New Special Education Parent and Community Coordinator
Greetings Parents, Educators and Community Members! My name is Noelle Sisk and I am the new Special Education Family and Community Coordinator for PPS.
My desire is to work educators and parents of children with disabilities in ways that demonstrates respect for their differing roles while simultaneously bringing them together toward the same goal, the social-emotional well being and academic success of children with disabilities.
I bring many years of collaborative expertise in systems change, advocacy, and passion for this work.
I am a former director for FACT Oregon, Oregon’s Parent Training and Information Center. I have worked statewide to support children who experience disability in having equal access to their education and communities. Serving both educators and families is a complex and nuanced role and I am very dedicated to creating partnerships where historically misunderstandings and frustration have been the norm. I believe that to create a truly collaborative environment that builds trust and moves the work in a positive direction will only increase the successful outcomes for ALL students in Portland Public Schools.
I am a parent first and foremost. I have 3 children in PPS of which my oldest daughter experiences disability. This has built my skill and deep commitment to being student and family centered. This deep understanding of the value of each and every child is what sustains my commitment in this equity work.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a federal civil rights statute that prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities.
Autism Services Parent Resources
The PPS autism team has a list of useful websites and camps for students with autism.
School Family Partnerships
A committee that meets monthly at the district office to advice PPS on how to build family engagement
SUN Community School
SUN Community Schools are a collaboration between Multnomah County Department of School, Portland Parks & Recreation, and Portland Public School District. The program aims to support education, social services, multicultural and cultural arts, recreation and leisure services, health services, and community involvement.