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Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA)

what is a 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
  • 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

New Haven USD

Sarah Kappler

Fremont USD

Fran English

SELPA Director

Karen Russell


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.


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 students with disabilities.

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

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.

mv selpa cALENDAR

Mission Valley SELPA Calendar 2021-2022

What Where / Zoom Link Who When

Meet & Greet Your SELPA Special Education Directors

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(click for flyer in Spanish)

Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 857 4057 0146

Passcode: Lv1gWj

Link to Presentation

Fran English

Sarah Kappler

Jan Hamilton


Karen Russell



Family Feedback - Listening Session & Needs Assessment

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click for flyer - Spanish

Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 822 4616 4696

Passcode: 1vFpL0


Sept. 27


We Can Do It!  Addressing Mental

Health Needs:  Returning to the 

School Sites

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click for flyer - Spanish


Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 820 1510 2836

Passcode: 452132

Dr. Melissa L. Holland

Associate Professor of School of Psychology 

California State University, Sacramento (SCUS)

Oct. 18


Measuring My Child's Strengths And Needs

Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 871 1352 9490 Passcode: 296248


Nov. 15



Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 869 9135 6567

Passcode: 090172


Jan. 10


Supporting Student with Disabilities That Are English Learners

Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 847 8097 5843

Passcode: 491317


Feb. 14


Family Feedback - Listening Session & Needs Assessment

Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 811 6039 2226

Passcode: FOmJ49


Mar. 7


Goal Writing

Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 893 2705 2422

Passcode: 868541


Apr. 18



Advocacy Day


State SELPA 


May 4

Special Education 


Awards (SERA)

Meeting ID: 862 3545 1441

Passcode: 278288


May 23



Previous Parent workshops 

Parents of Children with ASD:  Help With Distance Learning

     How to Support Your Learner with ASD During Distance Learning Presentation

ZOOM IEPs - What you need to know around COVID issues effective collaboration and advocacy, as well as the importance of the CAC involvement

Behavior Is Communication:  How to encourage behaviors for better learning

Self-Care for Parents:  Navigating distance learning!

     Self-Care for Parents Presentation #1

     Self-Care for Parents Presentation #2

So What's Next? - Post-secondary programs for student with learning differences

     TPP Presentation

     Ohlone College Presentation

     Finding the Right College Presentation

     Post Secondary Options Presentation

     Ohlone & Chabot Links and Websites


mission valley selpa procedural guidelines

mission valley selpa PLANS

Annual Service Budget / Annual Service Plan Public Hearing

Was held on June 22, 2021 at 8:00am via Zoom 

The California Department of Education has directed all SELPAs in the state to conduct a public hearing on their 2021/2022 Annual Budget and Service Plans. This public hearing enables the Mission Valley SELPA to comply with this instruction.

Annual Service Plan                                              

Annual Budget Plan



The next Mission Valley SELPA Regional Policy Board Meeting is Tuesday, November 2, 2021 at 9:00am


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:

November 2, 2021

January 18, 2022

March 29, 2022

June 14, 2022

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