February 4th, 2013 | Posted by DoverFSA in General Info - (Comments Off)

Please visit us often as we add information and develop a great resource for Dover families and teachers. Feedback is welcome and appreciated. 

The Dover Family School Alliance is a newly-formed, collaborative group intended to support special education students & educators within the Dover School District. The DFSA’s mission is to provide a source for Dover parents to have access to relevant information, training and emotional support in meeting their children’s special needs. We also aim to encourage an atmosphere of effective communication, understanding, and mutual respect among students, parents, educators and the Dover community-at-large.

Please join us on our Facebook Group  or Email Us to be added to our email list.

October 2014 Newsletter – Upcoming Events

October 14th, 2014 | Posted by DoverFSA in DFSA Event | Related Events - (Comments Off)

Our October 2014 Newsletter – http://bit.ly/1v8GeCz

Upcoming events!

Envisioning Your Child’s Future

October 15th at 5:30pm Community Partners (113 Crosby Road Dover)
Please join Community Partners and the Parent Information Center for a fun, hands-on activity, workshop where participants are encouraged to think about and prepare for their child’s  future.  Participants have the opportunity to share ideas, resources and strategize with each other. This event is free but RSVP is required. RSVP to Betsy at bcarroll@communitypartnersnh.org

Executive Skills: What Are They, Why Do Kids Need Them, and How Can We Help Them Get Them?
A Conversation with Dr. Peg Dawson
November 10th – 7pm 28 School Street, Hampstead, NH
Youngsters with poor executive skills are disorganized or forgetful, have trouble getting started on tasks, get distracted easily, lose papers or assignments, forget to bring home the materials to complete homework or forget to hand homework in. They may rush through work or dawdle, they make careless mistakes that they fail to catch. They don’t know where to begin on long-term assignments, and they put the assignment off until the last minute, in part because they have trouble judging the magnitude of the task and how long it will take to complete it. Their workspaces are disorganized, and teachers may refer to their desks, backpacks, and notebooks as “black holes.” Dr. Peg Dawson, the co-author of the book Smart but Scattered, will talk about three strategies parents can use to help children acquire the critical skills they need to be successful students, including how to structure the environment to reduce the impact of weak executive skills, how to teach executive skills, and how to use incentives to get kids to practice these skills. This event is free. Please RSVP to info@hampsteadsepg.org.

Working Together to Increase Postsecondary Transition Success by Engaging Students and Families in the Planning Process
November 18th 8:30am-3pm Grappone Conference Center in Concord
The 8th annual Transistion Summit is he state’s only conference for training, collaboration, networking, and information. This year’s conference will focus on the importance of active student and family participation in all aspects of transition planning. Register by visiting https://www.events.unh.edu/RegistrationForm.pm?event_id=16925. Cost is $85.

DFSA Event!
Teacher Training: Including Students with ASD More Effectively in the Classroom
Presented by Dr. Erin Neely
November 20th 3:30-5pm Location: TBD
Dr. Erin Neely, a Greenland based child psychologist who specializes in treating children on the autism spectrum, will present a teacher-only training on integration of students with ASD more fully in the classroom experience. Dr. Neely will give an overview of evidence-based practices that will support students with ASD function at their best in the classroom. The strategies presented will also be applicable to children facing a wide range of challenges including ADHD, anxiety and sensory issues. Dr. Neely’s presentation will help educators understand some of the complexities of autism, how they may influence behavior and some of the best practices for working with children in the classroom. This event is free and CEUs will be provided for attendance. RSVP to info@doverfamilyschoolalliance.org.

Educators and Community Members, Please Join Us!

September 26th, 2014 | Posted by DoverFSA in DFSA Event - (Comments Off)

World Café Style Discussion on Special Education in Dover

The McConnell Center (Room 305) 61 Locust Street, Dover NH Thursday, October 9, 2014 • 6:00-8:00PM

Dover Family School Alliance and NH Connections invite you to join a World Café style discussion to share your ideas on improving special education supports for children and families, accessing needed resources, and addressing unmet needs in the Dover school district.

The DFSA is now entering its third year and we want to hear from you! What type of events would you like to see? What concerns do you have? How can we better build community between and among parents and school personnel?

Childcare and light refreshments will be offered, but please RSVP to info@doverfamilyschoolalliance.org or 603-834-5585.

Why attend?

  • Connect with other parents and school staff.
  • Share ideas that will inform planning, policies and practices in special education for Dover.
  • Get to know your school staff better.

We hope you can join us!


We are beyond thrilled to announce that Carolyn Abell Hodges has been named by the Parent Information Center as a Champion of Parent Involvement in Education. This statewide honor is in recognition of her work to build and maintain the DFSA web site, the DFSA monthly newsletter and this Facebook group. This work has been instrumental in helping DFSA meet its mission and reach more parents/educators.

Carolyn, parent of Sam (7th grade, DMS), is also a photographer and graphic designer. She created the DFSA logo and designs all of the organization’s other brand materials. In short, she makes us look great! Carolyn will be honored by the Parent Information Center and Governor Maggie Hassan’s office on October 1st in a ceremony in Concord.

DFSA Back To School Picnic!

August 20th, 2014 | Posted by DoverFSA in DFSA Event | School Event - (Comments Off)

Families and Educations of kids with special needs – Please join us for a end of summer pot luck – a great, informal way to meet other families in the “special education” community.

Henry Law Park
Sunday, August 24th, 4-6 PM

Please bring a dish or dessert to share, as well as drinks and seating for your family. Paper products and tables will be provided. Members of the Dover School District special education team are invited, so we hope that this will be a great opportunity to meet with our children’s educators outside of the class setting.

We look forward to seeing you!