• Special Education Parents Accessing Resources and Knowledge


    Welcome Parents to SPARK!

    (Special Education Parents Accessing Resources and Knowledge)

    SPARK meetings are designed to give parents information to help them in their current and future steps of the journey of parenting children with unique needs. As parents, we guide and make decisions for our children and their development. The task can be overwhelming and we want nothing more than to be as informed as we can be when we set the course we believe our child should take. The SPARK committee and District 15 are grateful to have you and desire to serve you such that your journey is successful!

    At SPARK we realize the importance of providing:

    • Relevant programs and resources related to special education
    • Opportunities to network, receive support and help
    • Connections for parents with outside sources

    The above are primarily accomplished at the district level through evening programs with outside speakers. We have SPARK representatives at each school who are a local contact and resource to the individual schools. We also have an online support group. If you would like to subscribe to this group, send a request to https://www.facebook.com/groups/1688046171274344/.

    SPARK will be meeting monthly on Mondays from 7-8:30 pm for the 2021-22 school year. Please download our flyer (English / Spanish) (or see below) for the meeting dates and topics. Our meetings will take place virtually.

    Due to COVID-19, all meetings will take place virtually. Please join our Facebook group referenced above the the most up-to-date information on meeting locations, virtual links, and other changes. 

    If you would like to be contacted by or connected with SPARK, contact Orenza Jaske at ojaske@gmail.com.

    SPARK is a Northwest Suburban Council of PTA/PTSA committee serving families of children with special needs in Community Consolidated School District 15 and beyond. SPARK is proud to be in partnership with PTA!

  • Monday, November 29, 7-8:30 pm
    Overview of the World of Transition

    Lyndsay Palach SheltonLyndsay Palach Shelton, Transition Specialist from FUTURE SLTP in Inverness will join us to discuss transition. Starting at age 14.5 in Illinois, a transition plan drives the IEP and addresses the areas of post-secondary education/training, employment, and independent living. While this chapter may seem a bit down the road, there are plenty of beneficial and age-appropriate transition skills families can address prior to high school.

    The link to this meeting is https://meet.google.com/myp-qxkx-ijk or go to google meet and type in myp-qxkx-ijk as the meeting code.

    Please feel free to submit questions prior to the event so that we make sure that they get answered! Email your questions to ojaske@gmail.com.

SPARK 2021-22 (English)

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SPARK 2021-22 (Spanish)

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