Special Education Advisory Council

The Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC) represents the parents of students of North Star Academy and Raleigh Academy who have physical, developmental, cognitive, emotional, social, and/or sensory disabilities that impact their educational experiences. The purpose of the SEAC is to work together with school faculty and staff to enhance the student’s school experiences. Together we work to strengthen and support the Special Education Department. Also, we work to provide disability awareness and learning opportunities for parents, students, and staff. We hope to help bridge the gap between the Special Education Department and the General Education Department to help the schools provide the best and most inclusive education deemed appropriate for each individual student.

Since forming in 2012, the SEAC has hosted a Sensory Friendly Open House, worked with administration to reserve paraprofessional recognition parking slots, as well as host several paraprofessional recognition activities. We provide a strong support network for parents working through the unique struggles of raising a child with special needs.

The SEAC meets at least annually. Please check the district calendar.

For further information or any questions, please feel free to contact Neva Nolan at or call at 218-428-7325.

Past Speakers:

February 28th – “Social Thinking” Overview: A basic description of what social thinking means and resources used to support social thinking will be shared. – Presented by: Annette Walsh, School Social Worker

March 28th – Overview of The Story Grammar Marker® (SGM), which is a hands-on manipulative tool that teachers and parents can use to model the discourse skills required for students to think, learn and communicate verbally and in writing. – Presented by: Tahirih Bushey, Speech Language Pathologist

April 25th – Overview of Assistive Technology for written language – Presented by: Cheryl Tweten, Special Education Teacher

May 30th – Presented by: Rachel Komarek, Special Education Coordinator