Monthly Presentations

Join us to discuss special education issues, programs, and concerns.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Room 210, Education Center, 100 Walnut Street
Newton, MA

Presentation on Assistive Technology

Kayla McAlister, Assistive Technology Specialist for NPS

Kayla McAlister, Assistive Technology Specialist for the Newton Public Schools will speak on the technology available in the district. She will cover the definition of an AT consultation vs. an AT assessment in grades K-12.
Kayla determines which device and/or strategy is the best fit for the student by following the SETT Framework. Looking at the Student, their Environment, and the Tasks they need in their educational setting in choosing the appropriate Tool.
Kayla has a BA in Psychology from Stonehill College and a M.S. Ed in Assistive Technology from Simmons College.

7:15 pm Networking and Light Refreshments
7:30 pm Business: Vote on accepting new by-laws (please review prior to meeting)
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm Presentation

IMPORTANT: Please send an email to if you plan to attend in order to make sure we have enough handouts.

Contact Eileen at with any questions. Please check this website for weather updates and cancellations.

2016-2017 Monthly Presentations

Monday, October 24 Speaker cancellation; replaced by roundtable
Thursday, November 17
“Basic Rights in Special Education”, Tim Sindelar, J.D.
Thursday, December 8 “Basic Rights in Special Education” in Boston
KROC Center, 650 Dudley Street
Wednesday, December 14 Transition to Middle School from Elementary School
Wednesday, January 11
Transition to High School from Middle School – Staff from both high schools and a parent panel
Thursday, February 16 PAC Leadership Training Presentation  – Leslie Leslie, Federation for Children with Special Needs
Best Practices for SEPACs
Monday, March 20 Everything you always wanted to know about Student Services and Special Education but were afraid to ask – Board Officers and other parents
Wednesday, April 5 Presentation on Assistive Technology – Kayla McAlister, Assistive Technology Specialist for NPS
Thursday, May 18 Presentation on post-secondary transition – Jill Curry, Transition Specialist for the Newton Public Schools
Wednesday, June 14 8th Annual Special Educator Awards Celebration
6:30pm, Newton North High School
(Date to be confirmed)

Newton Parent Advisory Council (NewtonPAC) for Special Education meetings are free and open to all people interested in learning more about special education.

Unless otherwise noted, all meetings begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Education Center, 100 Walnut Street, Newtonville, in Room 210. Light refreshments and networking start at 7:15.