Special Education Parent Group

District 64 has created a parent support group focused on the needs of families receiving special education assistance. "It is our sincere hope that these meetings will build collaborative relationships between parents and District staff, promote awareness, and provide opportunities for education, support and acceptance of students with disabilities in our D64 learning community," according to Superintendent Laurie Heinz.  Read more about the announcement here.

Information on each meeting will be provided via this webpage. 

Information on Special Education Audit Review - March 12, 2018 Memo of Information

Visit Companion Page on Special Education Audit/Review 

First Meeting - February 7, 2018

Approximately 70 parents/guardians along with District 64 teachers and staff came together for the first meeting of the newly formed support group.

VIEW THE MEETING WEBPAGE for highlights of the discussion, a complete video of the meeting, and the full slide presentation. 

Second Meeting - March 7, 2018

Approximately 40 parents/guardians along with District 64 teachers and staff attended the second meeting, which was focused on funding for special education students, programs and services in District 64. 

VIEW THE MEETING WEBPAGE for a video of the meeting, the slide presentation, and highlights.

Third Meeting - April 11, 2018

The third meeting was structured differently than the previous meetings of our group. It was also held at Lincoln Middle School (Learning Resource Center), 200 S. Lincoln, Park Ridge. 

The evening of April 11 included:

  • 6:00 p.m. - Special Board of Education meeting (view meeting video here- Board approval of appointment of the new Director of Student Services, and introduction of LMT Consulting team members and brief overview of audit review process
  • 6:45 - 8:30 p.m. - Special Education audit review focus groups - Structured, small group interviews led by representatives of LMT Consulting. 

Overall, 240 parents/guardians will be able to participate in a focus group interview either on April 11 or during the team’s visit to individual schools (see below).

April 11 Evening Interview Groups
The interview groups on April 11 will be conducted simultaneously by school. Ten parents per school will be accommodated in each group allowing our consultants to speak to 80 parents on Wednesday evening. The times and schools are as follows:

  • 6:45 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Carpenter, Field, Franklin, Emerson 
  • 7:45 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Jefferson, Roosevelt, Washington, Lincoln 

If you have a child who is currently placed out of District, please participate in the group for your child’s home school. 

April 12 and April 16 Interview Groups
In addition to the evening of April 11, LMT Consulting will be in District 64 on Thursday, April 12 and Monday, April 16. If you have a child who is currently placed out of District, please participate in the group for your child’s home school. Parents were invited to register for an interview by school for April 11, April 12 or April 16. (Registration links were removed after those dates had passed.)

Online Survey Opportunity
Further, all special education parents were invited to participate in an online survey to contribute your thoughts on areas of strength and opportunities for improvement in District 64’s special education program. The survey questions were developed by the Parent-Educator Partnership group of the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to help districts gather feedback from parents. Your responses are anonymous and will be included in the special education audit review findings. The survey will remain open through Friday, April 20. Please enter the SPED parent survey here.


Final Meeting 2017-18 - May 2, 2018

The final meeting for 2017-18 was held on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Lincoln Middle School (Learning Resource Center).

Alice Belgrade conducted a workshop called: “Teach, Don’t Punish” - Behavior Change in Children with Learning Differences. This workshop provided specific tools to promote cooperative behavior. Positive interventions were outlined that reduce oppositional behavior while building your child’s self-esteem. At the end of this presentation, workshop attendees were able to: identify the causes and motivation of misbehavior; describe the behavioral effects of learning and developmental differences; take away specific strategies to address refusals to follow directions, avoidance of schoolwork, meltdowns and “bad habits;” and understand how teaching can replace punishment in helping children be successful at home and school.

Ms. Belgrade's handouts are available here: 

Ms. Belgrade is a licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 25 years in the fields of behavior and education. She has served as the behavior analyst for Lake Zurich School District 95, as well as consultant to schools and community agencies throughout the Midwest. She is owner and director of Belgrade Behavior Consulting, LLC a private practice providing home-based behavior coaching and creative, evidence-based interventions for children with special needs and other behavioral challenges. Ms. Belgrade presents nationally on topics related to children with a variety of challenges, including Autism, Down Syndrome, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder and other rare neurological disorders. She has authored: “Fitting in Everywhere;” “B. A. S. I. S.: Behavior Assessment Screening and Intervention System;” “Toilet Training Every Child;” and “Emma and Me” (a story for siblings of children with Autism).

Superintendent Laurie Heinz (at right) greets speaker Alice Belgrade (second from right) along with (from left) Interim Director of Student Services Mike Padavic and incoming Director Lea Anne Frost at the May 2, 2018 meeting and presentation.