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Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA)


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


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 2021/2021 Annual Budget and Service Plans. This public hearing enables the Mission Valley SELPA to comply with this instruction.

Annual Service Plan                                              

Annual Budget Plan

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 (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

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 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.

mv selpa cALENDAR

Mission Valley SELPA Calendar

What Where / Zoom Link Who When

Meet & Greet Your

SELPA Special Education



Fran English

Sarah Kappler

Jan Hamilton &

Karen Russell



Parents of Children

with ASD:  Help


Distance Learning! 

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Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 975 1117 1491

Passcode: 463788

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Anne England,


Courtney Bridges,

Program Specialist @ FUSD

Nov. 17



you need to know

around COVID

issues, effective 

collaboration and

advocacy, as well

as the importance

of the CAC


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Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 959 9891 5723

Passcode: 659152

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Cheryl A. Theis, MA

Education Advocate

Disability Rights Education

and Defense Fund (DREDF)

Dec. 8


Behavior is Communication:

How to encourage

behaviors for

better Learning

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Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 982 7649 3887

Passcode: 955043

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Bree Holoka, NUSD

Dana Loeffler &

Patrick Huang, NHUSD 


Jan. 12


Self-Care for Parents:


Distance Learning!

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Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 984 7776 6741

Passcode: 288308

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FUSD School


Julie Xie

Yvette Helmers

Program Specialist:

Glynis Mason

Feb. 9


So What's Next? -


Programs for 

Students with

Learning Differences

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Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 941 8411 4424

Passcode: 488405

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Glynis Mason



Lorraine Neira

Dr. Jennifer Luebke,

CEO of Ability


Ann Burdett, Director of 

Student Accessibility

Services for Ohlone

Community College

Mar. 9



Advocacy Day


State SELPA 


May 5

Special Education 


Awards (SERA)


May 20



mission valley selpa procedural guidelines

mission valley selpa PLANS



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 Agenda 

March 23, 2021 Agenda

June 22, 2021 Agenda

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