Seeking Representative for MDE's Special Education Advisory Committee

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MASSP is seeking a member volunteer to serve a three-year term on the MDE's statewide Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC).

Andy Kowalczyk, Principal at Handy Middle School in Bay City, has been representing MASSP for the past two years, but is unfortunately unable to finish his term on the committee. We thank Andy for his time and commitment to this important work!

MASSP must appoint a replacement for the remainder of Andy's term and the next three-year term on the committee. The position is for a "defined member," meaning that the representative we appoint must either be the parent of a child with an IEP or a person who self identifies as having a disability.

Here's a little more information about the SEAC:

  • The SEAC exists because of the IDEA requirement that each state have a State Advisory Panel for Special Education.
  • The SEAC advises both the MDE and the State Board of Education on key special education issues.
  • The SEAC has a broad diversity of stakeholders – administrators, providers, advocates, parents, and consumers concerned with the education of all children including students with disabilities.

SEAC meetings are held at the Lansing Community College the first Wednesday of the month. They are held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. September through June. MDE reimburses committee members for mileage. The committee normally discusses Special Education programming and processes – this includes legal updates and problems that occur throughout the state. There is usually time each meeting spent on editing and adjusting the direction of the Special Education communications and reports.

If you meet the requirements above and are willing to serve and represent MASSP on the SEAC, please email me at wendyz@michiganprincipals.org.