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Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA)

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
  • 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 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:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85740570146?pwd=OS9rcUp5cU5hWXF5M1p4VU1jTzMyQT09

Meeting ID: 857 4057 0146

Passcode: Lv1gWj

Link to Presentation

Fran English

Sarah Kappler

Jan Hamilton

&

Karen Russell

Sept.20

4:30pm

Family Feedback - Listening Session & Needs Assessment

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click for flyer - Spanish

Zoom Link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82246164696?pwd=ejlGVmEwZFc1bXlLeUphVUhCR2t2QT09

Meeting ID: 822 4616 4696

Passcode: 1vFpL0

 

Sept. 27

6:00pm

We Can Do It!  Addressing Mental

Health Needs:  Returning to the 

School Sites

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click for flyer - Spanish

 

Zoom Link:

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82015102836?pwd=Z1Fjb0VuUWxkWUhRREdxUUI3SUYwUT09

Meeting ID: 820 1510 2836

Passcode: 452132

Dr. Melissa L. Holland

Associate Professor of School of Psychology 

California State University, Sacramento (SCUS)

Oct. 18

6:00pm

Measuring My Child's Strengths And Needs

Zoom Link:

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87113529490?pwd=YTRCei90dDVCeGFGSXFvSlRDYzVZUT09

Meeting ID: 871 1352 9490 Passcode: 296248

 

Nov. 15

6:00pm

Dyslexia

Zoom Link:

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86991356567?pwd=bHM3aWdFTWd1QW14LzNrSnJMRHV4QT09

Meeting ID: 869 9135 6567

Passcode: 090172

 

Jan. 10

6:00pm

Supporting Student with Disabilities That Are English Learners

Zoom Link:

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84780975843?pwd=ck8yZk5HR3JSMFJ5Uk13d09yWlptdz09

Meeting ID: 847 8097 5843

Passcode: 491317

 

Feb. 14

6:00pm

Family Feedback - Listening Session & Needs Assessment

Zoom Link: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81160392226?pwd=eG95ZitndjBEUGxLMDh3YXFVeHFSQT09

Meeting ID: 811 6039 2226

Passcode: FOmJ49

 

Mar. 7

6:00pm

Goal Writing

Zoom Link:

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89327052422?pwd=SDhjbVlBcWRlT2xqVk9Za1VwaUZNUT09

Meeting ID: 893 2705 2422

Passcode: 868541

 

Apr. 18

6:00pm

Legislative

Advocacy Day

 

State SELPA 

Organization

May 4

Special Education 

Recognition

Awards (SERA)

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86235451441?pwd=ZkE2dTk2dzVtZloyMXNCVmNvYmE2dz09

Meeting ID: 862 3545 1441

Passcode: 278288

 

May 23

4:00pm

Other      

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

REGIONAL POLICY BOARD

 

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

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:

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