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Parent Advocacy Group

All parents, family members and guardians can and should have meaningful participation in their children’s education, especially when the child receives special education supports and services. Effectively communicating and collaborating with the school team is essential to improved outcomes for students with disabilities.


The North Syracuse Central School District is pleased to host this
Family Engagement Series presented by
SUPAC (Syracuse University Parent Assistance Center)


These sessions will assist families to navigate and participate in the Special Education Process for their children!

Session 1
The Special Education Process - Tuesday, October 23, 2018
(Two Sessions)

  • 9:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. at the Jerome F. Melvin Administrative Office Building (5355 West Taft Rd., N. Syracuse, NY) and
  • 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at Cicero Elementary School (5979 Route 31, Cicero, NY) in library

The special education process can be complex and difficult to navigate for many families.
This training will cover everything you need to know from referral to resolving disagreements.
Some of the items we cover are:

  • Timelines
  • Referral process
  • Evaluations
  • Eligibility
  • IEP development and implementation

And much more…

Session 2
Round Table Discussion - Tuesday, January 22, 2019

(Guided by Lisa Garofalo of the North Syracuse Central School District and Kristine O'Brien of SUPAC)

  • 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at Gillette Road Middle School (6150 South Bay Rd., Cicero, NY) in the library

We want to hear from you! This one-hour Round Table session will give the audience a chance to mingle and offer suggestions for the Parent Advocacy Group. We will also make decisions on the topic for the 3rd session in this series.

Session 3
Topic TBD - Tuesday, February 26, 2019
(Two Sessions)

  • 9:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. at the Jerome F. Melvin Administrative Office Building (5355 West Taft Rd., N. Syracuse, NY) and
  • 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at Roxboro Road Middle School (300 Bernard Rd., Mattydale, NY) in library
The topic of this session will be decided during the January 22 Round Table session. 

Registration is strongly encouraged for planning purposes
Click here to register

or register by phone at (315) 443-4336
or toll free 877-824-9555


SUPAC is funded through a contract with the New York State Education Department (NYSED) Office of Special Education and seeks to empower parents to become meaningfully involved in their children’s education through school, family, and community partnerships. SUPAC is a project of the Center on Human Policy and is located on the Syracuse University campus.

The Syracuse University Parent Assistance Center (SUPAC), the Mid-State Region Special Education Parent Center offers trainings geared towards parents and caregivers who have school aged children with special needs. To learn more about trainings offered by SUPAC, go to:

370 Huntington Hall
Syracuse, NY 13244-2280
tel 315-443-4336
fax 315-443-4338
toll free 877-824-9555