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Special Education Mission Valley Local Plan Area (SELPA)


On behalf of the Mission Valley SELPA - WELCOME.  We believe ALL people have the right to learn, grow, connect, and be treated with dignity and respect.  Thank you for being an advocate for your child.  PARENT, GUARDIAN and CARE-GIVER are essential relationship partners; and we value COLLABORATION as it is the key to developing quality special education programs and services for our students.  Explore our website and learn more about us, what we have to offer and how we serve children with disabilities in the Mission Valley SELPA.  ~ Sarah Kappler, Mission Valley Interim SELPA Director

what is a Special education local planning area (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 (MV) 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.

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

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.

What are the Shared Programs in the MV SELPA?

Presently the three districts share:

  • Infant Services Program
  • Transition Partnership Program (TPP)
  • Special Olympics
  • Community Advisory Committee (CAC)
    • Parent Chairperson:  Vacant
    • Parent Vice Chairperson:  Kanaka Kannan
    • Parent Secretary:  Sundeep Singh
    • Members At Large:  Vacant

Who are the MV SELPA contacts?

District Director Contact

Newark USD

Olivia Rangel

New Haven USD

Sarah Kappler

Fremont USD

Fran English

Interim SELPA Director

Sarah Kappler


Child Find

Each Local Educational Agencies (LEA) within the Mission Valley Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) offers programs for youngsters, between the ages of birth and 21 years of age, who have:

✓ Communication problems     ✓ Learning difficulties       ✓ Physical disabilities             ✓ Severe disabilities

If you think your child needs special help in school, call his/her school or district office of Special Education at the appropriate number listed below.

Fremont USD Special Education Department (510) 659-2549

Newark USD Special Education Department (510) 818-4103

New Haven USD Special Services Department (510) 471-1100 

mv selpa cALENDAR

Mission Valley SELPA Calendar 2022-2023

What Where / Zoom Link Who Date & Time

IEP 101 - Understanding the IEP &

Advocating For Your Child

click for flyer - English

click for flyer - Spanish 

Unfortunately we were unable to retrieve the

recording from this presentation.

Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 858 3094 6388

Passcode: 328420

Handout from Presentation

Presenter:  Eileen Crumm,

     PhD, MPA

Executive Director

Family Resource


Sept. 12


Super Powers Unite - Disability Resource

Festival & Opportunity to Meet First Responders (video)

click for flyer

Fremont Downtown

Event Center

3500 Capitol Ave, Fremont


Sept. 25

11am - 2pm

CAC Movie Night

This event has been postponed to a later date

Hirsch Elementary School

41399 Chapel Way, Fremont



Getting the Right Support:  Understanding the

Differences Between Modifications and

Accommodations (and How It Affects the Diploma)

click for flyer - English

click for flyer - Spanish

Zoom Link

Meeting ID:  857 0450 2652

Passcode: 675790

Handout from Presentation


Megan Foster

Nov. 14 


Coffee Talk with District SPED Directors:  Family

Feedback - Listening Session & Needs Assessment

Newark USD - Jessica Rangel, Director


New Haven USD - Sarah Kappler, Director





Zoom Link


In Person Event

Union City Family Center

725 Whipple Rd.,  Union City


Feb. 27


Coffee Talk with District SPED Directors:  Family

Feedback - Listening Session & Needs Assessment

Fremont USD - Fran English, Director


Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 898 0980 7321

Passcode: 549569


Mar. 6 


Getting the Right Support

The Connection Between Eligibility, Goals & Services

click for flyer - English 

click for flyer - Spanish


Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 819 8098 0129

Passcode: eQg4Yv


Mar. 20


Augmentative and Alternative Communication

(AAC) and Evidence Based Practices (EBP) to

Support Students with Learning Differences

click for flyer - English 

click for flyer - Spanish 



    Passcode for Recording: .#W^s6#J

Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 819 8098 0129

Passcode: eQg4Yv

Courtney Caviggia

Katie Baumgartel

Apr. 17



Advocacy Day


State SELPA 


May 3

Special Education 


Awards (SERA)

Zoom Link

Meeting ID:



May 8


Special Olympics

Elementary                  Soccer

Secondary Soccer


Track & Field

Mattos Elementary  

American HS

Newark Memorial

Logan High School

Nov. 4          

Nov. 18

Feb. 17

May 5

Previous Parent workshops 


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

Dyslexia - presented by Dr. Kathy Futterman, EdD

     Powerpoint Presentation

Supporting Student with Disabilities That Are English Learners - presented by Dr. Jarice Butterfield, Ph.D

     Supporting EL Multi Lingual Learners with Disabilities for Parents


Mission Valley SELPA Procedural Guidelines

Mission Valley Special Education Local Planning Area (Procedural Guidelines)

Mission Valley SELPA Plans

Local Plan (Approved June 2020) 

Annual Service Budget / Annual Service Plan Public Hearing

Was held on June 14, 2022 at 8:00 am at Fremont Unified School District, 4210 Technology Drive, Fremont, CA in the Central Meeting Room.

Public Hearing Notice: Annual Service Budget / Annual Service Plan

The California Department of Education has directed all SELPAs in the state to conduct a public hearing on their 2022/2023 Annual Budget and Service Plans. This public hearing enabled the Mission Valley SELPA to comply with this instruction.

Annual Service Plan 2022/2023 

Annual Budget Plan 2022/2023 


What is the 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.

Who are the members of the Regional Policy Board for the Mission Valley SELPA?

  • Superintendent CJ Cammack (FUSD)                                    ●   Board Member Larry Sweeney (FUSD)
  • Superintendent Michael Milliken (NUSD)                             ●   Board Member Katherine Jones (NUSD)
  • Superintendent John Thompson (NHUSD)                          ●   Board Member Shamsa Rafay (NHUSD)

The Regional Policy Board meeting dates for this year are:

September 27, 2022 Agenda, Minutes

November 15, 2022 - Agenda, Video, Minutes (unapproved)

March 14, 2023 - Agenda 

June 13, 2023

Meetings held at the Fremont Unified School District, Central Meeting Room, 3:30pm - 5:30pm

The Regional Policy Board meetings for 2021/2022 were:

November 2, 2021 Agenda, Minutes                                     March 29, 2022 Agenda, Minutes

January 18, 2022 Agenda, Minutes                                        June 14, 2022 Agenda, Minutes

The next Mission Valley SELPA Regional Policy Board Meeting is Tuesday, March 14, 2023 at 3:30pm.  To be held at Fremont Unified School District, Central Meeting Room.


MV SELPA Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Resources

ADR in the MV SELPA and How To Make a Request

The Mission Valley SELPA embraces the tenets of resolving differences in a collaborative and meaningful manner.  To do so, in place is a process by which parents, caregivers, and guardians can request Alternative Dispute Resolution, after the site based resource for resolution have been exhausted.  When ADR is requested a neutral ombudsman will be assigned to the family to assist in resolving conflicts related to the implementation of a child’s IEP.  

ADR may be requested by either parent(s) or the district. ADR is entirely voluntary and must be agreed to by all involved parties. The ombudsman will gather information from all involved, clarify the issues, provide information about the process, and assist the parties in determining whether the situation is best served through a Facilitated IEP  or an Informal Resolution Session. 

To request support related to using a neutral third party to resolve a problem that you have been unable to settle through existing resources (case manager, principal, program specialist, etc.) please contact your district's director to have an ADR ombudsman assigned to you.

Fremont USD:  Fran English                      New Haven USD:   Sarah Kappler                  Newark USD:  Olivia Rangel

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