Special Education Local Advisory Committee

North Providence

Special Education

Local Advisory






Each NPSELAC meeting will include a speaker and/or presentation on a topic related to special education. We are always striving to meet the needs of parents, students, and faculty so please feel free to contact us with any concerns or suggestions.


Meeting Dates

♦ Wednesday, November 8, 2017


♦ Wednesday, January 10, 2018


♦ Wednesday, March 7, 2018


♦ Wednesday, May 2, 2018


Meetings start at 6:30 pm and are held in the Birchwood Middle School’s Library.


Our Mission


The mission of the N. Providence Special Education Local Advisory Committee is to:

◊ Improve communication among parents, staff, administrators, schools and School Committee on special education needs through the promotion of a team concept.

◊ Advocate for partnerships with parents of students with disabilities to ensure that they receive the entitlements provided to them under state and federal laws.

◊ Inform the community of North Providence through the North Providence School Committee about current special education services, meeting needs, future plans, state and federal funding applications, and the evaluation and monitoring of outcomes of special education programs.

◊ Encourage a greater understanding,  acceptance, compassion, and inclusion of children with special education.

NPSELAC Leadership Team

The majority of the Local Advisory Committee are parents of children with disabilities.


Chair Donna Alqassar

Co-Chair Linda Thornley

Correspondence Secretary         Kathie Vitolo

Recording Secretary                  Gina Folco

Treasurer                                    Michael Casey


Contact info:




North Providence School Department

Special Education Director

Christopher B. Jones


2240 Mineral Spring Avenue

North Providence, RI 02911



The NPSELAC is currently seeking nominations for educators, teacher assistants, and therapists who have provided outstanding services for Special Education students, especially in the area of inclusion.   

Inclusion is students with special education needs spending most or all of their time with non-disabled students.  The goal of this recognition program is to increase awareness and recognize those people who are providing best practices in inclusive education.   

Basis for a Nomination

A person who has provided outstanding services to advance the success of students with special needs.  Some criteria suggestions:

~Peer Helping Strategies                                 ~ Social Skills Development

~Management Of Behavior                             ~Differentiated Instruction                 ~Classroom Organization                                 ~Promoting Parent Involvement  


                                                        How to submit a nomination

In 250 words or less, please state your reasons that support your nomination.

Please include the following:

Please include the following:

Name of Person                                            School                        

Your Name                                                      Your Phone Number


Please email your nomination for consideration to npselac@npsd.k12.ri.us