Clarkston PAC

(Special Education Parent Advisory Committee)


Chilly winter greetings to all! Arctic air certainly has accompanied the return to in-person learning. We have many events and resources to keep you cozy and warm inside.

This newsletter is divided into 6 main sections:

1.Virtual Learning and Tech Support Resources

2.Online Workshops - MANY choices this month. Format includes registration links in the description box - otherwise - it is a photo describing the event, then a PDF below the photo for registration links.

3.Independence Township Therapeutic Recreation

4.General Helpful Links and Resources

5.COVID Resources

6.Webinars and Podcasts

Each section has new additions as well as the standard "go-to" buttons that are helpful to have at your fingertips every month.

Quick link to Resources Page on CCS Website:

Quick link to the public Google Drive from Oakland Schools, Students with Disabilities:

Michigan Dept of Education Notice of Public Hearing & Request for Public Comment:,4615,7-140-6598-550253--,00.html

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

Find the CUPCAKES - then you have read everything!


Tech Toolbox Ideas from Oakland Schools

Please see the 2 PDFs below provided by Oakland Schools to offer ideas that support your student. These supports are helpful for distance or in-person learning.

More tech tools and resources from Oakland Schools can be found in the all-access public Google Drive for Students with Disabilities:

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.

Social-Emotional Learning Hub

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



Students and families looking for help paying for college are encouraged to register for an upcoming Virtual College Financial Aid Night hosted by Michigan Department of Treasury's MI Student Aid team. Sessions will be available from 6:30-8 p.m. EST every Tuesday and Thursday in February. All sessions are free and open to the public. Participants will be able to gather information on the following financial aid topics:

* FAFSA application information
* Federal financial aid programs
* State financial aid programs
* Scholarship searching
* MiSSG Student Portal Accounts

Due to limited space, participants are encouraged to sign up for one session only. Registration can be completed by visiting the MI Student Aid website at<>.


February 11 (6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.)

February 16 (6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.)

February 18 (6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.)

February 23 (6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.)

February 25 (6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.)

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Virtual Workshops from MI Alliance for Families

February 2021

February 12 Behavior is Communication with Sally Burton-Hoyle, 1-2pm. Register

February 23 Counting the Days: Understanding Disciplinary Removals of Students with Disabilities with Special Education Mediation Services, 6:30-7:30pm. Register

February 25 The Manifestation Determination Review: Navigating the Process with Special Education Mediation Services, 6:30-7:30pm. Register

March 2021

March 9 Rethinking Guardianship: Facilitating Lifelong Self Determination with Dohn Hoyle, 1-3pm. Register

March 9 Log On and Log In to Virtual Meetings with Special Education Mediation Services, 6:30-7:30pm. Register

March 18 Behavior Intervention in a Virtual World with Special Education Mediation Services, 6:30-7:30pm. Register

March 23 Skills for Effective Parent Advocacy with Sandee Koski, 6:30-8pm. Register

April 2021

April 13 Log On and Log In to Virtual Meetings with Special Education Mediation Services, 11am-12pm. Register

May 2021

May 5 Skills for Effective Parent Advocacy with Sandee Koski, 10-11:30am. Register

May 11 Log On and Log In to Virtual Meetings with Special Education Mediation Services, 6:30-7:30pm. Register

Sign up for our e-newsletter to receive event updates. Remember, we do have a large selection of free recorded presentations available for viewing at home

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.

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“Answering Why: Unleashing Passion, Purpose, and Performance in Younger Generations”

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Project Connect Helpline: 888-847-3209

"Project Connect is a telehealth line that is free and available anytime for people with disabilities, their families, caregivers and other members of their support teams across the nation."

Special Education Mediation Services

CLICK this button to visit the webpage AND download document below for more information.

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!

MI Dept of Educ - Office of Special Education

Information Line: 1-888-320-8384 or e-mail:

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

Oakland County COVID-Related Resources

Topics include: COVID-19 General, Health, Mental Health, Food Assistance, Household & Utilities, Legal Resources, Safety, LGBTQ+, and many more!

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

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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"



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: Friendly February 2021

"We need our friendships more than ever this year! Let's focus on doing our best to be a good friend to all. An act of kindness and connection ripples out and impacts on so many more people than we realise, and it also boosts our own happy hormones! In times of stress people can react more quickly than they would normally, so let's show compassion and kindness and try to keep calm."

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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