Special Education Advisory Panel (SEAP)

The Minnesota Special Education Advisory Panel (SEAP) provides guidance to the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) with respect to policies on special education and related services for children and youth with disabilities in Minnesota. The federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) establishes SEAP and outlines its duties.

Members are appointed by the governor’s office through the commissioner of education. Advisory panel members include parents/guardians, individuals with disabilities, educators, teacher trainers, advocates, special education administrators, and staff from our agency and other state agencies to bring diverse perspectives together to make recommendations on special education issues.

Upcoming Meetings

June 18, 2021
September 14, 2021 (orientation)
September 24, 2021
November 19, 2021
January 21, 2022
April 15, 2022

Due to current restrictions in place for COVID-19, SEAP meeting dates, locations and delivery methods are subject to change.

Past Meetings

April 16, 2021
April 16, 2021 SEAP agenda; presentation: postsecondary transition, legislative update, impact of COVID-19 on students with disabilities

January 22, 2021

January 22, 2021 SEAP agenda; presentation: federal reporting, safe learning plan

November 20, 2020
November 20, 2020 SEAP agenda; presentation: child find, federal reporting, autism spectrum disorders; view November 20, 2020 SEAP minutes

September 25, 2020

September 25, 2020 SEAP agenda; presentation: overview, safe learning plans, transition, opportunity gaps; view September 25, 2020 SEAP minutes

General SEAP Documents


  •  - 9/23/20
    Roster includes term end date
  • Special Education Advisory Panel (SEAP) Annual Report - 8/17/20
    July 2019 - June 2020
  •  - 2/14/20
    Expectations for members of the public and guests at Special Education Advisory Panel meetings
  • Special Education Advisory Panel Operating Policies and Procedures - 9/17/19
    December 2016 updates
  •  - 8/16/19
    Guidelines for members of the public for addressing comments to the Special Education Advisory Panel.