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Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA)

 

Next Mission Valley SELPA Regional Policy Board Meeting on Tuesday, December 15th at 9:00am

  

what is a selpa?

WHAT IS SELPA?

SELPA is an acronym for Special Education Local Plan Area.

In 1977, all school districts and county school offices were mandated to form consortiums in geographical regions of sufficient size and scope to provide for all special education service needs of children residing within the region boundaries. Each region, Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA), developed a local plan describing how it would provide special education services.

SELPAs are dedicated to the belief that all students can learn and that special needs students must be guaranteed equal opportunity to become contributing members of society. SELPAs facilitate high quality educational programs and services for special needs students and training for parents and educators. The SELPA collaborates with county agencies and school districts to develop and maintain healthy and enriching environments in which special needs students and families can live and succeed.

Mission Valley SELPA

What is the Mission Valley SELPA?  

The Mission Valley SELPA consists of three school districts: New Haven Unified, Newark and Fremont Unified School Districts.  The SELPA was formed for the purpose of ensuring that quality special education programs and services are available to students living throughout the area. All three school districts coordinate to provide services to identified students who require special education programs and services. The special education directors within each of the districts meet regularly to share resources and coordinate as related to shared program goals.

Shared Programs:

Presently the three districts share:

  • Infant Services Program
  • Transition Partnership Program (TPP)
  • Special Olympics (opting out 2020/2021 school year)
  • Community Advisory Committee (CAC)
    • Parent Chairperson:  Vacant (Andrea Chamberlin, Interim Chairperson)
    • Parent Vice Chairperson:  Vacant
    • Members At Large:  Vacant

Who to contact:

District Director Contact

Newark USD

Jan Hamilton

jhamilton@newarkunified.org

New Haven USD

Sarah Kappler

skappler@nhusd.k12.ca.us

Fremont USD

Fran English

fenglish@fusdk12.net

SELPA Director

Karen Russell

krussell@fusdk12.net

 

What Is The Mission of the Mission Valley SELPA and What Are The Goals?

The Mission Valley SELPA believes that all students can learn. Our mission is to support special education students in achieving a high level of academic/functional performance according to national, state, and local standards. To assure this outcome, the SELPA will provide information, resources and support to students, parents, and school staff.

Goals:

1.  All individuals receive a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment (LRE).

2.  All general education resources are considered and, where appropriate, utilized on a local or regional basis to meet the needs of SWD.

3. A system exists at the regional level for the identification, assessment and placement of SWD.

4.  A viable system for public education is functioning in the community, with broad participation and interaction involving parents and other agencies serving children and young adults.

5.  An annual compliance monitoring system is implemented, and continues to assure items found to be non-compliant with the California Department of Education Quality Assurance processes, and promptly corrected in accordance with the law.

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Mission Valley SELPA Calendar

What Where / Zoom Link Who When

Meet & Greet Your

SELPA Special Education

Directors

 

Fran English

Sarah Kappler

Jan Hamilton &

Karen Russell

Sept. 10

6:00pm

Parents of Children

with ASD:  Help With

Distance Learning! 

(click for flyer)

Zoom Link:

https://zoom.us/j/97511171491?pwd=cGhleGJyL2hDZ2puSFdHSlhaZ3NLdz09

Meeting ID: 975 1117 1491

Passcode: 463788

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 +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

 +1 408 638 0968 US (San Jose)

Anne England,

CAPTAIN

Courtney Bridges,

Program Specialist @

FUSD

November 17

6:00pm

ZOOM IEPs, What

you need to know

around COVID

issues, effective 

collaboration and

advocacy, as well

as the importance

of the CAC

involvement

(click for flyer)

Zoom Link:

https://zoom.us/j/95998915723?pwd=V215b0JkU1NTbEd6SUlBdHQ4ZldiZz09

Meeting ID: 959 9891 5723

Passcode: 659152

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Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/adgcGycfJP

Cheryl A. Theis, MA

Education Advocate

Disability Rights Education

and Defense Fund (DREDF)

Dec. 8

6:00pm

Managing Behavior

in Distance

Learning Settings

 

Bree Holoka, , NUSD

Dana Loeffler &

Patrick Huang, NHUSD 

Behavior Intervention

Specialists

January 12

6:00pm

Self-Care for Parents

During Distance

Learning

 

FUSD School

Psychologists:

Michele Goddard

Julie Xie

Yvette Helmers

Glynis Mason

Feb. 9

6:00pm

"YIKES! I'm graduating

soon!  What Now?"

Navigating the 

Post-Secondary

Career / College Paths!

Zoom Link:

https://zoom.us/j/94184114424?pwd=QVhCZ0hZeUt4ZnR4WkxPQ0NHL3dIdz09

Meeting ID: 941 8411 4424

Passcode: 488405

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Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/adkOmvKG5q

Glynis Mason

Lakshmi

Balasubramanian

Lorraine Neira

Dr. Jennifer Luebke,

CEO of Ability

Revolution 

March 9

6:00pm

Legislative Advocacy Day  

State SELPA 

Organization

April 2021

TBD

Special Education 

Recognition Awards (SERA)

   

May 19

4:00pm

Other      

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mission valley selpa PLANS

REGIONAL POLICY BOARD

REGIONAL POLICY BOARD

The Mission Valley SELPA Regional Policy Board (RPB) is the governing body for the  Mission Valley SELPA.  The RPB is composed of 6 voting members: the superintendents from each district, and a board member from each district. 

Their responsibilities include:

1.     Selection of the SELPA Administrator

2.     Establishment and promotion of a Community Advisory Committee

3.     Review, approve, and monitor all budgets assigned to the SELPA

4.     Provide leadership to the SELPA regarding the development, revision, implementation and review of the Local Plan

5.     Review, approve, and monitor the allocation of special education funds to local education agencies

6.     Approval of all SELPA policies, standards and guidelines

The Regional Policy Board meets four times over the course of the school year.

The Regional Policy Board meeting dates for this year are:

September 29, 2020 | Agenda

December 15, 2020

March 23, 2021

June 22, 2021

Meetings will be held by Zoom until otherwise noted.  9:00am - 11:00am