Special Education Listserv
Subject: MPACT Parent Mentors
Source: Barb Gilpin, Assistant Director, Effective Practices
Intended Audience: Special and General Education Teachers, Administrators, Parents
Date: April 22, 2010
MPACT Parent Mentors are available to offer support and guidance to parents of children with disabilities throughout the IEP process.
Parent Mentors are volunteers who receive 24 hours of initial training, ongoing monthly training, and technical assistance from MPACT staff with regard to special education law, the IEP process, conflict resolution, and effective advocacy. Their goal is to help parents build a collaborative partnership with the school district so their child may receive an appropriate education. To view the list of current MPACT Parent Mentors, go to http://ptimpact.org/Volunteer/MentorList.aspx.
If your school district has had a MPACT Parent Mentor in attendance at an IEP meeting, please take a moment to complete a brief online survey located at http://ptimpact.org/Surveys.aspx if you have not already done so. A separate survey should be completed for each mentor who has provided services to parents in your district. These surveys assist MPACT and DESE with identifying and addressing areas of success and improvement with the Parent Mentor Program.
For more information about MPACT or if you have questions regarding the status of a Parent Mentor, please contact MPACT by telephone at (800) 743-7634 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also view the MPACT website at http://www.ptimpact.org.