will act as a resource for parents of students in special education or those receiving special services/support by facilitating information sharing and making parents aware of both U-46 and outside community programs and resources available for their special needs child. The Committee also works to provide opportunities for parent engagement.

    For the 2020/21 school year, the Committee will host and facilitate two informational programs.  These programs will consist of topics applicable to all special needs children regardless of age or disability and will be presented by either U-46 personnel or outside experts who provide services to special needs children. Please see our calendar listing here for up-to-date topics and meeting locations, or click on the link below to download the PDF version!

    IEP Educational Videos

    In 2013, the Committee worked with the U-46 Special Education Department to create an informational video titled “Understanding Your Child’s IEP”, which serves as the foundational video of our Special Education University series. Both English and Spanish versions are available for viewing online. We highly recommend watching the video whether you are new to the IEP process, or are just needing a refresher.

    Click for the Understanding Your Child’s IEP English version here.
    Click for the Understanding Your Child’s IEP Spanish version here.

    Meeting Information:  The following are proposed dates for meetings & presentations to held by the committee.  Dates marked by * are proposed dates for presentations (subject to change).  All presentations will be held virtually for the 2021-2022 school year.



    10/19/21 - A recording of the presentation "A Social Worker's View on Future Planning" is available here and a PDF copy of the presentation is available here

    11/04/21 - Normalizing Emotions for an Abnormal Year: Supporting Childhood Anxiety and Depression will be presented via Zoom. Register here for the link. 



    02/08/22* - "There's No Such Thing as a New Normal: A Wise Family's Guide to Navigating Mental Health" presented by psychologists Joey M. Williams and David N. Hunt of Advanced Behavioral Solutions. Presentation will start at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Register here for the link. 

    03/08/22*  Identifying, Supporting and Advocating for your Twice-Exceptional Child" presented by psychologists Dr. Ann Weller and Saba Mahmood of Plum Tree Psychology. Presentation will start at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Register here for the link. See the event flyer here



Special Education Virtual Program Series Flyer for March 2022

Special Education Committee Minutes, Documents, and Presentations

Committee Co-Chairpersons

  • Sarah Siddiqui
    Hilltop Elementary

    Avita Odoom
    Sycamore Trails Elementary

    Chanda Schwartz
    Nature Ridge Elementary

    Ginger Kurtz
    Kenyon Woods MS