Clarkston PAC

(Special Education Parent Advisory Committee)

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November Greetings to All!

This edition offers extensive resources and information - it is our intention to offer as much as possible in light of the return to distance learning for all students. The newsletter is long with many links for assistive technology resources as well as trainings, online workshops, and the local support agencies. The updated 2020 Early On Resource Guide is included this month and available for you to download. See the "More Helpful Links and Resources" section. Also, here is a link provided by Oakland Schools for family resources:

Clarkston Community Schools District update from Superintendent Ryan 11/7/2020:

Clarkston Community Schools statement about Students with IEPs:

Superintendent Ryan has issued New COVID Health Screening & Reporting Guidelines:

Please see below how to access the comprehensive list of local resources and agencies to support you and your student. The link is listed below and appears again as a "button" towards the end of the newsletter.

RESOURCES SECTION: All of the resources previously listed as "buttons" in past newsletters have moved to the Student Support Services webpage on the CCS website. Click on the link below. Scroll down to the Parent Resources Section at the bottom of the page and they can be found in the "Useful Links" menu.

If you need further support or guidance beyond what is offered in this newsletter and links, please contact us anytime at

Find the BOWL OF CRANBERRIES - then you have read everything!

Assistive Technology Training from CCS

CLICK THE BUTTON ABOVE to access the materials from the Assistive Technology Training for Parents presentation from October 29th.

Assistive Tech Tools - CCS

Great resources for each area of need. These resources may include: Google Extensions, Google Apps, Apple iPad/Android Apps, or websites.

Family Resources for Remote Learning - Oakland Schools

"This collection of resources in intended to support families with maintaining structure, engagement and support during this time of remote learning."


For Understood's most recent expert chat - Kara Ball, NBCT discussed how to improve distance learning for students with disabilities. Kara offers a valuable perspective as a student—and now educator—with learning disabilities.

PBIS Playlist on MI Alliance for Families YouTube

Check out these 3 recorded webinars for more information on establishing routines, expectations, and managing behavior at home.

Social-Emotional Learning Hub

This is a resource from our Clarkston Community Schools secondary level social workers.


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Virtual Workshops from MI Alliance for Families

November 2020

November 9 PBIS Family Panel Discussion with MiMTSS, 6-7:30pm. Register

November 10 Log On and Log In to Virtual Meetings with Special Education Mediation Services, 11am-12pm. Register

November 10 Improve the quality of your contributions to your child’s IEP with this four week IEP Course (11/10, 11/17, 12/1, 12/8), 7-8:30pm. Register

November 12 Rethinking Guardianship: Facilitating Lifelong Self Determination with Dohn Hoyle, 1-3pm. Register

November 17 Counting the Days: Understanding Disciplinary Removals of Students with Disabilities with Special Education Mediation Services, 11am-12pm. Register

November 19 The Manifestation Determination Review: Navigating the Process with Special Education Mediation Services, 11am-12pm. Register

December 2020

December 2 Advocating for Your Child with Epilepsy in School with Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan, 10am-12pm. Register

December 4 Partnering with your ISD/School District Around Assistive Technology with Carolyn O’Hearn from Alt+Shift, 12-1pm. Register

December 8 Log On and Log In to Virtual Meetings with Special Education Mediation Services, 11am-12pm. Register

December 9 Collecting Academic and Behavior Data at Home with Special Education Mediation Services, 11am-12pm. Register

December 15 PAC Roles and Responsibilities with Sandee Koski, 6-7pm. Register

January 2021

January 12 Log On and Log In to Virtual Meetings with Special Education Mediation Services, 6:30-7:30pm. Register

January 13 Skills for Effective Parent Advocacy with Sandee Koski, 10-11:30am. Register

January 14 Behavior Intervention in a Virtual World with Special Education Mediation Services 11am-12pm. Register

January 14 Skills for Effective Parent Advocacy with Sandee Koski, 6:30-8pm. Register

January 20 Epilepsy and Comorbid Mental Health and Emotional Issues with Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan, 7-8pm. Register

January 21 Assistive Technology Experiences From Parents Like You with Carolyn O’Hearn from Alt+Shift, 12-1pm. Register

If you require accommodations or materials in an alternative format, please notify MI Alliance for Families two weeks before the workshop.

MI Alliance Upcoming Events for Parent Learning

CLICK Button above for comprehensive webpage with flyers and registration links to all upcoming events. All workshop webinars are recorded and available for later review on the MAF YouTube channel.


Students with Disabilities - Public Google Drive

This is a public Google drive managed by Oakland Schools ISD. Click the button above to view folders on the following topics: government memos, transition, speech & language, school social work, school psychology, community programs, and MORE!

Oakland Schools ISD Plan (Updated from 2009 Version)

"It is with pleasure to share the updated Oakland Schools ISD Plan for the Delivery of Special Education Programs and Services (OS ISD Plan). Modifications to the OS ISD Plan have been approved by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE)."

Disability Rights Michigan

"Disability Rights MI (DRM) is the federally mandated protection and advocacy system for Michigan."

Take N.O.T.E. from

"Figuring out what’s going on can feel overwhelming. That’s why we’re here to help. Introducing a simple step-by-step tool to help you figure out if the struggles you’re seeing might be signs of a learning and thinking difference."


CLICK BUTTON ABOVE to access the list. Scroll to the bottom of the Student Support Services webpage, click on "Useful Links" under Parent Resources.


Guidance to Address Foregone Learning for IEP Students

Recovery services are supplemental to the offer of FAPE and are in response to foregone learning that may have occurred as a result of closure during the pandemic and the potential additional impact of the loss for a student with an IEP. 7-7-2020

Comparison of Comp Educ & Recovery Services in COVID-19

When determining whether recovery services are required, the IEP team must consider the actual impact of the extended school closure on the student’s ability to retain skills and make progress toward their IEP goals and in the general curriculum.6/20

MI Safe Schools: MI 2020-2021 Return to School Roadmap

Return to School Roadmap provides guidance to districts creating local plans for in-person and remote learning in the fall. The Roadmap safety protocols are divided into required, highly recommended, and recommended for each of the areas. 6-30-2020


COVID-19 Testing in Oakland County

Who Qualifies: All adults age 18 and over Children 4- to 17-years-old. Child must have symptoms of coronavirus and be a resident of or attend school in Oakland County. Appointment required. Call 1-800-848-5533

Thrive with Your Family Web Series - Michigan Medicine

"Our nationally recognized panel held candid conversations about parenting, child behavior, mental health and relationships during the ever-changing environment of the global pandemic." CLICK BUTTON ABOVE Coronavirus Latest Updates & Tips

" We’ll be providing updates on issues that impact learning, special education, talking with kids, and working from home. So keep checking back." MANY LINKS AND INFORMATION FEATURING MULTIPLE TOPICS ON THIS WEBPAGE.


Oakland Schools Podcast: "Educationally Speaking"

"Educationally Speaking is an Oakland Schools Intermediate School District broadcast which focuses on important topics related to education in Oakland County, MI."


Click the button above to access: "Planning a More Secure Future" and "MI ABLE: Save Without Losing Benefits". Webinars are ideal for those planning a future for a student who may be a disabled adult and/or attending the post-high program.

Michigan Alliance for Families YouTube Channel

"We have an archive of recorded webinars available for when you need access to learn, understand, and manage topics related to special education. Our webinars (like all of our learning opportunities) are free for parents, caregivers, and educators." YouTube Channel

"Shaping the world for difference.™ We’re dedicated to shaping a world where millions of people who learn and think differently can thrive at home, at school, and at work." "In It" podcast

"In It: A Podcast on Raising Kids Who Learn and Think Differently"

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Clarkston PAC

Click to view our Facebook page and/or e-mail us! We want you to be a member of our community of parents! Share our posts with your FB friends and other FB groups - help us help other families with useful resources and upcoming events.

Oakland Special Education Parent Resource Network Group in Facebook

Click below for additional resources from your Oakland Schools PAC Executive Board

Action Calendar: New Ways November 2020

"Covid is restricting our lives, but we can find new ways to keep making progress. Trying out new things can actually boost our well-being. When we open up to new ideas, it helps us stay curious and engaged. It can also bring a sense of accomplishment and help to boost our self-confidence and resilience. There are so many ways to learn new things and this month we're encouraging everyone to find new and creative ways to overcome our frustrating situations."

For more keys to happier living, head over to the website. NEW - Look below the calendar to download their PDF guide "Ten Keys to Happier Living".

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Intelligent Lives Documentary

Michigan's own Micah Fialka-Feldman is one of the young adults featured in the documentary "Intelligent Lives". Now available for free streaming with English or Spanish captions on WORLD Channel

Clarkston PAC Representative

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