The committee was formed in Fall 2002 to:
- Provide information and support to parents and staff so they can help children with special needs succeed
- Help ALL children and adults understand and appreciate challenges faced by children with special needs
- Work legislatively to secure and retain adequate laws and funding for children with special needs.
In 2002, the school district was faced with many parents unhappy with how their children's educational needs were being met, pending litigation, and a long list of compliance issues. The initial committee included seven parents with varying PTA experience, a school board member, and the school district's Assistant Director of Special Education. We knew that parents of children with special needs often feel disconnected from the schools and are craving information and support, and we hoped that this committee could help meet some of this need. We define “special needs” broadly - as applying to any child with learning or processing differences, physical disabilities, speech & language difficulties, social or emotional issues, etc., as well as gifted learners.
Eager to start making a difference, the new committee hosted a series of four educational evening programs. Each of the schools were encouraged to appoint a PTA special needs representative for the following year, and a handful did. The following year the committee hosted an evening program almost every month as well as a full-day Saturday conference. The committee's events consistently drew large audiences by providing information on a variety of topics to parents craving support as well as educators eager to learn.
The number of PTA special needs representatives has continued to grow and as a result we now have an active, collaborative committee. We host 5-6 evening programs a year and collaborate with PTA's Parent Education group to put on a full-day Saturday conference in February.
The school district has moved from being initially hesitant about our efforts to being fully supportive and appreciative. They now encourage teachers and staff to attend our programs, and provide facilities and support whenever asked. The high attendance at all of these programs, the appreciation from parents and staff members who attend them, and the resulting cooperation and collaboration that has positively changed how parents and educators view one another, prove that this program is helping children. We look forward to another productive year of providing information and support through our evening programs and other events, and the networking and support opportunities that result from participating in these events. We hope you'll check out our events posted on the SRV Council of PTA's website: www.srvcouncilpta.org/
Chairperson, Special Needs
San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs
INclusion & DiversITy: Are you IN? IT matters!
The Inclusion & Diversity Committee at Greenbrook is looking for parents and community members to join the committee to:
1) identify and recognize what Greenbrook is already doing to celebrate diversity and nurture inclusion
2) coordinate purposeful and fun school programs/events that celebrate diversity and nurture inclusion!
Read the attached flyer for more information about the IDC's district-wide committee; if you are interested
in becoming involved at Greenbrook or have questions, comments, or ideas to share, please send an email
The goal of this district-wide program is to teach students that everyone learns in different ways AND that all things don't come easily. Through interactive hands-on curriculum aimed at each age group students are allowed to feel the challenges and frustrations that they and others encounter during their school days.
Visit the SRVUSD Ability Awareness Program website to learn more.
View the lesson plans that have been developed specifically for elementary schools