Positive Behavior Supports: Addressing Challenging Behavior

Thursday, October 17, 2019

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Positive Behavior Supports: Addressing Challenging Behavior: There is often a cycle of failure for students with behavioral challenges. This workshop focuses on interventions for students who exhibit challenging behaviors (e.g. aggression, self-injury, tantrums). Identifying the function of behavior is discussed, with an emphasis on educational strategies that help students learn alternate behaviors that can lead to long-term change. Information on due process rights of children in the discipline process is also provided.


     The purpose of SEPAG meetings is to help families to understand their rights and responsibilities under IDEA, help families understand how the school and district operates, and helps families develop the capacity to be effective advocates for their special needs children.

Our goal is to move beyond compliance by having a SEPAC and hold meetings, to true collaboration around the needs of students with disabilities.

The mission of KSEPAG is to work for the understanding of, respect for and support of all children with special needs in the community. To this end and pursuant to (N.J.A.C. 6A:14-1.2(h), KSEPAG will work to:

  • Address systemic issues, not personal issues;
  • Invite, collect, and coordinate individual stories and perspectives from parents;
  • Give parents and guardians the opportunity to provide direct input to their school district about policies, programs, practices, that have an impact on students with disabilities and their families.
  • Looks at this input to see any patterns or trends that can be addressed;
  • Promote a network of parents of children with special needs and provide a forum to share information;
  • Promote open communication between the parents of special education students in Keyport and others, including those in other communities;
  • Promote communication and programs within the community at large to encourage the understanding, acceptance and inclusion of special education students;
  • Provide informational forums for parents, educators, students and community members;
  • Advise, promote, and encourage efforts by the Keyport Parent Advisory Committee and the Director of Special Services to bring excellence to the educational experience of all students in the Keyport School District.

A Special Education Parent Advisory Group, or SEPAG (sea-pag) is a state-mandated, district-level, parent-driven group charged with providing input to the local school district on system-level challenges in special education and related services. The regulation allows parents and school district leaders to create and run an advisory group that meets local needs. SEPAG requirements open the door to collaboration that can make a difference. Parents are the core members of a SEPAG. This includes parents of children with disabilities who have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) who are educated in schools within or outside of the student’s home district. Parents do not need special training or background knowledge to be a member of a SEPAG. Other members may include: *school leaders, including the District Supervisor of Special Services and/or members of the Board of Education; teachers, Child Study Team members, and other school professionals; *students and former students; *other parents committed to improving education in their district; and community leaders and other citizens. SEPAGS should ensure that all families are represented, even if their children are in different schools: “out-of-district does not mean “out of the community.” Many SEPAGs ensure that each school in the district be represented. In addition, it is vital that membership reflect the diversity of the local school community.

Age Groups
  • Children
  • Adolescents
Community Services
Health Services
Behavioral / Mental Health
Payment Options
  • Free

Last Updated: 09/16/19