Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)
What is SEAC?
The major purpose of SEAC is to provide an opportunity for parents and other school board appointees to have a voice in the way ACPS provides services to students with disabilities.
Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month (September to June), from 7-9:00 pm, in the Alexandria City High School Media Center unless noted otherwise. SEAC meetings are open to the public. See Meeting Dates, Agendas, and Minutes for more information.
- How Can SEAC Help You?
- Make A Public Comment
- SEAC Members and Liaisons
- 2019-20 Scope of Work (PDF)
- Apply to a School Board Advisory Committee
Anne R. Lipnick Awards for Specialized Instruction
Each year SEAC honors outstanding staff who work with students with disabilities. Learn more and to nominate a teacher or paraprofessional
What is SEAC?
The State of Virginia stipulates that the functions of the local Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) shall be as follows:
- Advise the local school division of needs in the education of children with disabilities;
- Participate in the development of priorities and strategies for meeting the identified needs of children with disabilities;
- Submit periodic reports and recommendations regarding the education of children with disabilities to the division superintendent for transmission to the local school board;
- Assist the local school division in interpreting plans to the community for meeting the special needs of children with disabilities for educational services;
- Review the policies and procedures for the provision of special education and related services prior to submission to the local school board; and
- Participate in the review of the local school division's annual plan.
For more information, please visit the Virginia Department of Education website.
How Can SEAC Help You?
ACPS SEAC monthly meetings are open to the public and address a range of issues of importance to the disability community. Members of the community can make a Public Comment to bring issues to SEAC’s attention. Meetings also include presentations by staff to identify, discuss and share information pertaining to areas of need and progress.
By attending meetings, you:
- Receive information that will assist you in becoming a partner in a student’s education;
- Network with other parents of students with disabilities, as well as education professionals; and
- Learn more about how to inform the policy and program decisions regarding special education and related services in Alexandria City Public Schools.
SEAC is aware that many parents are not able to attend meetings so is currently exploring additional means to share information with the ACPS community.
Public Comments are a valuable way for SEAC to become aware of needs in the education of children with disabilities in our district.
There are two ways to make a Public Comment:
- Attend a SEAC meeting. The first 10-15 minutes of each meeting are devoted to Public Comment; however, if no members of the public are present for Public Comment, the meeting will progress to the next agenda item. Please limit your comments to three minutes.
- Electronically by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Public Comment” in the subject line.
Please note: All Public Comments become part of the meeting minutes which are posted on the SEAC webpage.
Members are parents of children with disabilities, persons with disabilities, community members, and one ACPS teacher. All members are appointed by the School Board. The State of Virginia stipulates that the majority of members must be parents of children with disabilities or persons with disabilities.
Members serve two-year terms and are asked to attend at least 75% of meetings. Apply to be a SEAC member.
Special Education Advisory Committee Members for 2020-2021
- Cindy Hart (Chair)
- Michael Behrmann (Vice-Chair)
- Coral Childs (Co-Secretary)
- Abena Durity(Co-Secretary)
- Janet Eissenstat
- Laura Fontaine
- Lauren Golubski
- Deborah Perry
- Sabrina Reilly
- Alexis Stackhouse
- Sandra Strachan-Vieira
- J-Lynn Van Pelt
- Jeff Zack
ACPS Staff Liaison
- Theresa A. Werner, Executive Director of Specialized Instruction
School Board Liaison
- Meagan Alderton, Alexandria City School Board Chair