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The goal of this campaign is to focus on one district and see if we can make help them improve their practices. In particular, we want to help a school system reduce teh use of restraint and isolation and increase the use of positive behavioral supports. After we learn from this first city, we should be able to apply a similar methodology to other school systems.

The campaign will be a success when:

  • The regulations in the target district are improved
  • There is a group of parents and others in the district who are empowered to continue tracking results and working on this issue.
  • We have documented the process of the campaign and can replicate it in other school systems.


Contact Greg gregsmithpm at gmail dot com for help with tasks or more information.

Steps in Campaign

  • Evaluate the actions taken by people in the past and generate a list of actions
    • See Northampton and Gloucester notes (in PAPPI meeting notes), Lynn DLC report, find others
  • Gather data on existing practics and incidence
    • OCR Data
    • Link to policies
    • News reports and PAC list info
    • FOIA to state and maybe district
    • Ask school committee and/or administration for information
    • Follow up on CPR
  • Organize local parents to work on this
    • contact PAC lists
    • reach out to individuals
    • create group and ask PAC, district and school committee get the word out
    • Looks at news reports and/or write letter to editor or find others who have written
    • Look at statewide e-mail lists (e.g. MassPAC or COPAA) and comments on relevant stories to contact people
  • Pick points of contact to make changes (should be someone who can get through to the administration)
    • Motivated schools committee members
    • PAC
    • Adminstration members
    • Parents, independent professionals or staff
  • Gather resources to help school system
    • Find professionals and training opportunities
    • Train parents
    • Ask school system to share their best practices and training
  • Create tracking and follow up mechanisms
    • Track legal costs
    • Follow reports
    • document isolation rooms in schools and their use

Older ideas needing update

Less than 30 Minute Tasks

  • Collect data on the target disctrict e.g. from Federal site: and post it.
  • Write overview of the data (e.g. what are the key points, how does it compare to statewide data)
  • Find and post links to Lewiston school system policies and special education programs.
  • Find e-mails and if possible names of parents who are involved in Special Education. Save them but don't post them online.
  • Collect contact names and e-mails addresses of people we want to influence (mostly school board members). Save them but don't post them online.
  • Research news and artciles on education.
  • Search for contacts in the provider community and at the state level who are motivated to help in Lewiston

30 - 60 minute Tasks

  • Think about the 30 minute tasks, add detail, add new ones and break them down in to smaller sub-tasks.
  • Update and edit the campaign objectives and purpose. Explain why this town and why we, as outsiders, should be involved there.
  • Write the first draft table of contents for a packet of information we can share with parents and others in Lewiston. It should express concern for the issue, identify gaps in policies and offer resources and ways to make things better

Other open areas of work

  • When the message and people to deliver it are final, reach out to the school board and administration
  • Leave behind a group of empowered parents and others who can continue to work in the community. Get regular updates on how it's going and support them.
  • Once we run a campaign like this in one city or town, we document how to do and move on to the next one.
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