Parent Involvement

Special Education Parent Advisory Council


The purpose of the Special Education Parent Advisory Council is to:

  • Support and encourage involvement of families of learners with disabilities in their school and educational programs.
  • Development of cooperative relationships between regular and special education.
  • Provide professional development opportunities and support for parents, families, and students with disabilities.
  • Serve as a forum for the expression of concerns and recommendations pertaining to the education of students with disabilities in the Appleton Area School District.

The Advisory Council will do this by:

  • Promoting collaboration and increased means of communication as a means to improve the education process for all learners.
  • Influencing change, policy and procedures by informing and educating parents, school staff, administrators, students, and community members through: workshops, websites and printed materials.

Parents in Partnership (PiP)

Parents In Partnership is a Leadership Development Opportunity for Parents of Children with Disabilities. PIP is a statewide program in which a group of parents and other caregivers meet together five times during the year to: share their family stories, challenges, joys and triumphs of raising their children.

At PIP, participants will learn about community and statewide resources for children with disabilities; explore issues around health, education, policy making, legislation, inclusion, self-determination, family well-being, and IDEA Special Education Law. 

More information on PiP


Melissa Toshner
Student Services Office
(920) 832-6129