SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council)

Wayland Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC)

The Wayland Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) is the parent advisory council for children with special needs.  The Council advocates for children with special needs and performs in an advisory and collaborative role to the Wayland School Committee relative to special education issues.  SEPAC sponsors general open meetings to educate and inform parents about topics that affect them and their children.  If you would like more information about SEPAC or to join and have your name on our mailing list please contact:


  To promote a network for parents of children with disabilities and provide a forum to share information and discuss matters of relative interest and concern regarding our children.
To advise under Chapter 71B of the Massachusetts General Laws: 603 CMR, Section 28.00; the Superintendent and School Committee on matters that pertain to the education and safety of students with disabilities as well as the operations and development of special education.
To promote communication between SEPAC members, local, state and national organizations, councils, and groups. 

Membership is open to all parents of children with special needs and other interested parties.

Co-Chairs:  Anne-Louise Klaus & Katy Andrus

  • Co-Secretaries:  Margo Grossman & Stephanie Holender
    Treasurer:  Gayle Gledhill
    Events/Program Chair:  Janeka Melanson
    Community Resources Chair:  Julie Kannel
    School/Program Liaison Chair:  Colleen Morneweck
    Technology Chair:  Lisa Bagley

    School Liaisons: 
    WHS:  Katy Cavallo & Orla Daunt
    WMS:  Kerry-Ann Kendall
    Claypit Hill:  Catherine Kiernan & Erin Newton
    Happy Hollow:  Becky Chisholm
    Loker:  Allyson Peller
    The Children's Way:  Katie Riffle
    Out of District:  Brooke Amato
    METCO:  We are currently seeking a METCO program Liaison. Please contact us at [email protected], if you’re interested!

  • Official SEPAC Meetings

  • WHO:  YOU!  All are welcome to attend SEPAC Meetings!  Bring a friend!
  • WHERE:  School Committee Room, 2nd Floor of the Wayland Town Building, 41 Cochituate Road (unless otherwise noted)
    WHEN:  Thursday evenings
    • October 12: 7:30-9:30PM, @ WHS Lecture Hall
    • November 2: 7:00-9:00PM
    • November 30: 7:30 - 9:30PM
    • January 4: 7:30 - 9:30PM
    • February 1: 7:30 - 9:30PM
    • March 7: 7:30 - 9:30PM
    • April 4: 7:30 - 9:30PM
    • May 2: 7:30 - 9:30PM
    • June 6: 7:30 - 9:30PM

  • Community Resources

  •  Julie Kannel, Community Resources Chair

I'd like to welcome everyone to the start of a new school year! We are looking to expand our resource list with helpful references, directly from Wayland parents, who have used the providers and have had beneficial results for their children. The current resource list is available on our website at . We are planning to send out an email twice a year to help remind parents to share a wonderful resource they may have recently used. Please take a look at our "Wayland SEPAC Parents" Facebook page, and you can let us know your resource there, or you can email the SEPAC at [email protected] with the information. 

School/Program Liaison

Colleen Morneweck, Liaison Chair

Wayland SEPAC is excited to start the new school year with volunteers serving as SEPAC parent liaisons for each of the schools in the district. Over the summer, these SEPAC parent liaisons connected with school principals or directors in order to begin the collaborative work of sharing SEPAC updates with the schools and communicating the questions and/or concerns of SEPAC parents. As the school year begins, the building-based SEPAC parent liaisons will continue to update the school communities with information about SEPAC resources, workshops, speakers, events and meetings. We are still in need of a Liaison(s) for the METCO program and for Out of District parents/guardians. Please contact me by emailing [email protected] if you’re interested in helping out in one of these roles.

SEPAC Gift Fund

Gayle Gledhill, Treasurer

Wayland SEPAC is now ready to start taking donations. Donations are tax deductible. Any donations will go toward programs and events to help our parents and guardians of children on IEPs and 504s to be better equipped to help their children. Beyond this, funds may also be used in the future to support special education efforts in the district. Checks may be made out to SEPAC Gift Account - WPS and sent to: SEPAC / Attn.: Colleen Morneweck, Co-Chair / 17 Knollwood Lane / Wayland, MA 01778. No child comes with a handbook, and some need more than others. Your support makes the work of the Wayland SEPAC possible. 


Lisa Bagley, Technology Chair

As of last spring, Wayland SEPAC can be found online at Our website serves as a home for all SEPAC information including Resources, events and past emails and posts. We also have a new District News page to help you keep up as things develop. You can sign up for our e-mail list on the website as well as find links to our Facebook group, Instagram and Twitter accounts. Please check it out and follow us for continually updated information. 

  • Wayland SEPAC News

    We are happy to announce that Wayland’s SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council)  is again active. Board positions were filled and bylaws approved unanimously. The Wayland SEPAC works to promote an innovative educational environment in which students with special education needs have equal access to educational opportunities in all of our schools and educational settings. All of our children are encouraged to reach their potential and we hope that you will join us in this effort. Our monthly meetings are open both to parents and guardians whose children are receiving services by way of an IEP or 504, as well as to anyone interested in special education in Wayland. Please keep an eye out for social events and other programming, too! SEPAC’s Board hopes you will join us to share information and support Wayland families with special education needs in our district. Interested in how to become involved? Please join us at our next meeting on Thursday evening at the Wayland Town Building or join us on Wayland SEPAC Parents Facebook page.  Questions can be forwarded to co-chairs Anne-Louise Klaus and Colleen Morneweck at [email protected].   

    To contact the Wayland SEPAC please email 
    [email protected]

  • Resources:  

  • Autism Insurance Network Information
  • SPED Child & Teen:
  • Spec. Education Eligibility Flow-Chart: Spec. Education Eligibility Flow-Chart.pdf

To encourage children to embrace differences, kids must first encounter differences.”

Check out the new Facebook community, Together We Play, an inclusive friendship & play group. This group is for families (or caregivers) raising children with special needs AND families with typically developing children, primarily in the Boston suburbs. Have some fun, and help us make the world a more accepting place! There are benefits for everyone!

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