Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC)

Council of parents, educators and administrators who meet to advise the District on decisions affecting students in special education. The State of Minnesota Department of Education mandates that all districts maintain parent advisory councils in order to increase involvement of parents of children with disabilities. Members of the council are parents and school teaching staff representing a variety of disabilities and school sites. In Eden Prairie, half of the designated council members are parents of children with disabilities.

The Eden Prairie SEAC meets quarterly and provides a forum for the council to discuss special education issues. Examples of discussion topics include school-to-school transition, web site resources, state and federal legislation related to special needs students, and school-home communication. Parent education is also a goal.

SEAC Information

What is a SEAC?

A SEAC is a group that provides input on special education issues to its local school district.

  • Its purpose is to advise and to advocate, not to decide policy.
  • Minnesota law requires each school district or cooperative to have a SEAC.
  • Minnesota law does not say how the groups should be organized or what duties they should perform.

Why is SEAC important?

  • Local SEAC advise school districts on the development of programs and services to meet the special educational needs of children and families.
  • Parents can help districts be more effective by sharing families' unique perspectives.
  • As a result, outcomes for children can improve.

Why might I want to participate in SEAC?

  • I may be able to help other families and children with disabilities in my school district.
  • I can share what I’ve learned since my child began his/her education.
  • I can support the school professionals in my district.
  • I will be a good role model for my child.
  • I feel good when I make a contribution to this community.
  • I will learn information and skills that may help me work more effectively with my school district.
  • I will meet others with similar goals, both parents and school professionals.
  • I may build professional relationships with others in my district.
  • I will become more knowledgeable about special education.
  • By sharing my unique perspective and insights as a parent, I may help the school district work more effectively with families and improve outcome for children.

Informational Brochure


First page of the PDF file: SEACBrochure


First page of the PDF file: SEACByLaws

School Transition Timeline

First page of the PDF file: SEAC-TransitionTimelinesforParentsandStaff22016

Who to Contact with Questions

First page of the PDF file: SEACWhotoContactChart17-18

Meeting Dates

  • October 1st   2019 at ASC in the Eagles Development Center 6:00 PM.
  • December 5th 2019 at ASC in the Eagles Development Center 6:00 PM.
  • February 4th, 2020 at ASC in the Eagles Development Center 6:00 PM.
  • April 9th, 2020 at ASC in the Eagles Development Center. 


Get Involved

If you are interested in SEAC please complete the attached form and return to Rose Quintero at

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