CONTACT:  Martha Duran-Contreras                FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

310.450.8338, ext. 282                                      24 APRIL 2009


Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District HOLDs SPRING FORUM


The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District will hold its second forum to address the various issues in the area of Special Education.


The Special Education Spring Forum will be held at the John Adams Middle School Cafeteria on Saturday, May 2, 2009, from 8:30 AM to noon.  The Spring Forum is one of the many ways to reach out to parents/guardians and to provide information to parents regarding special education services for their children.  The theme of this Forum is “Transition” and will focus on students moving from level to level within the school system and transition to post secondary education options.  This theme is the recommendation from the Fall Forum gathering.


The keynote speakers for the Spring Forum will be Brad Silverman and Petite Konstantin from L.A. GOAL.  Parents will have the opportunity to hear from a panel of parents, staff, and students regarding their experiences of transition and advice that they can impart to other parents.


SMMUSD Superintendent Tim Cuneo has been spearheading the efforts under a district-wide umbrella called the “SMMUSD Special Education Collaborative – Working Collaboratively for 21st Century Special Education Students.” The District has been working to implement these initiatives in partnership with the District’s Special Education District Advisory Committee (SEDAC) and the Santa Monica-Malibu PTA Council Special Education Committee.  The initiatives are in response to parent and community concerns and recommendations contained in the March 2008 Independent Evaluation of the SMMUSD Special Education Program by Lou Barber & Associates.


Once again, the Spring Forum is a joint effort of District staff, the Santa Monica-Malibu PTA Council Special Education Committee, and the Special Education District Advisory Commttee.


For more information, or if parents/guardian wish to join one of the groups, please contact:





1651 16TH Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404

ph: 310.450.8338; fax: 310.581.1138